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Pharrell Williams Pays Tribute to “Black Godfather” Clarence Avant at Netflix Soundcheck Event

Pharrell Williams performed “Letter to My Godfather," a song he penned for the Netflix original film 'The Black Godfather' centering on influential music executive Clarence Avant, near the close of Soundcheck: A Netflix Film and Series Music Showcase presented by Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter.

Netflix Music Supervisors Talk Finding “Perfect” Songs for Martin Scorsese, Noah Baumbach Films at Soundcheck Panel

In a discussion Monday at the inaugural event Soundcheck: A Netflix Film & Series Music Showcase, presented by Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter, music supervisors Trygge Toven ('Dolemite Is My Name'), George Drakoulias ('Marriage Story'), Nora Felder ('Stranger Things'), Randall Poster ('The Irishman') and Aaron Byrd ('When They See Us') discussed finding both "anachronistic" and "quintessential" songs of their films' eras.

Senators Call for TikTok Investigation Over Chinese Espionage Concerns

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Tom Cotton have asked U.S. intelligence officials to look into security risks posed by the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok, as stated in a letter addressed to acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on Wednesday.

Issa Rae Launches New Label With Atlantic Records

Having already conquered the world of television, 'Insecure' star and creator Issa Rae is making moves in the music business.

Former BET Chairman Debra Lee Named to AT&T Board of Directors

AT&T on Monday named former BET Networks chairman and CEO Debra L. Lee to its board of directors.

Kanye West Files Trademark Application for “Sunday Service” Merchandise

Kanye West has filed a trademark application for the term “Sunday Service” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, public records show.

Katy Perry Takes the Stand for First Day of “Dark Horse” Copyright Trial

Katy Perry testified in a Los Angeles courtroom today for her 'Dark Horse' copyright trial. Christian rapper Marcus Gray and his co-writers claim Perry's 2013 track used the underlying beat from their 2008 song 'Joyful Noise' without permission.

Longtime Grammys Producer Ken Ehrlich Exiting After 2020 Telecast

Longtime Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich will return to executive produce the upcoming 62nd Grammy Awards ceremony in 2020, but the show will be his last.

Gary LeMel, Former Warner Bros. Music Head, Dies at 80

Gary LeMel, the former film music executive who supervised blockbuster soundtracks such as 'The Bodyguard,' has died. He was 80.

Big Machine Founder Scott Borchetta Promises Company Will Only “Get Bigger” After Scooter Braun Acquires Taylor Swift Catalog

Big Machine Label Group founder, president and CEO Scott Borchetta penned a letter to the company’s artists, songwriters, producers, managers, staff and partners announcing its $300 million acquisition by Scooter Braun and The Carlyle Group’s Ithaca Holdings, sources have shared with Billboard.

Ozzy, Sharon Osbourne Blast Donald Trump’s Use of “Crazy Train” in Debate Tweet

Donald Trump’s use of Ozzy Osbourne’s "Crazy Train" in a Twitter video this morning didn’t go over well with the former Black Sabbath frontman and his wife, Sharon.

Roky Erickson, Vocalist and Guitarist for Psychedelic Rock Band ‘The 13th Floor Elevators,’ Dies at 71

Roky Erickson, lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the psychedelic rock band The 13th Floor Elevators, died Friday in Austin, Texas, at age 71.