Publishing Royalties: Pop, Country, Christian & Rock

Earn from multiple income sources with a catalog featuring a wide array of music from pop to rock to country and Christian.


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Top Bid: Stephen T

Historic royalty income is no indication of future royalty income. Future royalty income is dependent upon future sales and licensing revenue generated by the sound recordings or compositions associated with this listing.

Starting Price: $55,000
Bidding Increment: $2,500
Closing Price: $192,500
End Date: May 16, 2018, 3:27 PM MDT
Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years
Last 12 Months' Royalties: $24,187
Royalty Type: Public Performance, Mechanical, Sync
First Payment: June 2018
Buyer Fees: None


Invest in publishing royalties generated by catalog containing pop, country, rock and Christian music. This asset earned $24,187 in the last 12 months.

As the winner of this auction, you will collect the publisher's share of sync, mechanical, and public performance royalties. The largest income source for this catalog historically is mechanical royalties — publishing royalties earned when music is either physically sold (CDs), downloaded (iTunes), or streamed online (Spotify). These mechanical royalties make up 60% of earnings for this catalog in the last year.

Aside from the varied income mix, this catalog also features diverse genres. Historically, the highest-earning title is “Wrecking Ball (Press On)” from the Christian rock band Building 429. Released in 2014, the single was off Building 429’s Grammy-nominated album We Won’t be Shaken. This catalog includes eight additional tracks from Building 429.

Also featured in this offering are three tracks from EDM rock band Starset. In the last 12 months, Starset's “Carnivore” was the catalog's highest-earning song with 21% of royalties. Representing country music in this collection is the 2017 release “Lonely Call” from RaeLynn. The song charted at No. 50 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs.

Not to be forgotten are “You Don’t Know My Heart” from pop singer Rachel Platten, “Be Your Everything” from Boston rock band Boys Like Girls, along with titles from Christian rock group Anthem Lights and pop country duo Megan and Liz.

Key Drivers

Income Mix. This auction is for three different royalty streams for the catalog. This means the winner of this auction can receive income in multiple ways:

  • Mechanical: Royalties paid to songwriters and publishers when music is sold (think CD or vinyl) but also when music is streamed (streaming mechanicals).

  • Performance: Royalties when music is performed publicly. Music played over the radio, in a restaurant or bar, or over a service like Spotify or Pandora is considered a public performance.

  • Synchronization: Royalties paid to songwriters and publishers for use of a song as background music for a movie, TV show, or commercial.

Mechanical Rates. The U.S. Copyright Royalty Board recently raised the rates digital music services must pay for mechanical royalties… by nearly 44% over the next five years. Historically, this catalog earns primarily from royalties from mechanical royalties — 63% in the last 12 months. As the winner of this auction, you will benefit from the mechanical rate increase as you collect mechanical royalties.

What Is Being Sold?

100% of the seller's interest in the publisher's share of mechanical, sync and public performance royalties attributable the seller's Kobalt catalog. See the “Financials” tab for a full track list.

IMPORTANT NOTE: SONGS Music Publishing was recently acquired by Kobalt Music Group. The data presented in the financials are from SONGS Music Publishing. Going forward, Kobalt will be administering this catalog and the winning bidder will receive payments from Kobalt. The track list includes both SONGS and Kobalt track IDs.

How Does This Asset Make Money?

Kobalt makes payments twice a year. Royalty Exchange will collect the payments from Kobalt and disburse to you as the winning bidder. The next distribution is scheduled for June 2018, to be paid to the winning bidder by Royalty Exchange in July 2018.

What rights are included?

  Musical Composition Sound Recording
Copyrights included? No
Public Performance
Sources: Internet Streaming, AM/FM & Satellite Radio, Digital Downloads, CD Sales, TV/Film/Commercial Placements & Performances, etc. Internet Streaming, Satellite Radio, Digital Downloads, CD Sales, TV/Film/Commercial Placements & Performances, Samples, etc.
Distributors: Kobalt

About the Royalty Distributor

Kobalt Music Group is an independent rights management and publishing company, acting primarily as an administrative publishing company, not owning any copyrights. Kobalt is trusted by some of the world’s greatest artists, and represents more than 40% of the top 100 songs and albums in the U.S. and U.K.

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