Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood celebrate the life of the late Christine McVie

Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood reunite to remember their late bandmate Christine McVie in Malibu... two months after her passing.

Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood braved the rain to celebrate the life of their late Fleetwood Mac bandmember Christine McVie on Monday night.

As the trio reunited two months after English musician's death at 79 following a brief illness, the group looked somber while leaving Little Beach House Malibu.

For the occasion, Nicks, 74, wore a black jacket, matching pants, a light grey scarf and her voluminous blonde hair curly and free. 

While exiting the posh oceanfront venue, the two-time Grammy winner clutched one red and one white rose. 

Fleetwood, 75, wore a fedora, black jacket, a white button-down with a popped collar and dark-wash pants to the memorial.

McVie is best known for writing and singing some of their band's biggest hits, including Don't Stop, Little Lies, Say You Love Me, You Make Loving Fun and Songbird. 

Her genius and warm, soulful vocals helped to turn the one-time blues band into one of the most successful rock groups of all time, with more than 100million record sold worldwide. 

Fleetwood Mac's Rumours 5th Best Selling Vinyl Album of 2022

According to Billboard Magazine, Fleetwood Mac's album Rumours was one of the best-selling albums in the US in 2022. The album sold a total of 310,000 copies, of which 243,000 were vinyl albums. This makes Fleetwood Mac one of the best-selling artists of the year. That's amazing!! Notably, Michael Jackson appears on both lists. Rumours was the best selling album in the US up until Michael Jackson released Thriller in 1982. 

Top 10 best-selling albums of 2022 in the U.S. (physical & digital combined), according to Luminate's 2022 year-end report:

1. Taylor Swift - Midnights (1.818 million)
2. Harry Styles - Harry’s House (757,000)
3. BTS - Proof (422,000)
4. Olivia Rodrigo - Sour (354,000)
5. Beyonce - Renaissance (335,000)
6. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (310,000)
7. Adele - 30 (296,000)
8. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city (278,000)
9. Michael Jackson - Thriller (236,000)
10.Tomorrow X Together - Minisode 2: Thursday’s Child (229,000)

Top 10 best-selling vinyl albums of 2022 in the U.S. according to 
Luminate's 2022 year-end report:

1. Taylor Swift - Midnights (945,000)
2. Harry Styles - Harry’s House (480,000)
3. Olivia Rodrigo - Sour (263,000)
4. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city (254,000)
5. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (243,000)
6. Tyler The Creator - Call Me If You Get Lost (211,000)
7. Taylor Swift - Folklore (174,000)
8. Tyler The Creator - Igor (172,000)
9. Michael Jackson - Thriller (168,000)
10.The Beatles - Abbey Road (160,000)

Friday, January 06, 2023

Fleetwood Mac Albums Chart Update First Week of 2023

(Previous week on the charts in brackets)
Fleetwood Mac this week on the Album Charts around the world

Billboard Top 200 Albums January 7, 2023
#32  - Rumours (27)
#174 - Greatest Hits (138)

Top 100 Album Sales (pure sales)
#5  - Rumours (7)
#66 - Greatest Hits (56)

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours climbs 7-5 with 12,000 (down 39%).  In the US in the month of December, Rumours has shifted approx. 55,000 copies. That's amazing!

Dec 31st - No. 7 with 20,000 sold
Dec 14th - No. 7 with 13,000 sold
Dec 17th - No. 8 with 12,000 sold
Dec 10th - No.10 with 10,000 sold

Top 25 Vinyl Albums
#6 - Rumours (6)

Top 100 Albums January 7, 2023
#54 - Rumours (Re-entry)

Top 50 Digital Song Sales
#13 - Everywhere (Re-entry)
#23 - Dreams (Re-entry)
#39 - Little Lies (New)

Top 100 Albums January 6, 2023
After climbing to No.8 last week – its highest chart position for 90 weeks – Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours departs the Top 10 for the ninth time in its near 46-year chart career, dipping to No.12 (3,869 sales).
#11 - 50 Years - Don't Stop (15)
#12 - Rumours (8) 3,869 sales

Top 100 Singles Chart
#85 - Everywhere (Re-entry)

Top 40 Vinyl Albums
#2  - Rumours (2)
#14 - Greatest Hits (9)

