Single-Song Hip-Hop Publishing Royalties

Get in on the ground floor with these publishing royalties from the 2018 release “Do Better” by up-and-coming hip-hop artist Lil Donald.


closing price

Auction Closed

Top Bid: Nicholas S

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: $30,000
Bidding Increment: $1,000
Closing Price: $40,000
End Date: Jan 15, 2020, 3:00 PM MST
Dollar Age:

1.88 Years

Last 2 Quarters Earnings:


Investment Term:

10 years**



Rights Included:

Mechanical, Public Performance, Sync (See Note Below)

Interests Included:

Publisher (World)

Track List:

Track List

First Distribution (paid 30 days from receipt):

March 31, 2020

Distribution Frequency:


Buyer Fees:

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

* This catalog has only collected for 2 quarters.
** Please see the FAQ tab for more information on the 10-year investment term.

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


Place a bid on this listing that features the 2018 release “Do Better” from hip-hop artist Lil Donald. The songwriter’s share of public performance royalties for this song was listed last summer, and you can view that auction here

Now up for bid is the publisher’s side of the single. As the winning bidder, you will collect mechanical, public performance, and sync royalties for “Do Better.” 

Since the song is a newer release, it has only collected two quarterly payments to date. The largest income source is YouTube, with 66% of revenue thus far. The track has garnered 63+ million YouTube video views since its release. Public performance royalties are the next top-producing source with 29% of earnings in the last two quarters. 

Atlanta based hip-hop artist Lil Donald first came onto the scene in 2012, launching his career through the world of battle-rap. “Do Better” remains his most popular song on Spotify with over 25 million spins on the platform.

Key Drivers

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.

Hip-Hop/Streaming. This catalog is a perfect example of two trends: hip-hop and streaming's growth worldwide. According to BuzzAngle's 2018 Year End Report, hip-hop is the most popular genre of music in the U.S. The driver for the increase is streaming. Hip-hop/rap tracks accounted for more than a quarter of all on-demand plays on music streaming services in the US in 2018. 

New Releases. Lil Donald just recently released a new single “Running” in early January 2020. While the new song is 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.

Note About What Is being SOld

The seller's interest in the publisher's share of mechanical, sync, and public performance royalties (excluding physical sales and direct downloads) for the musical compositions in the Track List noted above. 

About the Royalty Distributor

Songtrust is a global digital rights management platform allowing music creators to independently manage their composition royalty rights. Based in New York, it is a division of Downtown. Songtrust streamlines the music publishing administration of 2,000,000+ songs.

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