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Capitol Congress Corrals Global Music Team, Migos and a Beatle

The Capitol Music Group held its fifth annual Capitol Congress at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday, highlighted by a daylong session of product presentations, panels, musical performances and a live podcast featuring Paul McCartney and “WTF” host and “Glow” star Marc Maron. The summit was capped off with a party on the back lot of the Capitol Tower complete with requisite food trucks, open bars, DJs and plenty of industry schmooze.

Capitol Music Group Chairman/CEO Steve Barnett greeted the crowd, before introducing UMG Chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge, who marveled at the label’s growth since being acquired by Universal in 2011 as part of its purchase of EMI. Grainge stated: “As much as our industry keeps changing and as much as we have led its transformation, one thing remains completely unchanged… that we are the world’s best partner for artists.”

And then they proceeded to prove it, with artist showcases from promising Asbury Park singer/songwriter Fletcher (“Undrunk”), Ypsilanti MI, RB vocalist Queen Naija (“Medicine”) and Blue Note President Don Was playing stand-up bass with sax player Dave McMurray, accompanying Detroit poet Jessica Care Moore in a spoken-word tribute to the venerable label, which is about to celebrate an 80th anniversary with its own documentary. Hot newcomer Troye Sivan also debuted his next single, performing “Animal;” rapper NF was recognized for  more than 3 million adjusted albums sold, including 3.5 billion streams; And video sizzles touted other new artists including critics’ darling Christine and the Queens and teenpop star Loren Gray.

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