Top 100 Albums January 6, 2023
#2  - Rumours (3)
#20 - Greatest Hits (21)

Top 50 Albums January 6, 2023
#12 - 50 Years - Don't Stop (20)
#15 - Rumours (11)

Top 100 Albums January 6, 2023
#64 - Rumours (Re-entry)

Top 100 Albums January 7, 2023
#8 - Rumours (21)

Top 33 Vinyl Albums
#1 - Rumours (1)

Top 50 Albums January 9, 2023
#11 - Rumours (12)

Top 50 Singles Chart
#34 - Dreams (78)

Top 40 Albums January 9, 2023
#4 - Rumours (6)

Top 40 Singles chart
#34 - Dreams (39)

Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks Live in Minneapolis November 10, 2023


Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks One Night Only in Minneapolis, MN November 10, 2023.

Tickets go on sale Friday January 13 at 10am local time.

Pre-sale dates:
Citi pre-sale: Mon, 1/9
Venue pre-sale: Tue, 1/10
Live Nation pre-sale: Thur, 1/12

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Fleetwood Mac Album Charts Update for Christmas Week 2022

(Previous week on the charts in brackets)

BILLBOARD TOP 200 - DEC 31, 2022
#27  - Rumours (27)
#138 - Greatest Hits (154)

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours is a non-mover at No. 7 with nearly 20,000 (up 55%).
#7  - Rumours (7)
#56 - Greatest Hits (57)

#6  - Rumours (5)

#3  - Rumours (3)
#26 - Greatest Hits (14)

#3  - Rumours (3)
#21 - Greatest Hits (20)

#48 - Greatest Hits (Re-entry)

TOP 100 ALBUMS - DEC 30, 2022
#8  - Rumours (13)
#15 - 50 Years - Don't Stop (25)

#2 - Rumours (3)
#9 - Greatest Hits (13)

TOP 50 ALBUMS - DEC 30, 2022
#11 - Rumours (8)
#20 - 50 Years - Don't Stop (23)

TOP 100 ALBUMS - DEC 30, 2022
#3  - Rumours (10)
#21 - Greatest Hits (23)

Top 100 Albums December 31, 2022
#11 - Rumours (11)
#86 - Greatest Hits (53)

TOP 50 ALBUMS - Jan 2, 2023
#12 - Rumours (13)

TOP 40 ALBUMS - JAN 2, 2023
#6 -  Rumours (7)

Friday, December 23, 2022

Fleetwood Mac's Three Top Selling Albums This Week

(Previous week on the charts in brackets)

BILLBOARD TOP 200 - DEC 24, 2022
#27   - Rumours (23)
#154 - Greatest Hits (97)

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours climbs 8-7 with nearly 13,000 units sold (up 8% vs last week)
#7   - Rumours (8)
#57 - Greatest Hits (50)

#5 - Rumours (5)

#3   - Rumours (3)
#26 - Greatest Hits (14)

#3   - Rumours (3)
#20 - Greatest Hits (9)

#15 - Everywhere (4)

TOP 100 ALBUMS CHART - DEC 24, 2022
#41 - Rumours (5)

TOP 100 ALBUMS CHART - DEC 23, 2022
#13 - Rumours (15)
#25 - 50 Years - Don't Stop (27)
#99 - Greatest Hits (re-entry)

#3   - Rumours (5)
#13 - Greatest Hits (19)

TOP 40 ALBUMS - DEC 23, 2022
#8   - Rumours (15)
#23 - 50 Years - Don't Stop (20)
#49 - Greatest Hits (Re-entry)

TOP 100 ALBUMS - DEC 23, 2022
#10 - Rumours (12)
#23 - Greatest Hits (35)

TOP 50 ALBUMS - DEC 26, 2022
#13 - Rumours (14)

TOP 40 ALBUMS - DEC 26, 2022
#7 - Rumours (7)

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours rises 10-8 on the Top 100 Album Sales chart

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours rises 10-8 on the Top 100 Album Sales chart with 12,000 units sold (up 17% vs the previous week). 

