Perez Hilton on Paul McCartney, Winehouse, How He'll Reinvent the Music Biz

March 21, 2008 12:05 PM ET

Last month word broke that Internet gossip guru — and staunch supporter of acts like Mika and the Gossip — Perez Hilton was making moves to officially enter the music industry as a Warner Bros. scout. Rock Daily tracked Hilton down at his SXSW party, which featured Swedish star Robyn, to find out how the man who reinvented gossip blogging would save the record industry — and what Paul McCartney had to say when the two met.

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