Music’s Best April Fool’s Day Pranks Ever
Today is April Fool’s Day, or as many know it, the worst day to be using the internet. Jokes are everywhere, and like this weird clip of LeBron rapping to a Kanye song that surfaced today, it’s hard to distinguish the real news from the pranks.
Pop artists are in the position of having many, many people watching what they’re doing at all times, and on this day, they certainly like to take advantage of that.
We rounded up some of the best, most epic April Fool’s Day pranks ever played by some of your favorites, including Justin Bieber, Drake, Coldplay and more. Check them out below.
1. Justin Bieber vs. TMZ
Even if you’re not a diehard #belieber, you have to admit, this prank had style.
Gossip site TMZ has long made Bieber the butt of jokes and the subject of some not-so-nice stories. On April Fool’s Day last year, the Biebs exacted his revenge—by posting a tweet, reading “As promised taking all fan phone calls TODAY at (888) 847-9869. Talk to u soon!”
It would all seem very sweet, were it not actually TMZ’s tip line. Droves of fans flooded the call lines of TMZ’s offices, which would have been in good fun if it wasn’t a toll-free line. TMZ’s offices had to foot the bill for a very expensive, very annoying day.
2. SONY Announces headphones for cats
Last year, SONY released this ridiculous campaign offering a new line of headphones for pets, called Animalia. The video (above) accompanies this text:
“We’re stoked to introduce our first-ever line of technology products specially designed and created for pets. The Animalia lineup includes Sony-branded products targeted at owners with dogs, cats and hamsters such as the K9 4K TV, M3-OW Kitty Cans, and In-Cage Speakers. Watch this video for an exclusive overview.”
Pretty cute, SONY.
3. Drake and Nicki Minaj Get Married
There’s a line in that Drake song “Miss Me” that references marrying Minaj, so four years ago today, Drizzy pulled a fast one on the internet pretending it actually happened.
The rapper took to Twitter to say, “Please refer to @nickiminaj as Mrs. Aubrey Drake Graham and don’t stare at her too long. She’s finally mine. :)”
Please refer to @nickiminaj as Mrs. Aubrey Drake Graham and dont stare at her too long. She’s finally mine. :)
— Drizzy (@Drake) August 27, 2010
Obviously, this ignited a slew of reactions across the spectrum.
Drake and Nicki let everyone in on the joke the next day, but the “couple” reunited for Drake’s “Moment 4 Life” a few months later.
4. Refinery29 90s Revival show
Fashion blog Refinery29 played “What if?” earlier today by posting this poster for a pretend music fest.
Could you imagine if it was REAL though?
5. Hanson Covers Slipknot
Remember Hanson? The shaggy-haired, pop brothers three who spawned the infectious “MMMBop” filmed a video for Hot Topic that suggested the dreamy 90s siblings would cover Slipknot—a whole album’s worth. Obviously that did not happen, but the idea is still pretty funny.
Though this one was by no means the doing of Justin Bieber himself, it still happened, and it was kind of morbid. 4chan hackers took over Entertainment Tonight’s Twitter, and tweeted, “Pop star Justin Bieber was diagnosed with cancer earlier this morning. Bieber fans are shaving their heads to show their support.”
Eventually the ruse was exposed (and the Twitter was reclaimed by ET), but not before 900 Twitter users had retweeted the update, #BaldforBeiber was trending, and a website at baldforbeiber.com had popped up (the website is no longer around).
7. Coldplay Releases Signature Fragrance
Four years ago, Coldplay unleashed this crazy release unto the world, saying that the band would begin to sell their signature fragrance. The cologne, called “Angst,” accompanied this statement by Chris Martin:
“This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said the band’s frontman, Chris Martin. “People like to smell nice and we thought we could help them out.”
It also came with this picture:
And at only 42 British pounds, this cologne could supposedly have been yours. Too bad it was a prank.
8. Beiber or Die
Back when Bieber was still rocking the infamous side sweep, he filmed this silly video with FunnyOrDie.com four years ago:
9. Strawberry is selling a television
Our very own Strawberry told us about an April Fool’s Day three years ago, when he was pranked by a friend.
“About 3 years ago, I woke up to an early phone call. Someone was asking about my flat screen TV. I told the person they had the wrong number. Several phone calls later I figured something was up.
Turns out my good friend posted a fake ad on Craigslist claiming that I was giving away a brand new 42 inch flat screen. My cell phone would not stop ringing until I found the Craigslist ad and had it pulled off. Good prank though.”