Half of the 16 songs on Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits are written by Christine McVie. They include “Over My Head,” “Don’t Stop,” “You Make Loving Fun,” “Say That You Love Me” and “Little Lies.”
McVie also wrote the hits “Hold Me” and “Heroes are Hard to Find.”
Now she’s sold her publishing rights to Merck Mercuriadis and his Hipgnosis Songs Fund. McVie has sold 100% of the rights, all out and all in.
No sum was disclosed, but given what Mercuriadis and others have been paying lately, my guess is she got upwards of $100 million.
Hipgnosis now owns most of the hit Fleetwood Mac catalog including Lindsey Buckingham’s songs like “Go Your Own Way.” Last year, Stevie Nicks sold 80% of her rights to her own songwriting catalog, including hits like “Rhiannon,” “Landslide” and “Edge of Seventeen,” to music publisher Primary Wave for a reported $100 million.
PS I noticed in the news that Lindsey says Mick Fleetwood wants him to return to the Mac. LB says it all depends on Stevie giving the ok. But if they’re going to have one last world tour, it would all make sense. The days left to cash in or cash out are dwindling.