US album sales rise by 33 per cent following high-profile interviews
Sales of Fleetwood Mac’s music have surged thanks to Christine McVie’s announcement she was rejoining the band.
Nielsen SoundScan, who monitor album sales in the US, have reported a 33 per cent rise in sales of Fleetwood Mac album following the band’s appearance on NBC’s Today show on March 27 and a number of high-profile press interviews. The group’s catalogue of albums sold 10,000 copies during the last week of March, up from the 8,000 in the previous week.
As Billboard reports, their 1988 ‘Greatest Hits’ received the biggest boost and re-entered the Billboard 200 at No. 200, while digital sales of the band’s songs grew by 52 per cent, rising from 20,000 to 30,000 in the same period. Their best-seller for the week was ‘Landslide’.
It was reported McVie would rejoin Fleetwood Mac, the band she initially left in 1998, in January. McVie joined the band in 1970 after marrying the group’s bassist, John McVie. She continued on with the group for the next 28 years as a principle songwriter, vocalist and keyboard player.
During that time she wrote some of the band’s biggest hits, including ‘Say You Love Me’, ‘Don’t Stop’, ‘You Make Loving Fun’, ‘Little Lies’ and ‘Everywhere’. The current incarnation of the group, which features Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks, are touring in September this year. It will be the first time the five have toured together since 1998.
It is also hoped, with bass player John McVie now fully recovered after undergoing treatment for cancer, that the reunited line-up will write and record a new album, the first featuring the all aforementioned five members since 1987’s ‘Tango In The Night’.