Fleetwood Mac's Rumours continues to make its mark around the world as the gold standard when it comes to Fleetwood Mac.  (Previous week in brackets)

USA - BILLBOARD TOP 200 - Dec 17, 2022
23  RUMOURS (20)

TOP 100 ALBUM SALES (pure album sales) - Dec 17, 2022
Last week Rumours was No.10 and sold 10,000 units, this week it's up 2 spots to No.8 with 12,000 units sold in the US.
8  RUMOURS (10)

Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. The chart’s history dates back to May 25, 1991, the first week Billboard began tabulating charts with electronically monitored piece count information from SoundScan, now Luminate. Pure album sales were the sole measurement utilized by the Billboard 200 albums chart through the list dated Dec. 6, 2014, after which that chart switched to a methodology that blends album sales with track equivalent album units and streaming equivalent album units. 

29 Everywhere (14)

4 Everywhere (4)
10 Songbird (9)
16 Dreams (14)
22 Landslide (20)
23 Little Lies (17)
24 You Make Loving Fun (16)

TOP 100 CURRENT ALBUM SALES - Dec 17, 2022
(The Top Current Album Sales Chart are albums available less than a year)
81 SONGBIRD: A SOLO COLLECTION - Christine McVie (Re-entry)

TOP 25 VINYL ALBUMS - Dec 17, 2022
5 RUMOURS (12)

CANADA TOP 100 ALBUMS - Dec 17, 2022
25 RUMOURS (20)
85 GREATEST HITS (Re-entry)

13 Everywhere (12)

AUSTRALIA TOP 50 ALBUMS - Dec 19, 2022
14 RUMOURS (11)

NEW ZEALAND TOP 40 ALBUMS - Dec 19, 2022

UK TOP 100 ALBUMS - Dec 16, 2022
15 RUMOURS (11)
27 50 YEARS - DON'T STOP (15)

TOP 40 VINYL ALBUMS - Dec 16, 2022

IRELAND TOP 50 ALBUMS - Dec 16, 2022
15 RUMOURS (12)
20 50 YEARS - DON'T STOP (13)

SCOTLAND TOP 100 ALBUMS - Dec 16, 2022
12 RUMOURS (11)

Sunday, December 18, 2022


Official 2022 Stevie merch is 
available online now!

Take 20% off the entire site now through 1/2/23. Click the link to shop and use code: goodbye22. 


Sunday, December 11, 2022

Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" back the Top 20 Around The World

As Fleetwood Mac fans continue to celebrate the life of Christine McVie following her death last month, two of the band’s albums appear in this week’s UK Top 20, Rumours at 11 and compilation 50 Years – Don’t Stop at 15.

In the first full week since the death of revered band member Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac’s iconic album Rumours surges 24-11, while their hits set 50 Years: Don’t Stop jumps 23-15, with sales of 7,301 and 6,135 respectively being up 103.71% and 67.33% week-on-week. Rumours is at its highest position for 87 weeks.

Top 100 Albums Chart
20 Rumours
15 50 Years - Don't Stop

In other parts of the world, Rumours 

Rumours is back in the US Billboard Top 20 this week at 20 up from 32 last week. Rumours rounds out the top 10 of Top Album Sales, vaulting 21-10 with 10,000 sold (up 31%) following the death of the band’s Christine McVie on Nov. 30. Greatest Hits also re-enters the Top 200 at 98.

Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart
20 Rumours
98 Greatest Hits

Top 100 Album Sales (Pure Albums Sales)
10 Rumours 

On the Digital Song Sales Chart Everywhere, which has been selling lately because of the GM EV Commercial moves up to 14 this week from 38. New on the chart is Songbird at 26.

On the Rock Digital Song Sales Chart in the US, below are the songs entering, moving up, or re-entering the Rock Digital Song Sales Chart.

4 Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
9 NEW Songbird - Fleetwood Mac
14 Re-Entry  Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
16 NEW You Make Loving Fun - Fleetwood Mac
17 NEW Little Lies - Fleetwood Mac
19 Re-Entry Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac 
20 Re-Entry Landslide - Fleetwood Mac 
21 NEW Over My Head - Fleetwood Mac 
23 NEW Don't Stop - Fleetwood Mac
25 NEW Say You Love Me - Fleetwood Mac

Rumours moves up the Top 100 Albums Chart to 20 from 51 last week.

Top 100 Albums
20 Rumours

Digital Song Sales in Canada show that Everywhere was the top seller for the week. 

