Publishing Royalties: R&B From Trey Songz

Earn from multiple income sources with this R&B catalog featuring Trey Songz, Tank, and more.


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Top Bid: Andrew C

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: $14,250
Bidding Increment: $450
Closing Price: $21,900
End Date: May 01, 2019, 3:04 PM MDT
Dollar Age:

3.26 Years

Last 12 Months' Royalties: $4,725
Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years
Distributors: Universal Music Publishing Group
Rights Included:

Mechanical, Public Performance, Sync

Interests Included:

Songwriter (World)

Track List:

Track List

First Distribution:

June 30, 2019

Distribution Frequency:


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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: Universal Music Publishing Group


As the winner of this auction, you will collect the publisher's share of sync, mechanical, and public performance royalties for this R&B catalog.

Mechanical royalties — publishing royalties earned when music is either physically sold (CDs), downloaded (iTunes), or streamed online (Spotify) — account for 42% of earnings for this catalog in the last year. Public performance earnings are right behind with 26% of income. What’s more, is these royalties grew an impressive 27% year-over-year.

Trey Songz’s “Smartphones” is the highest-earning song in this offering with 38% of last year’s royalties. Released in 2014, the track is the second single from Trey Songz’s Platinum-selling album Trigga. “Smartphones” peaked at No. 35 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop.

Other notable titles include “You Don’t Know” ” from Tank, featuring hip-hop artist Wale and a 2017 release “Grey” from LeToya Luckett. Released in 2016, “You Don’t Know” brought in 31% of earnings in the last 12 months, making it the second highest-earning song in the collection. LeToya Luckett’s “Grey” accounted for 13% of income last year.

Finally, not to be overlooked are two tracks from popular 90s R&B group Boyz II Men: “Better Half” and “One Up For Love.”

Key Drivers

Dollar Age This collection of songs has a Dollar Age of 3.26. This means the majority of royalties earned in the last 12 months came from songs that have collected royalties for at least three years.

In this case, the catalog’s highest-earning track — “Smartphones” — was released in 2014, and royalties are still being generated. This more mature track can balance the volatility of a newer releases’ earnings, like “You Don’t Know” and “Grey,” released in 2016 and 2017, respectively. An older release can provide more consistent earnings since it has a longer earning history. This can help sustain a catalog's earnings moving forward.

Income Mix. The winner of this auction can receive income from various royalty streams:

  • Mechanical: Royalties paid to songwriters and artists when music is sold (downloaded) but also when music is streamed (streaming mechanicals) “on-demand” like Spotify for example.

  • Performance: Royalties paid to songwriters 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 the licensing of a song in music for a movie, TV show, or commercial.

Matching Right

This seller's publisher holds a matching right on any sale of the income generated by this catalog. The publisher will have the opportunity to match the winning bid after this auction closes. If you are the winning bidder, the publisher must first decline their matching right before you will be able to complete your purchase. For more information on how the matching right works, please email: 

About the Royalty Distributor

Universal Music Publishing Group is a North American music publishing company and is part of the Universal Music Group. Universal Music Publishing is the world's second-largest music publishing company and owns or administers more than 3 million copyrights. They are one of the largest music publishing businesses in the world with more than 43 offices in 36 countries. For more information on Universal Music Group’s distribution schedule, click here and review the schedule related to copyrights.

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