Saturday, May 25, 2024

Paul McCartney Gets Back to Capitol Records, Exits Concord, Taking His Solo Catalog


Paul McCartney is coming home.

The most successful rock star like, ever, is returning to Capitol Records after a long break– nine years. Back when Capitol was being tortured by Guy Hands, McCartney packed and up and took his catalog and all new recordings to Concord.

But now Capitol is parked at Universal Music with Steve Barnett, and all is well. Katy Perry is a hit, and there are plenty of others. The whole catalog, from “McCartney” through “Driving Rain,” along with box sets and greatest hits, goes to Capitol. They undoubtedly paid a handsome price for the collection.

McCartney is out touring like a mad man at age 74, and he’s definitely planning a new album sometime in the next few months. Universal will give him the proper platform. And of course, the Beatles are on Capitol.

You can read my original exclusive about McCartney leaving Capitol in 2007 here.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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