As we well know, 2016 has sucked largely because of the deaths of a number of the music world's dearest icons. During any other year, claims that HRH Britney Spears had passed would seem outlandish (mostly because Britney, of course, being made of 100% pure magic, cannot die), but in a big, bad 2016 where nothing is sacred, it could have been - whisper it - true.
That's why a hack on Sony Music Global's Twitter account – which was quickly claimed by the hacking group Our Mine – sent the internet into a brief but full-bodied frenzy on Monday. At around 1 PM (8 AM EST), the account sent a tweet which read 'britney spears is dead by accident! we will tell you more soon #RIPBritney', before confirming that she was in fact safe with a tweet acknowledging the hack, hashtagged #OurMine. The group also hacked Bob Dylan's account, from which they tweeted 'rest in peace @britneyspears' – because if there's anything Dylan is known for, it's his love of Britney.
Britney's reps have since confirmed that she is "alive and well", although between now and January 1 2017 I think it's probably best to swaddle her in bubble wrap and put her in an underground bunker. You know, just to be safe.
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