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Paul McCartney receives special award at LA music-industry event

 It was the fifth annual Capitol Congress event in Hollywood yesterday (August 8) – and one of the label group’s biggest stars stole the show. AUGUST 9, 2018 (BY MUSIC BUSINESS WORLDWIDE)

Paul McCartney receives special award at LA music-industry event; announces Japan concerts
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August 9, 2018

Paul McCartney was in Los Angeles on Wednesday to attend Capitol Music Group’s fifth annual Capitol Congress at the Hollywood Arclight theater, Variety reports.

During the event, the former Beatles legend was presented with the Capitol Icon Award by the record label’s chairman and CEO, Steve Barnett.

The Capitol Congress is a daylong conference at which employees brings together employees and executives from Capitol and its parent company, Universal Music Group, as well as some of the label’s biggest artists. It features a variety of presentations, speeches, performances and interview sessions.

In addition to receiving the Icon award, McCartney was interviewed by comic Marc Maron for what will air as an upcoming installment of Maron’s WTF podcast.  Among the topics Sir Paul discussed was his reaction to the Fab Four song “Helter Skelter,” which he wrote, supposedly being tied in with cult leader Charles Manson‘s attempts to incite his followers to commit murder.

According to Variety, McCartney said he remembered being “suddenly singled out for being the soundtrack to a murderer.” He then explained, “For years I wouldn’t do that song. I felt like if I did it, it would be a victory for [Manson]. Then I thought, ‘Wait a minute, I wrote it!'”

Paul also was asked about the supposed competition between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones during the early days of the bands.

“They’re great,” he said of The Stones. “We go back a long way and there was never really a rivalry.”

In other news, McCartney has announced three Japanese concerts as part of his Freshen Up tour. The shows are scheduled for October 31 and November 1 at the Tokyo Dome, and November 8 at the Nagoya Dome. Paul’s new studio album, Egypt Station, will be released September 7.

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Paul McCartney Attends Capitol Records Event in Hollywood
The Beatle was interviewed by Marc Maron for his "WTF" podcast and talked about fame, the Stones and Charles Manson.
AUGUST 8, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 08:  Paul McCartney and Marc Maron speak onstage during Capitol Music Group's 5th annual Capitol Congress Premieres new music and projects for industry and media at Arclight Cinemas Hollywood on August 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for Capitol Music Group) *** Local Caption *** Paul McCartney;Marc Maron

Capitol Music Group hosted its fifth annual Capitol Congress today at Hollywood’s Arclight Theater. The day-long confab brings together employees from across Universal Music Group as well as some of the company’s top executives, chief among them: UMG chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge, who delivered introductory remarks this morning. The event has traditionally featured several top stars from the CMG roster, and this year was no different, only the bar was set even higher with an appearance by Paul McCartney.

The Beatles co-founder was presented with a special Capitol Icon Award by CMG chief Steve Barnett, who programmed the day’s sessions, performances and Q&As. McCartney was later interviewed by podcast host and “Glow” star Marc Maron, a talk that will make up an episode of his “WTF” show.

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Among the topics brought up by Maron: fame, meeting fans, recording with John Lennon and the long life of the Beach Boys vs. Beatles oneupmanship as well as the Beatles vs. Rolling Stones rivalry. Of the latter, said McCartney: “We were at that Oldchella thing together. They’re great. We go back a long way and there was never really a rivalry.”

Asked about “Helter Skelter,” McCartney recalled being “suddenly singled out for being the soundtrack to a murderer. … For years I wouldn’t do that song. I felt like if I did it, it would be a victory for him. Then I thought, ‘Wait a minute, I wrote it!'”

Others in attendance throughout the day included the members of Migos, Lil Yachty, NF, MC Hammer and Troye Sivan.

In 2016, McCartney signed a worldwide recording deal with UMG that encompasses his entire catalog of master recordings, starting with the 1970 “McCartney” album. It also returned him to Capitol, the label where he started his solo career.

McCartney has a new album, “Egypt Station,” due out in the fall.

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