Burna Boy debatably has one of the songs of the summer on his hands with “Last Last,” a single off of his highly anticipated album “Love, Damini.”
What’s more, the Afrobeats star recently revealed just how much the hit’s standout sample is costing him.
From Unreleased To Skyrocketing Streams
Ahead of its official release, Burna Boy performed “Last Last” for the first time ever during his concert at Madison Square Garden, where he made history as the first Nigerian musician to headline the venue, per a previous Blavity News report. The track is produced by Chopstix and it samples Toni Braxton’s classic 2000 record “He Wasn’t Man Enough.”
Toni Braxton's Cut From "Last Last"
In an interview with the Million Dollaz Worth Of Game podcast, the African Giant shared the backstory on using the sample and gave a breakdown of how much of the song’s earnings are going to the R&B legend.
“It was actually my idea, to be honest,” he said openly on the podcast. “I always wanted to use that sample and I knew Chopstix could do something crazy with it. I just pointed that sh-t out and he took it from there. That’s one of the most special creative processes ever, but she is taking 60 percent of the sh-t.”
In light of the big cut Braxton receives, Burna Boy appears to not be sweating it.
“I’m not complaining, man. Hopefully, she even pops out to one of the shows,” he told the hosts.
In Other Music News, There's Been A Raise In Streaming Royalties
To take it a bit further, if you’re wondering what is factored into the percentage given out for streaming royalties, a recent confirmation from the Copyright Royalty Board details how the matter will be moving forward.
According to Variety, the Board confirmed the headline rate increase in royalties paid by streaming services to publishers for the 2018-2022 period from 11.4 percent to 15.1 percent. Additionally, “the decision comes ahead of a similar decision for the 2023-27 period, for which the NMPA has argued for a 20% headline rate.” Streaming royalties are approximately split 75/25 between recorded music (i.e. labels) and publishers.
“Today’s decision reflects a significant increase in the royalties that will be paid to publishers,” president and CEO of the Digital Media Association Garrett Levin said, according to the outlet. “The work to give effect to these new rates will soon begin in earnest. The streaming services are committed to working with the [Mechanical Licensing Collective] and music publishing companies to facilitate the accurate distribution of royalties.”
He added: “Looking ahead, streaming services believe it’s time for all stakeholders—labels, publishers, writers, artists and the services—to engage in comprehensive discussions to figure out the right royalty-sharing balance going forward.”