Frequently Asked Questions

How do I purchase exclusive rights?

We no longer offer exclusive rights for purchase. However, you can still get them to any beat under the following conditions:

Licensee qualifies for exclusive rights ownership to instrumental at no extra upfront charge if Licensee (a) gets 100,000 streams or more, collectively, through any major music streaming service including but not limited to Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, or (b) sells 25,000 units or more of Song through a major music distributor/retailer, whichever comes first. An entity qualifies as a major music distributor or streaming service if the entity publicly sells music (singles, albums, EPs, etc.) and grosses at least one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) annually. For the avoidance of doubt, YouTube views and Soundcloud plays do not count as streams or sales.

Licensee must notify Licensor within thirty (30) days of receiving said amount of streams/sales in order to receive further documentation granting him exclusive rights. Failure to notify Licensor will result in retroactive payment to Licensor for all revenue dating back to the date 100,000 streams (or 25,000 sales), which qualifies Licensee for exclusive ownership, was achieved.

Do you use samples?

No. All tracks are sample-free. We do not condone illegally licensing “uncleared” sampled music. However, we are capable of making a beat ‘sound’ like it was sampled, upon request.

What are trackouts?

“Trackouts” or tracked out audio files, aka “stems” are the separate audio files the make up a particular instrumental. For instance, the kick, snare, synth, piano, and so on are all separate audio files that comprise the instrumental. These are useful for high-end mixing projects where the engineer may need to customize the mix of the instrumental around your vocals. We highly suggest the Gold License for a top-notch mix.

How do I credit the producer?

For YouTube/Facebook/WorldstarHipHop/Other Video Outlets: “Produced by Fivestar Beats – https://www.fivestarbeats.net”

For all physical media: Anything to the likes of “Produced by Fivestar Beats”, or “Instrumental by Fivestar Beats” will suffice.

Can I make money off of the songs I make with Fivestar Beats/sell them on iTunes?

Yes, you can. Please review your earnings limit depending on which license you purchased.

Do I have to pay the producer a percentage of the royalties I accure?

All non-exclusive licenses are 100% royalty-free, and last only two years.

With “Exclusive” & “Custom Beat” licenses, artists must pay 3% of net profits (from Master use) to the producer. As well, publishing will be split 25/75 (Us/You). Exclusive & Custom Beat licenses last for a lifetime, and prevent anyone else from ever licensing the same beat.

How long does it take for me to receive my purchase?

All non-exclusive purchases are sent instantly upon payment. Please allow up to 24 hrs for receipt of exclusive purchases.

Will the beat be removed from the website once I purchase it?

If you do not earn the exclusive license, no, the beat will not be removed from the site.

How does the copyright situation work?

Fivestar Beats will retain all copyright ownership of the instrumentals. However, if you earn exclusive rights to beat or purchase a custom beat, you will retain copyright ownership of the Sound Recording (Masters).

For non-exclusive purchases, you should file a “joint copyright” for the “song” that you make to the instrumental, listing you as a contributor to lyrics & composition (melody/flow). However, you must contact us before doing so as you will need to add the producer’s information for contribution as a composer as well. Please note that ‘non-exclusive’ licenses last two years. After-which, the copyright will be contractually void.

In a non-exclusive license case, even though the producer is on the copyright (which he must be since he created the music), the producer will NOT take/request any back-end royalties, with the exception of YouTube monetization (as noted in all non-exclusive agreements).

If you’re serious about your career, we highly suggest getting a custom beat made in order to remove ALL limitations.

A beat I was listening to is now removed from the site. What happened to it?

If a beat is removed, its exclusive rights were earned, and it cannot be resold.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept all major debit/credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover). All transactions are made via Paypal. You do not have to have a Paypal account to make your transactions.