Tinie Tempah’s “Written In The Stars”

Place a bid on consistent sound recording revenue from the global Platinum-certified track “Written In The Stars” performed by English rapper Tinie Tempah and singer Eric Turner. 


closing price

Auction Closed

Top Bid: Anthony B

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: $19,000
Bidding Increment: $500
Closing Price: $47,000
End Date: Feb 03, 2020, 3:09 PM MST
Dollar Age:

9.32 Years

Last 12 Months' Royalties: $4,752
Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years

Parlophone Label Group (See Note Below)

Rights Included:

Sales, Streaming, Sync

Interests Included:

Producer (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)

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What rights are included?


Here’s an opportunity to acquire royalties from a stable, consistent catalog featuring multiple revenue streams. 

Particularly noteworthy is that this offering has a Dollar Age of over nine years, meaning that the royalties earned in the last 12 months have earned royalties for an average of at least nine years. What’s more, 90% last year’s revenues came from streaming, which is also the most consistent source of income with the best year-over-year stability.

Up for bid are sound recording royalties featuring English hip-hop artist Tinie Tempah, including his No. 1, Platinum-selling, single “Written In The Stars.” As the winner of the auction, you will collect sales (downloads), streaming, and sync earnings for “Written In The Stars” along with other songs off Tinie Tempah’s 2010 album Disc-Overy

Released as the third official single from Disc-Overy, “Written In The Stars” is this offering’s top-contributor. The track debuted at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also became Tinie Tempah’s first Top 10 hit on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40. Nearly 10 years after its release, royalties for “Written In The Stars” remain quite consistent. 

The recording also has many licensed placements in various sports programming including Major League Baseball’s 2011 Postseason, WWE’s WrestleMania XXVI, Super Bowl XLVI, and the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games. Any time the song is licensed in future TV/commercial programming, you’ll collect an upfront sync fee. 

Other singles from Disc-Overy included are “Invincible"  featuring Kelly Rowland, “Snap” and "Just a Little" featuring Range.

Key Drivers

Sound Recordings: Sound recording royalties benefit from streaming disproportionately more than composition-based royalties. If Spotify pays 70-cents of every dollar on music rights, 60-cents of that goes to the sound recording copyright (which the label splits with the artist based on their contract agreement), while the remaining 10-cents goes to the composition copyright.

Sound recording rightsholders see significant benefits as a result. In the last year, the majority of royalties came from streaming services — 89%. This is good news for you as the investor, as it follows the industry macro trend of rising streaming royalties for sound recording copyright rightsholders.

Multiple Income Streams. The winner of this auction can receive royalties from various streams:

  • Sales: Royalties paid to artists and producers when a recording is sold, which can be downloaded (on a platform like iTunes), as well as physical copies being sold (such as a C.D.).

  • Streaming: Royalties paid to artists and producers when a recording is streamed “on-demand” (like Spotify for example) as well as non-interactive streaming (Pandora).

  • Synchronization: Royalties paid to artists and producers for the licensing of a recording in music for a movie, TV show, or commercial.


This winner of this auction will collect the royalties directly from the distributor Parlophone Label Group, on a biannual basis. Please see the Post-Auction Process tab for further information.

About the Royalty Distributor

The London-based PLG (Parlophone Label Group) joined Warner Music Group in 2013, bringing to the WMG family such artists as Coldplay, David Guetta, Lily Allen, Kylie Minogue, Damon Albarn, and the world-renowned EMI Classics label. Originally founded in Germany in 1896, with its British arm established in 1923, the Parlophone catalog includes such groundbreaking artists as Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Radiohead, Jethro Tull, Kate Bush, and many more. Warner Music Group collects and distributes royalties for Parlophone Label Group artists and rightsholders on a biannual basis. 

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