12 Re-Entry Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac 
48 Re-Entry Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
50 NEW Songbird - Fleetwood Mac

Rumours moves up to 12 this week from 15 and 50 Years - Don't Stop moves up to 13 from 22

Top 100 Albums
12 Rumours
13 50 Years - Don't Stop

Rumours is at 11 from 20 last week and The Very Best Of moves up to 38 from 88 last week.

Top 40 Albums
11 Rumours
38 Greatest Hits

New Zealand
In New Zealand, Rumours is in the Top 5 at 4 this week from 14 last week while in Australia Rumours moves up to 11 from 27 last week. 

Top 40 Albums Chart
4 Rumours

Top 50 Albums Chart
11 Rumours

Rumours re-enters the chart at 86 and on albums download chart 3 albums make an appearance.

Top 100 Albums
86 Re-Entry Rumours

Top 100 Album Download Charts
34 Rumours
46 The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac
50 Greatest Hits

Top 100 Albums
65 Re-Entry Rumours

Top 100 Albums
12 Rumours 
93 Re-entry Greatest Hits 

Top 100 Albums
11 Rumours 
30 Greatest Hits 

Christine McVie believed in true love, but she also believed in Fleetwood Mac

Christine McVie brought romantic optimism to Fleetwood Mac

Annie Zaleski - NPR
December 5, 2022

The song "Everywhere," a frothy pop hit found on Fleetwood Mac's Tango in the Night that's been covered by Vampire Weekend and Paramore, might be Christine McVie's most optimistic moment. As spine-tingling synths and undulating rhythms swirl around like glittery fairy dust, McVie, who died Nov. 30 at the age of 79 after a short illness, raves about a partner, alternating between wanting to shout about her new love and being left speechless by their beauty. "I want to be with you everywhere," she coos atop a slick of glacial harmonies. It's that extra word that makes a difference. She doesn't just want to be with someone, in general — she wants to be with them everywhere. The first points to making a connection; the second implies deeper pride and commitment and being all-in with your heart.

As a keyboardist, sometimes lead vocalist, and frequent principal songwriter for Fleetwood Mac from 1971's Future Games onward, McVie consistently embraced this type of deep, romantic optimism, comparing love to sunshine (1972's "Spare Me a Little of Your Love"), documenting flashes of unabashed flirting (1982's "Hold Me") and extolling the virtues of true love (1995's "I Do").

Such precision was a hallmark of this West Midlands-raised musician, whose father taught violin and grandfather played the organ at Westminster Abbey. Long before "Everywhere," McVie had been fond of stretching out words and syllables to emphasize poignant themes — as heard on 1975's slinky "Warm Ways," which amplifies "dream," "morning" and "light" to illuminate the coziness of sleeping by a beloved. McVie's busy, bluesy keyboard style, informed by piano lessons but also Fats Domino, Otis Spann and Freddie King, paired well with a soulful alto.

McVie's talent coalesced perhaps most strikingly on the tender piano ballad "Songbird," a highlight of Rumours. Heartfelt and gentle, the song describes the solace of being with someone whose love just feels right. "Songbird" was a piece dusted with magic: Written during a middle-of-the-night session, it was more like she channeled it from another dimension, as she once described to The Guardian. "I sang it from beginning to end: everything. I can't tell you quite how I felt; it was as if I'd been visited – it was a very spiritual thing."

It's a notable reminder that Fleetwood Mac's catalog isn't all bitter and beautiful breakup songs, though romantic tension will always be central to the band's appeal (and something of an albatross, too). On one hand, the band's complicated entanglements and tenuous relations led to creative genius, as with Rumours. More than 35 years after its release, the album remains an astonishing sales juggernaut, in no small part because of its nuanced depictions of stormy relationships. The songs function like conversations in a crowded room; Lindsey Buckingham tells one-time partner, Stevie Nicks, she can "go your own way" and "call it another lonely day," while Nicks in turn volleys back, "Listen carefully to the sound of your loneliness."

On the other hand, Fleetwood Mac's narrative is still dominated by the push-and-pull between Buckingham and Nicks, even though the couple broke up in the mid-'70s. Despite the passage of time, their up-and-down relationship remains a subject of fascination, most recently when personal disagreements played out in the press after Buckingham was reportedly fired from the group in 2018.

