Fleetwood Mac Drummer Mick Fleetwood Sells Recorded Music Rights
Written by Basinradio on January 14, 2021
Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is selling the recorded music rights from his full music catalog to BMG. While a dollar amount for the sale is currently unknown, the company told Rolling Stone that the massive acquisition — which spans 300 songs — is its largest in two years.
Fleetwood, who cofounded the long-running band in 1967 with bassist John McVie and late guitarist Peter Green, is now the third Fleetwood Mac member to sell his catalog rights in recent weeks, following vocalist Stevie Nicks and former singer and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.
But as Rolling Stone notes, Fleetwood’s sale differs by focusing on recorded music rights instead of publishing rights. While publishing relates to songwriting and composition, recorded rights concern recorded performance, which is more closely connected to streaming, downloading and album sales. (This is reportedly prompting BMG to expand further into recorded rights acquisition, given that streaming continues to grow worldwide amid the COVID-19 pandemic.)
Fleetwood, in a statement, praised the deal as a “wonderfully inspiring marriage between two creative partners” experienced in all parts of the industry.
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