Justin Bieber Fans Pranked, 5,000 Believe CDs Switched By Artist Paz (PHOTOS)
An artist named Paz pranked Justin Bieber fans in Los Angeles by replacing the superstar’s CD with his own.
According to the Associated Press, the 25-year-old musician “planted 5,000 copies of an album that appears to be Bieber’s Believe but actually contains a copy of his own CD at retailers such as Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart on Tuesday, April Fool’s Day.”
Paz designed the album cover to look just like Bieber’s from the outside, right down to the bar code, which allowed it to be scanned and rung up in stores as Believe.
But as the AP itself discovered, “Paz’s artwork is inside the back cover, and the disc itself is slathered with images of cats, pizzas and a dog stuffed inside a taco. The CD itself features 13 songs from his independent record, From the Bottom of My Heart to the Top of Your Lungs.
“We paid a lot of attention to detail because we wanted these to stay up on shelves as long as possible,” he told the outlet, adding that the “droplifting” was meant to be more performance art than an April Fool’s joke.
Paz explained, “The general idea is that retail stores make it almost impossible for independent musicians to get their music in there. I’ve always believed that retail stores can be the best outlets and ambassadors for independent music. They just choose not to be and sell the same recycled (expletive).” “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,” he added.
Paz, whose full name is Paz Dylan, said he had the help of other independent artists in the area, but would not reveal how much the stunt cost — or what happened to the actual Bieber CDs. And why pick Bieber albums in the first place? “The world won’t really miss a Justin Bieber record,” he said.
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