Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop The Music” — Publishing Royalties

Bid on 12-year-old growing royalties from the Grammy-nominated, 4x Platinum “Don’t Stop The Music” by pop megastar Rihanna!


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Top Bid: B-Side A

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Starting Price: $195,000
Bidding Increment: $4,000
Closing Price: $203,000
End Date: Apr 16, 2020, 3:00 PM MDT
Dollar Age:

12.55 Years

Last 12 Months' Royalties:


Investment Term: 10 years*
Distributors: Sony/ATV
Rights Included:

Mechanical, Public Performance, Sync

Interests Included:

Songwriter (World)

Track List:

Track List

First Distribution: (paid 30 days from receipt):

September 30, 2020

Distribution Frequency: Biannually
Buyer Fees:

1% of closing price or $500 (whichever is greater)

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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: Sony/ATV


Opportunities to earn on an iconic multi-Platinum track don’t come around often… so don’t miss out on this one! This exciting offering features publishing earnings generated by Rihanna’s hit single “Don’t Stop The Music.”


  • 12+ year Dollar Age
  • Multi-Platinum track from iconic artist 
  • Positive earnings trends
  • Multiple royalty types, including valuable streaming mechanical earnings


“Don’t Stop The Music” was released in 2007 but continues to generate royalties that grow year-over-year 12 years later — with a 27% increase overall in just the last year. 

The same holds true for the individual sources of royalties contributing to this total, each of which grew by double digits:

  • Public performance: 10%
  • Mechanical: 26%
  • Sync: 57%

Public performance royalties are the leading source of royalties, with  51% of last year’s earnings, while mechanicals follow with 40%. 

You’ll notice a spike in international earnings in H2-2019. This is because Sony/ATV made a one-time change in how it distributes foreign earnings during that period. Foreign earnings in H2-2019 included 12 months of royalties as opposed to 6 months. This was to “catch up” and pay foreign earnings on the same schedule as domestic earnings. Going forward, the winning bidder will receive six months of foreign earnings on each biannual statement.


“Don’t Stop The Music” was a critical and commercial success — a 4x certified Platinum hit that reached No. 1 on the charts of nine countries (including the Billboard Dance Club chart), not to mention earning a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording. The song has 288+ million spins on Spotify to date, while the video has nearly 515+ million views on YouTube. 

Interestingly, Michael Jackson received a songwriting credit on the track thanks to a sample of his 1983 single "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin’,” which is featured predominantly throughout the song. How often do you get a chance to earn from a song with a Michael Jackson writing credit?

The catalog also includes a remix “Don’t Stop The Music (MK Remix)” — produced by French DJ/producer Bob Sinclair.

Key Drivers

Dollar Age. This catalog has a Dollar Age of 12.55 years. This means the majority of royalties earned in the last 12 months came from songs that have collected royalties for nearly 13 years. A high Dollar Age like this suggests stability and longevity.

A catalog containing mature works with consistent earnings is something worth noting as an investor. This can help sustain a catalog's earnings moving forward.

Income Mix. The winner of this auction can receive income in various ways:

  • Mechanical: Royalties paid to songwriters and publishers when music is sold (think CD or vinyl) but also when music is streamed (streaming mechanicals) “on-demand” (like Spotify).
  • 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.

Featured Artist. Often recognized as a pop icon, Rihanna is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with 280 million records sold worldwide. She has won nine Grammys and has a total of 31 Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 to her name.

Rihanna is set to release a very highly-anticipated new album in 2020. While the new songs are not included in this auction, new releases can help boost an artist's back catalog. The release of new music draws discovery among first-time listeners and re-engages existing fans.

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: info@royaltyexchange.com.

About the Royalty Distributor

Sony/ATV Music Publishing is an American music publishing company owned by Sony through Sony Entertainment. It is the world’s largest music publishing company with a network of 37 offices in 29 cities and 22 countries across the globe. Since 2012 Sony/ATV has administered EMI Music Publishing, further extending the reach of the songs, songwriters, and artists it represents. Sony/ATV’s distribution schedule is biannual.


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