Not that McVie was immune to the intra-band romantic tumult: Then named Christine Perfect, she married bassist John McVie in 1968 and joined Fleetwood Mac a few years later. The couple divorced in 1976, and their post-breakup years dovetailed with the band's rise to superstardom, which McVie acknowledged could be difficult. "Both Stevie and I, we were married to Fleetwood Mac," she told Guitar World in 1997, as quoted in the 2016 book Fleetwood Mac on Fleetwood Mac: Interviews and Encounters. "That was what we did and it was a harsh marriage." McVie did remarry for real — to Eddy Quintela, her co-writer on multiple songs from 1987 onward — but that marriage also eventually ended.

Despite the real-life romantic disappointments, McVie's music wasn't diaristic. Speaking to The Guardian earlier this year, she was ambiguous about her inspirations: "Most of my songs are based on truth and real people, but a lot of them are just fantasies, really." That perhaps explains why McVie's songs maintain so much optimism despite lyrics that often express uncertainty.

Her narrators often aren't sure where they stand in a relationship or put up with challenging behaviors: indifference, moodiness, and emotional distance. On Tusk's brooding "Brown Eyes," the protagonist reveals her desire for someone right away, in the first verse. Only later do doubts creep in about their long-term chances: "And are you just another liar?"

The main characters of two other Tusk highlights — the languid, twangy album-opener "Over & Over" and the rocker "Think About Me" — ask for clarity point-blank. The latter's narrator justifies the ask by pointing out how much leeway she gives the other person: "I don't hold you down / And maybe that's why you're around."

But McVie's songs saw that admitting vulnerability could also be a strength. Even if a relationship wasn't perfect, better days might still be around the corner. Her protagonists might be insecure, but they didn't come across as meek — as in 1975's "Over My Head," in which things aren't necessarily going well with a moody partner: "Sometimes I can't help but feel / That I'm wasting all of my time" — and they weren't afraid to assert themselves. On the piano-driven "Prove Your Love," she explicitly says: "If you want to please me, baby / Then don't act like a child." There's pragmatism at the heart of her quest for silver linings.

In interviews, McVie frequently downplayed or understated her approach to songwriting. "I'm a pretty basic love-song writer," she told Guitar World. "Pretty basic relationship writer. I'd be the last one to say it for myself, but I've been told that I have a way of saying the obvious in a non-obvious way." McVie knew her strengths and stuck to them. "I stayed with songs that are simple and unpretentious," she told the Los Angeles Times while promoting her second solo album, a 1984 self-titled affair. "That's what I do best."

That consistency grounded Fleetwood Mac as the band's music evolved from snaky blues jams to polished pop-rock and into more experimental territory, before settling into an adult contemporary groove. McVie's melodies stood out like polished gems sifted out of an archaeological dig; early compositions like the pastoral folk of "Show Me a Smile" or the barnstorming boogie "Just Crazy Love" gave way to sleeker, polished fare on the Buckingham-less 1990 LP Behind the Mask and Nicks-free 1995 album Time. The former's title track, written by McVie, is especially haunting in the way it calls someone out for their two-facedness and says in no uncertain terms there are no second chances.

"We all just complement each other, because we're such different writers," McVie told me in 2017, in reference to Fleetwood Mac. "My contribution is the romance and the warmth. The love songs."

McVie only released three solo albums in her career (though earlier this year she released a compilation, Songbird, which featured two unreleased solo songs) and ended up taking a 16-year break from Fleetwood Mac, between 1998 and 2014. The time away rekindled McVie's enthusiasm for music. Decades after joining Fleetwood Mac, she never lost the romantic notion of being in a band. "Carnival Begin," recorded for her joint 2017 album with Lindsey Buckingham, details her feelings about jumping back into the chaos of touring and the Fleetwood Mac machine: "I want it all / All the sparkling things / A new merry go round."

McVie believed in true love, but she also believed in Fleetwood Mac. Talking to Rolling Stone in 1997, she shared one potential inspiration she thought of while conjuring "Songbird": "I think I just was thinking of all the band members – 'God, wouldn't it be nice just to be happy?' " That insight brings new meaning to one of the most touching lines on "Songbird": "I wish you all the love in the world / But most of all, I wish it from myself."

Monday, December 05, 2022

A life of music, laughter and ‘fantastic friends’



Christine Mcvie, who has died aged 79, was a singer and songwriter with Fleetwood Mac. She saw the band through their first incarnation as a British blues band and was part of the successful lineup during the subsequent years in the U.S., when her writing and singing formed the backbone to the highly personal album Rumours (1977), a musical autobiography cataloguing the emotional and drugfuelled lives of the band’s five members.

