Sean Paul, Jason Derulo + Pitbull — Songwriter Royalties

At stake in this auction is public performance revenue generated tracks from pop’s hottest artists.


closing price

Auction Closed

Top Bid: Raj P

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: $242,000
Bidding Increment: $9,500
Closing Price: $299,000
End Date: Feb 13, 2020, 3:00 PM MST
Dollar Age:

2.49 Years

Last 12 Months' Royalties: $96,101
Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years
Distributors: BMI
Rights Included:

Public Performance

Interests Included:

Songwriter (World)

Track List:

Track List

First Distribution (paid 30 days from receipt):

March 20, 2020

Distribution Frequency: Quarterly
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, TV/Film/Commercial Performances, etc. Internet Streaming, Satellite Radio, Digital Downloads, CD Sales, TV/Film/Commercial Placements & Performances, Samples, etc.
Distributors: BMI


Here’s another chance to own performance royalty income from an asset featuring an A-list of current pop superstars. Up for bid is a star-studded pop catalog with global appeal featuring hits from the likes of Sean Paul, Jason Derulo, Pitbull, J Balvin, Camila Cabello, and Chris Brown.

This offering’s highest-earning title is Sean Paul’s “No Lie” featuring English singer Dua Lipa, with 44% of last year’s royalties. Released in 2016, the song cracked the Top 10 on the UK Singles list and charted in an additional 20+ countries. “No Lie” also happens to be Sean Paul’s most popular song to date on Spotify, with close to 361 million streams. 

Right behind “No Lie” is Jason Derulo’s “Tip Toe,” bringing in 39% of royalties over the last four quarters. The song features hip-hop artist French Montana and was a worldwide hit, charting in 22 separate countries and reaching Gold-certified or better in five, including Platinum in the UK. 

Also notable is the track “Hey Ma,” a collaboration between Pitbull, J Balvin, and Camila Cabello. Released in 2017 on The Fate of the Furious soundtrack, royalties for the song remain rather stable year-over-year. It debuted at No. 5 on the Hot Latin Songs chart and was nominated for Best Urban Song at the 2017 Latin Grammys. 

Both “Tip Toe” and “Hey Ma” recently appeared on an earlier Royalty Exchange listing, as they share common songwriters. You can see the other songwriter's auction here.

Another Pitbull title included is “Por Favor,” a collaboration with the girl group Fifth Harmony. Finally,  Chris Brown’s Platinum-certified “Questions” from his 2017 album Heartbeat round out the catalog.

As a result of the songs’ worldwide popularity, a staggering 94% of last year’s revenue was generated outside the United States. The top revenue-producing countries are the United Kingdom, Italy, and The Netherlands.

Key Drivers

Star Power. Not surprisingly, the global star power associated with this catalog is an attractive feature. From Sean Paul to Pitbull to J. Balvin to Jason Derulo to Camila Cabello — these are multi-Platinum-selling artists with a proven track record of hits, loyal fan bases, and mainstream appeal. 

Pitbull has sold over 100 million records worldwide and touts No. 1 singles in 15 different countries. J Balvin has won four Latin Grammy Awards, collaborated with Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, The Black Eyed Peas, and Cardi B, and still maintains focus on his Latin fanbase. Camila Cabello has amassed billions of streams on streaming platforms and had the best-selling digital single of 2018 according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). 

As these artists continue to gain in popularity and release new songs/albums and tour, this can help boost their back catalog.

Streaming Growth Worldwide. According to IFPI’S Global Music Report 2019, streaming revenues were up 34% in 2018, accounting for nearly half (47%) of total recorded music revenues. By the end of 2018, there were 255 million paid subscription accounts globally. 

International Earnings. The majority of this catalog’s earnings come from abroad — at 94% of last year’s income. These international earnings include income from radio, streaming platforms, and TV/Film.

International royalty distribution can lag behind domestic payments and arrive with limited detail. For instance, this catalog reflects a recent spike in international income as a result of two lump payments from Italy and The Netherlands. As the winner of this auction, you are entitled to any past performance royalties paid by BMI — including any similar lump payments should they occur again — regardless of when they were earned.

About the Royalty Distributor

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) is one of four United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP, SESAC & Global Music Rights. It collects license fees from music users on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. For more information on BMI’s distribution schedule, click here.

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