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Harbourview Acquires Christine McVie’s Fleetwood Mac Recorded Royalties

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HarbourView Equity Partners has announced two new acquisitions: a share of Fleetwood Mac‘s recorded royalties owned by Christine McVie‘s estate and a share of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo’s publishing and recorded music assets.

Financial terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

McVie, who died in November 2022 at age 79, was the keyboardist and one of the vocalists in Fleetwood Mac as well as one of its primary songwriters. She performed on all of the band’s albums beginning with 1971’s Future Games, including the seven-times platinum Fleetwood Mac in 1975 and the 21-times platinum Rumours in 1977. She’s best known for Fleetwood Mac songs including “Don’t Stop,” “Over My Head,” “Say You Love Me,” “Little Lies,” “Everywhere,” “You Make Loving Fun” and “Songbird.”

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“Christine’s remarkable talents played an integral role in shaping Fleetwood Mac’s sound,” said Harbourview founder Sheresse Clarke Soares in a statement. “The band’s timeless music and worldwide influence continues to captivate all generations of listeners today. We are honored to uphold that legacy as we welcome Christine’s lifetime of work with the band into HarbourView. Christine is a decorated and iconic legend in the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll. She is a global treasure. We hold her works with pride.”

Together, Benatar and her lead guitarist and producer Giraldo, whom she married in 1982, crafted all of Benatar’s albums, including two that went multi-platinum (Crimes of Passion and Precious Time), and five that went platinum (In the Heat of the Night, Get Nervous, Tropico, Live from Earth and greatest-hits compilation Best Shots). Their biggest hits include “We Belong,” “Invincible,” “Love is a Battlefield,” “Promises In The Dark,” “We Live For Love,” “Heartbreaker” and “Hell Is For Children.” According to a press release, they’ve sold more than 30 million records worldwide.

Clarke Soares added of the Benatar and Giraldo acquisition, “We are overjoyed to welcome into our repertoire the iconic catalog of Pat and Neil. The works are cross generational, inspirational and a perfect complement to our portfolio. The music spans generations and has seen us through moments of hope and healing. We are grateful to be stewards of this canon of work and look forward to partnering with Pat and Neil.”

McVie’s estate was represented in the transaction by her attorney Mario Gonzalez and her estate executors Paul Glass and Martin Wyatt. Benatar and Giraldo were represented by Gary Gilbert at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Harbourview was represented by Fox Rothschild in the McVie acquisition and by Derek Crownover at Loeb & Loeb in the Benatar and Giraldo acquisition.

Harbourview’s portfolio includes more than 24,000 songs across master recordings and publishing income streams. Other recent acquisitions include select publishing assets for “Hot Girl Bummer” star Blackbear, select recorded music and publishing assets for Wiz Khalifa, the artist royalty income stream for Nelly, the publishing catalog of Incubus and the catalog of SoundHouse Acquisitions, which holds some rights to master recordings for artists including Tech N9ne, Trey Songz and George Jones.

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