A classically trained pianist with a warm and smoky alto singing voice, she joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970, a year after her marriage to the band’s bass player, John Mcvie. At this stage based in Britain and still very much part of the British blues scene, Fleetwood Mac had just lost their founding member, Peter Green.

Mcvie was to become a key member (and initially the only female) of the group. She recorded three albums with them before agreeing, reluctantly, to move to the U.S. with her husband and the band’s drummer, Mick Fleetwood, in an attempt to revive Fleetwood Mac’s waning popularity.

Within a year they had recruited two American musicians, Lindsey Buckingham, an established guitarist and singer-songwriter, and his girlfriend and musical partner, Stevie Nicks. Buckingham and Nicks became, alongside Mcvie, the band’s principal singers and songwriters.

From the start, Mcvie realized that they had found a distinct new sound. “I started playing Say You Love Me,” she recalled, “and when I reached the chorus they started singing with me and fell right into it. I heard this incredible sound — our three voices — and said to myself: ‘Is this me singing?’ I couldn’t believe how great this three-voice harmony was.”

The three singers also complemented each other in terms of their songwriting and performing styles. Mcvie was the most understated, and when on stage she would always remain seated at her keyboards. Her songs were simple, direct and confessional, usually about the joy and heartache of love. Her fellow singer-songwriters were in turn mystical and ethereal (Nicks) and highly strung but technically controlled (Buckingham).

The new lineup released the album Fleetwood Mac in 1975. In addition to hit songs written and performed by Buckingham and Nicks, the album included Over My Head and Say You Love Me, by Mcvie, both of which reached the Top 20. But it was Rumours, which, two years later, was to become one of the biggest selling albums of all time.

Christine McVie appeared to maintain a cosmic serenity through it all

Voice of composure
Christine Mcvie helped hold Fleetwood Mac together with cosmic calm

The Washington Post

Love songs can be quaint little things or wild metaphysical proclamations, and it's so nice when they can be both, like in the case of Fleetwood Mac's Everywhere.

The year is 1987. The place is in the song's title. Christine Mcvie, her band's sturdiest yet somewhat stealthiest member, soars into the refrain on a rising melody that feels like a heart being released from gravity. Then comes a line as casually wonderful as a scribbled love note. “I wanna be with you everywhere.”

Here's the small way to hear it: I want you by my side when I wake up, when I walk the dog, when I do the grocery shopping.

Here's the big way to hear it: I want to experience the entirety of space-time with you, the sheer immensity of our love permeating every moment and location in this known universe, including the produce aisle.

In the turbulence of the Fleetwood Mac universe, it's also easy to hear Everywhere as a sort of culmination.

Mcvie, who died Wednesday at 79, wrote the song for the band's last great album, Tango in the Night, and it contains so many of the group's paradoxical magic tricks — vocal harmonies that sound both dreamy and in-your-face; a groove that lands pillowy and taut; that twitchy yearning beneath an overall sheen of calm that makes so many Fleetwood Mac songs feel effortless, urgent, fragile and expensive.

Famously, Mcvie was the voice of composure in her historically tumultuous crew. She married Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie in 1968, then joined the group a few years later, only to divorce in 1976 — a separation outshone by a concurrent split between bandmates Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. A year later, the gang released their planeteating Rumours album and became the biggest rock stars drawing breath.

McVie appeared to maintain a cosmic serenity through it all. This year, in an interview with Rolling Stone, she described herself as “the Mother Teresa who would hang out with everybody or just try and (keep) everything nice and cool and relaxed” — additionally noting, “Even though I am quite a peaceful person, I did enjoy that storm.”

Was she talking about her role in the band's dramarama or her place in their music?

Focus your attention on Mcvie's voice during the finest songs that she wrote, co-wrote, sung and co-sung — Don't Stop, You Make Loving Fun, Hold Me, Little Lies, Everywhere — and you can hear the durability of her singing as a form of peacekeeping, imbuing Fleetwood Mac's opulence with a sense of consistency, continuity and equanimity.

In that same interview, when asked in which era of the band she felt most happy, Mcvie said, “I think I was happy pretty much all the time.”