The late Christine McVie’s estate has sold her stake in Fleetwood Mac’s hits.
The singer-songwriter passed away, aged 79, in November last year in hospital, after suffering a stroke as she battled against cancer which had spread through her body.
Almost a year after her passing, Christine’s – and her bandmates’ shares in her songs have been sold after her estate stuck a deal with HarbourView Equity Partners.
The acquisition includes hits Songbird and Say You Love Me, as well as Fleetwood classics Go Your Own Way, The Chain and Dreams.
The total sum of the acquired shares has not been disclosed, but it had previously been reported that Christine had left behind a staggering £70 million fortune – including her estate in the UK, worth £57 million.
Stake sold: Almost a year after her passing, Christine McVie’s shares in her songs have been sold after her estate stuck a deal with HarbourView Equity Partners (Pictured in 2019)
Golden hits: The acquisition include hits Songbird and Say You Love Me, as well as Fleetwood classics Go Your Own Way, The Chain and Dreams (Pictured: from left to right: Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie and Jon McVie, in 1975)
At the time, probate documents showed her former manager Martin Wyatt and American-based businessman Paul Glass were listed as executors of the estate.
However, newly appointed CEO Sherrese Clarke Soares spoke to Rolling Stone yesterday, saying: ‘She’s iconic.’
She added: ‘Christine wrote those beautiful, melodic pop songs, and it was Christine who really kept them together as Fleetwood Mac’s guiding star.’
The CEO continued: ‘Being able to participate in the legacy of Fleetwood Mac but also to align with a female rock icon as a female-owned and run firm doesn’t happen every day, it’s special.
‘Christine’s no longer with us, but she was obviously such a major and important force in the world of rock and roll.’
In 2021, Mick Fleetwood similarly sold his shares in the group’s songs to BMG, while ousted guitarist Lindsey Buckingham sold his publishing catalog to Hipgnosis.
Stevie Nicks also sold a majority stake in her publishing catalogue to Primary Wave in 2020.
Earlier, in October, Stevie Nicks revealed that the death of her beloved bandmate put the final nail in the coffin of their legendary rock band following five decades.
Tragic: The singer-songwriter passed away, aged 79, in November last year in hospital, after suffering a stroke as she battled cancer which had spread through her body
The classic line-up – including John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Mick Fleetwood – performed for the final time together during their MusiCares tribute at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan in 2018.
Shortly after, Buckingham was fired and replaced with singer-guitarist Mike Campbell and musician Neil Finn, who joined Fleetwood Mac for their 88-date An Evening With Fleetwood Mac tour in 2018-2019.
Stevie, 75, said at the time there was ‘no reason’ to continue the band without their beloved keyboard player and vocalist, because they ‘can’t go any further.’
Speaking to Vulture, she said: ‘When Christine died, I felt like you can’t replace her. You just can’t.
‘Without her, what is it? You know what I mean? She was like my soul mate, my musical soul mate, and my best friend that I spent more time with than any of my other best friends outside of Fleetwood Mac. Christine was my best friend.’
Huge loss: Frontwoman Stevie Nicks (Pictured: right in 2018) admitted that there is ‘no reason’ to continue the band without Christine (left), who she described as her ‘soulmate’
Stevie continued: ‘When I think about Taylor Swift’s song You’re on Your Own, Kid and the line “you always have been,” it was like, that was Christine and I. We were on our own in that band. We always were. We protected each other.
‘Who am I going to look over to on the right and have them not be there behind that Hammond organ? When she died, I figured we really can’t go any further with this. There’s no reason to.’
Christine was also the band’s main songwriter and Stevie claims the rest of the band couldn’t pen a pop hit like her.
She added: ‘Christine was the pop star. She wrote all those really super pop hits.
‘None of the rest of us could write those songs. What would happen is we’d have to take the songs out, like we did when she actually retired for 18 years. We couldn’t re-create those songs. So we became a much more hard-rock band.’
Mick Fleetwood echoed Stevie’s sentiment in an interview earlier this year, telling the Los Angeles Times: ‘I’d say we’re done, but then we’ve all said that before. It’s sort of unthinkable right now.’