Lindsey Buckingham has sold the entirety of his of publishing rights, including both his publishing and writer’s share, across 161 songs to music conglomerate Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, according to Music Business Worldwide. The company had previously snagged 25 percent of the former-Fleetwood Mac leader’s song catalogue through its buyout from the Kobalt company. In the new deal, Hipgnosis also will own a 50 percent share of any unreleased Buckingham compositions. Among the classic tunes included in the deal are “Go Your Own Way,” “Monday Morning,” “I’m So Afraid,” “Never Going Back Again,” “Second Hand News,” “Tusk,” “I Know I’m Not Wrong,” “Walk A Thin Line,” “Big Love,” “Trouble,” “Holiday Road,” and “Go Insane,” along with his portions of “World Turning” and “The Chain,” among many, many more. In 2020, Stevie Nicks sold 80 percent of her publishing to Hipgnosis’ rival Primary Wave for an estimated $80 million. There’s been no dollar amount announced for Buckingham’s new deal.

Lindsey Buckingham said in the statement announcing the deal, “Prior to arriving at an agreement with Hipgnosis, I had wonderful long conversations with Merck Mercuriadis. I was pleased to find a kindred spirit, someone who’s a big fan of my work in Fleetwood Mac, and an even bigger fan of my solo efforts. I look forward to working with Merck and the whole Hipgnosis team going into the future, and am confident that my body of work will be curated with great heart and insight.”

Merck Mercuriadis, founder of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said added “Lindsey Buckingham is one of the greatest guitarists, songwriters and producers of all time yet is still so underrated. His work with Fleetwood Mac has brought the world unparalleled joy over the last 45 years and he belongs in any discussion featuring Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney. It’s wonderful to welcome him and his iconic songs both as a solo artist and with Fleetwood Mac to the Hipgnosis family.”

FAST FACTS

  • Fleetwood Mac fired Lindsey Buckingham in 2018. Buckingham went on to quickly settle a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Live Nation for being forced off the band’s tour, which would reportedly earn each member of the group an estimated $12 million to $14 million for 60 concerts.
  • Buckingham, who hit the road on his own, was sidelined by open heart surgery, claimed that he was frozen out of the band for allegedly mocking Stevie Nicks during the band’s MusiCares honors. Nicks said the action was, “(the) straw that broke the camel’s back.”

SIDE NOTES

  • Out now is Lindsey Buckingham’s triple-disc solo career retrospective Solo Anthology – The Best Of Lindsey Buckingham.
  • Among the Buckingham favorites on the set are “Trouble,” “Go Insane,” “Holiday Road,” and “Countdown,” along with key tracks from all his studio albums — Law And Order, Go Insane, Out Of The Cradle, Under The Skin, Gifts Of Screws, and Seeds We Sow.
  • A third disc features 2011 live renditions of such Fleetwood Mac classics as “Never Going Back Again,” “Big Love,” “Tusk,” “I’m So Afraid,” and “Go Your Own Way.” Also included are two previously unreleased songs — “Hunger” and “Ride This Road.”

CHECK IT OUT: Fleetwood Mac on December 5th, 1977 performing “Monday Morning” live in Tokyo:

CHECK IT OUT: Lindsey Buckingham’s video for 1981’s “Trouble”: