Up & Coming Hip-Hop Artists

Royalties from YouTube & Spotify drive the earnings for this catalog of music by up and coming hip-hop artists.


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Top Bid: Martin R

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: $4,000
Bidding Increment: $150
Closing Price: $17,050
End Date: Jul 06, 2017, 2:00 PM MDT
Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years
Last 12 Months' Royalties: $1,901
Royalty Type: Public Performance
First Payment: September 2017
Fees: $500 BMI Payee Account Fee*

*BMI charges a one-time fee of $500 to open a new payee account, which will be debited from the payee's first royalty distribution. Once opened, multiple royalty streams can be routed to the buyer's payee account. If you already have a BMI payee account, there is no fee.


Earn public performance royalties from the songwriter's share of hip-hop music performed by up and coming artists. Driven by streaming royalties, particularly YouTube & Spotify, this catalog earned $1,901 in the last 12 months.

“Television Love,” by Lil Niqo, brings in nearly 80% of the earnings for this catalog. When he was 10 years old, Lil Niqo made history by becoming the youngest rapper ever to be signed to Island Def Jams Records. In 2012, he released the song “Television Love” and debuted the music video on BET's music video countdown show 106 & Park. Initial royalties for this song came from the video airing on BET, but in recent years the main source of income has become YouTube. The song's YouTube royalties make up 60% of the catalog's overall earnings, as the video for"Television Love" boasts over 12 million views.

A more recent source of revenue for this catalog is the song “Ready,” performed by rising artist Chaz French. His debut mixtape Happy Belated came out in 2014 and Chaz French has been gaining attention ever since. Released in 2015, “Ready” is a collaboration with rapper GoldLink and is his most popular song on Spotify with over 9.3 million plays. In March of this year, Chaz French landed a major record deal with legendary Motown Records and he's set to release his new album True Colors in July.

Key Drivers

1) Streaming is the largest revenue source for this catalog, at 64% of the overall income. And in 2016, streaming of these songs produced 769% more royalties than in 2015. You will benefit from the digital presence of Lil Niqo and Chaz French, by collecting royalties every time a fan watches the YouTube video for “Television Love” or plays “Ready” on Spotify.

2) Lil Niqo and Chaz French are both actively releasing new music. Lil Niqo released his new single “The City” in 2017. Chaz French released “Pops,” the first single from the upcoming album, this month and the song is already getting recognition. On June 16, TIME included it in the “5 Songs You Need to Listen To This Week.” New releases can help boost an artist's back catalog because it draws discovery from new fans who are listening to the artist for the first time.

What is being sold?

100% of the seller's interest in the songwriter's share of public performance royalties attributable to the seller's catalog of songs administered by BMI. See the “Financials” tab for a full track list.

How does this asset make money?

Every time “Television Love,” or any song in this catalog, is played on Youtube, BET, Spotify, or any other type of public performance, you earn royalties. BMI makes payments quarterly and the first distribution you will receive is September 2017.

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

About the Royalty Distributor

BMI represents more than 10.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 700,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. BMI supports businesses and organizations that play music publicly by offering blanket music licenses that permit them to play more than 10.5 million musical works.

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