The band behind Joe Exotic’s tunes on Netflix’s “Tiger King” has inked a record deal.
The one-man Vince Johnson Band (previously a two-man duo before member Daniel Clinton passed away in late 2019) has signed an exclusive licensing and distribution agreement with BMG Rights Management and Create Music Group, TMZ reports.
As part of the deal, Johnson’s songs from the viral docuseries will be made into an album, which will hit streaming services later this year.
In addition to established fan favorite tracks “I Saw A Tiger” and “Here Kitty Kitty,” the release will also feature new songs, including one called “Killer Carole,” set to drop on Friday.
Baskin says she has been inundated with death threats since the series’ portrayal of her personal life and the disappearance of her second husband, Jack “Don” Lewis, went globally viral in March. She has denied any involvement in the killing of Lewis, including the theory that she put his body into a meat grinder and fed him to her tigers.
This month the animal activist and founder of Big Cat Rescue was granted control of Joe Exotic’s former zoo following a court ruling the same week a Florida sheriff confirmed her missing husband’s will was forged.
Exotic, meanwhile, is reportedly in talks to host a radio show from prison, where he is currently serving a 22-year sentence for orchestrating a murder-for-hire scheme to kill Baskin.
Despite the show’s unhinged depiction of him, Exotic — whose real name is Joe Maldonado-Passage — is reportedly basking in the attention it has brought him while behind bars.
“I know he absolutely loves the attention. He’s got a load of really good feedback, a lot of letters, a lot of emails,” says Exotic’s spouse, Dillon Passage.
A scripted take on the smash hit series is now in the works, with actor Nicolas Cage set to play Exotic. The show, which will be produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios, doesn’t yet have a premiere date.
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