of Hollywood Reporter
Up to 5,000 people may have purchased Justin Bieber’s Believe
at various stores in Los Angeles between April Fools’ Day and now, but many devoted Beliebers have been surprised to find within the package a completely different album: From the Bottom of My Heart to the Top of Your Lungs
by the musical artist, PAZ.
Independent artist Paz Dylan, known simply as PAZ, has admitted
to replacing approximately 5,000 copies of Justin Bieber’s Believe
with his own music; so, if you recently purchased Believe
from a store in or near Los Angeles and you were not treated to Bieber’s charming “Boyfriend,” you are not alone. PAZ meticulously created an album that looked strikingly similar to Bieber’s Believe,
and along with several assistants he physically placed hundreds of copies of the album in various stores.
PAZ took to his Facebook account to address his fans. He wrote, “By the time you read this, every Justin Bieber CD at every store in the city has been replaced with one of these.” This hilarious photo was attached to his post:
photo courtesy of facebook
This April Fools’ prank is hilarious, but a deeper issue is present. PAZ says that retail stores could be great outlets for independent musicians if they would simply be willing to work with them. He said
, “We thought if they're going to lock their doors to independent musicians, we're just going to knock them down and get our music in there.”
What do you think of this stunt? Is it just a simple April Fools’ joke, or is it proof that independent artists deserve a chance from retailers like Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and others?
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