Streaming-Driven Publishing: J. Cole & More

Collect publishing royalties from this hip-hop catalog featuring Grammy-nominated artist J.Cole in addition to Bas, A$AP Ferg and more.


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Top Bid: Igor H

The Theoretical IRR is a formulaic guideline based on an extrapolation of the normalized, historical earnings trend of the catalog. The Theoretical IRR is not a guarantee of future performance. It should be used for comparison purposes only. Each catalog has its own risk factors and the Theoretical IRR is not based upon a specific analysis of this catalog. Click here to view the basis for all Theoretical IRR calculations.

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: $3,500
Bidding Increment: $150
Closing Price: $6,050
End Date: Jul 16, 2019, 3:00 PM MDT
Dollar Age:

4.24 Years

Last 12 Months' Royalties: $1,168
Investment Term: 10 years*
Distributors: ASCAP
Rights Included:

Public Performance

Interests Included:

Publisher (U.S. Only)

Track List:

Track List

First Distribution: September 20, 2019
Distribution Frequency: Quarterly
Buyer Fees:


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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: ASCAP


Up for auction is a streaming-driven catalog featuring current heavyweights from the hip-hop team Dreamville Records including label-creator J.Cole, Bas, K-Quick and more. Streaming earnings make up the majority of the earnings, contributing to over 85% of revenue historically. What’s good news for the winning investor is over the last two years, streaming earnings have remained consistent.

It’s no surprise streaming drives this catalog’s earnings. On YouTube alone, this collection’s highest-earning work “Lit” claims over 10 million spins, contributing to 41% of earnings in the last year. Released in 2014 to the label compilation album Revenge of the Dreamers, the track benefits from placement on the album alongside all Dreamville Records artists. The Bas track features labelmate J.Cole who alone, currently claims over 25 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

In addition, the J.Cole track “Rich Niggaz” contributes to 36% of earnings in the last 12 months alone. Featured on J.Cole’s certified Platinum 2013 album Born Sinner, the album itself debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, eventually climbing to a number one seat in its third week on the chart.

Additionally, this track benefits from one new release in Bas and A$AP Ferg’s “Boca Raton.” Released in 2018, this track has only just begun to earn. As the winning investor, you are entitled to all future royalties generated by the new release.

Key Drivers

Streaming/Hip-Hop. 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. Streaming accounts for 99% of this catalog’s earnings over the last 12 months.

About the Royalty Distributor

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is one of four United States performing rights organizations, along with BMI, 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 ASCAP’s distribution schedule, click here.

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