Stevie Nicks says she has little interest in recording new music, either solo or with her longtime band Fleetwood Mac. In an interview posted by Evening Standard, the 68-year-old singer blamed the internet and today’s youth-oriented market for her hesitation to write and record new songs.
“I don’t write as many songs anymore because with the internet, the way that kids listen to music, all the streaming, and the fact that if they’re very savvy, if they want to get it and not pay for it, they can,” Nicks said. “We don’t have the impetus to write 20 songs because we know that unless you’re under 20 you’re not going to sell many records.”
Steve Nicks’ last solo record, In Your Dreams, was released in 2011, while Fleetwood Mac’s last group effort, Say You Will, was nearly 15 years ago.
The band, which includes Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood has sold more than 100 million records since the early 1970s. And while they took on a world tour in 2015, Nicks said it usually take Fleetwood Mac more than a year to record an album. The singer cited the age of the band and the expense of recording as two reasons she doesn’t see a new album in the band’s future.
"It would be a whole year of recording, then press, then rehearsal, and by the time we got back onto the road, it would be heading towards the second year, and I don’t know whether at this time it’s better for us just to do a big tour,” she said.
While Stevie Nicks is shying away from recording new music, some of her bandmates are singing a different tune. Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham are planning to release their first-ever collaboration of duets, tentatively titled Buckingham McVie, which is due to drop this spring. Meanwhile, Stevie Nicks is currently touring with The Pretenders.
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