Music News: 'Hey There Delilah' may become TV show

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Plain White T's at a Hollywood gala, 2018.
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This was probably inevitable: the Plain White T's' 2006 hit "Hey There Delilah" is being developed into a TV series. Stereogum reports that members of the band are heading to L.A. with producers this month to see if a network will pick up their idea for a "contemporary fairy tale that expands the story within the song."

Notorious B.I.G. murder investigation film pulled from theaters

City of Lies, a new movie about the investigation of the Notorious B.I.G.'s 1997 murder, starring Johnny Depp and Forrest Whitaker as a detective and a reporter following the case, has suddenly been pulled from its planned Sept. 7 release. No explanation for the cancellation has been given, but the Hollywood Reporter speculates that allegations of domestic violence involving Johnny Depp, diminishing the actor's box office appeal, may have been a factor.

Today's Vegas news

Lady Gaga has detailed her upcoming Las Vegas residency, which will include two entirely different types of show. Most of the dates will be a show called "Enigma," described as a "brand-new odyssey of her pop hits built as an experience unlike any other." Four shows, though, will be "Jazz & Piano" gigs for fans of her work with Tony Bennett, with whom she was recently spotted entering a studio. The run opens Dec. 28 and extends through Nov. 8, 2019. (Spin)

Stevie Nicks to return to American Horror Story

Lady Gaga won't be on the next season of American Horror Story, but Stevie Nicks will return, having played herself in an episode of the last season. The new season, American Horror Story: Apocalypse, will premiere on FX Sept. 12. (Consequence of Sound)

Viper Room may close

The Viper Room, a famous rock club on L.A.'s Sunset Strip, has been sold and may close. A buyer paid $80 million for the club and three other nearby properties; there's speculation that they could be demolished for a new development, but a representative for the buyer says there's no development plan currently in place.

The Viper Room opened in 1993 with Johnny Depp as a part-owner, and was the site of River Phoenix's death on Halloween of that year. Depp sold his share of the club in 2004, and it's been a successful venue for everyone from Tom Petty to Johnny Cash to the Pussycat Dolls.

It's seen in the cult-classic Valley Girl, filmed in the '80s when the club was operating under previous ownership and a different name.

Musicians make only 12% of music industry revenue

Most consumers probably think that when they buy a record, pay for streaming, or pick up a concert ticket, most of that money goes to...well, musicians. Not so, says a new study. According to Citgroup, musicians themselves take home only 12% of music industry revenue. The rest goes to streaming services, promoters, labels, distributors, venues, and the many other parties involved in the industry.

The bright side: U.S. consumers are spending over $20 billion a year on music, more than ever before. Citigroup's analysts say that more of that money could flow to artists if technology leads to consolidation, cutting out some of the unnecessary parties. (Rolling Stone)

Lance Bass outbid for Brady Bunch house

Lance Bass is feeling "heartbroken" at failing in his attempt to buy the Brady Bunch house. The Los Angeles house that was pictured in exterior shots from the early '70s family show — which, according to the real estate agent — is the second most-photographed house in the U.S. after the White House — was purchased by HGTV, which is promising to restore the house and "tell safe, fun stories with this beloved piece of American TV history."

Bass, though, says he feels used. According to an Instagram post, the NSYNC member made a winning bid that was "WAY over the asking price," only to be informed that a corporate buyer was willing to pay any cost. Bass thinks he was just a pawn in the transaction, used to drive the price up. " I just hope it is not demolished. Thanks for all the love and support," he wrote. "To make me happier you can register and vote November 6th!" (BuzzFeed)

Marcia Marcia Marcia! Im feeling heartbroken today. As many of you may have heard, we placed the winning bid on the iconic Brady Bunch house—at least that’s what we were told. The agent representing the estate informed us we made the winning bid (which was WAY over the asking price) after the final deadline for all offers had passed—even writing up the “winning bid” for my team after informing me of the good news. Isn’t a deadline a deadline? This was a dream come true for me and I spent the night celebrating amongst friends, family, and fans alike. The next day, due to “unforeseen circumstances” the same agent informed us that there’s another Corporate Buyer (Hollywood studio) who wants the house at any cost. We were prepared to go even higher but totally discouraged by the sellers agent, they will outperform any bid with unlimited resources. How is this fair or legal?? How can I compete with a billion dollar corporate entity? I truly believe I was used to drive up the price of the home knowing very well that this corporation intended on making their offer and it’s not a good feeling. I feel used but most importantly I’m hurt and saddened by this highly questionable outcome. I just hope it is not demolished. Thanks for all the love and support. #CrushedDream #ShadyAF #DouglasElliman #ShadyBrady To make me happier you can register and vote November 6th!

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Songs sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY SA 4.0)
BoxCat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0)
Plain White T's: "Hey There Delilah"
Johnny Cash: "Let The Train Blow the Whistle When I'm Gone"
The Brady Bunch Theme Song


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