Christine McVie: Fleetwood Mac star’s estate sells her music rights | Ents & Arts News


The estate of late Fleetwood Mac star Christine McVie has sold the rights to her music.

The singer-songwriter’s shares in the band’s biggest hits, including Go Your Own Way, Landslide, The Chain and Dreams, have been bought by asset management firm HarbourView Equity Partners for an undisclosed sum.

McVie died aged 79 of an ischemic stroke in November 2022.

It is the latest inside a number of high-profile stars cashing in on the lucrative rights to their back catalogs.

Bruce Springsteen sold the rights to his extensive back catalog to Sony Music Group in December 2021 in a deal reportedly worth $500 million. (£435m) – one of the biggest sales to date.

McVie’s bandmate Mick Fleetwood sold its interests in the group’s recordings in January 2021 to Germany-based BMG, one of the largest global music publishers.

The agreement included royalty interests in more than 300 songs and covered his interests in all of the band’s recorded works except for their first two albums.

Justin Bieber, Bob Dylan and the estates of David Bowie and Whitney Houston have sold all or parts of their song catalogs in recent years.

British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac was founded in London in 1967 and went on to become one of the most successful groups of all time.

(L-R) Members of Fleetwood Mac: Mike Campbell, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood.  Picture: AP
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(L-R) Members of Fleetwood Mac: Mike Campbell, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood. Picture: AP

McVie was a later addition to the line-up and appeared with her husband John McVie, Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.

McVie left Fleetwood Mac in 1998 after nearly three decades, but rejoined in 2014.

She was among the eight members of the band inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

In 1970, McVie released her first solo album, Christine Perfect – after her maiden name – and followed it up 14 years later with the self-titled Christine McVie, and In The Meantime in 2004.

Last June, she released another album titled Songbird, a collection of songs taken from two of her previous solo albums.

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‘We hold her works with pride’

HarbourView CEO Sherrese Clarke Soares said: “Christine’s remarkable talents played an integral role in shaping Fleetwood Mac’s sound.

“The band’s timeless music and worldwide influence continue to captivate all generations of listeners today.

“We are honored to uphold this legacy as we welcome Christine’s lifelong work with the band to HarbourView.

“Christine is a decorated and iconic legend in rock’n’roll history. She is a global treasure. We hold her works with pride.”


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