Britney Spears is somewhat of an anomaly. Despite not having the best of live singing voices, and having a very public mental breakdown, she still has a music career — and a pretty damn good one at that.
And because 2016 has been a terrible year in terms of losing amazing musicians like David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, and most recently, George Michael, any other rumor started about a famous singer passing would probably be met without much question — that's how much of a dumpster fire 2016 has been.
So when hackers got a hold of Sony Music Global's Twitter account and announced that Britney Spears had met her maker, people believed it.
Even though the announcement seemed kind of suspect.
Akun Sony Music Global kena hack dan ngetweet kalo Britney meninggal pic.twitter.com/yWtRP2D2fL— CreativeDisc.Com (@creativedisccom) December 26, 2016
Bob Dylan even had his Twitter account compromised and hackers sent out messages of bereavement on his behalf.
De officiële accounts van Sony Music en Bob Dylan melden dat Britney Spears is omgekomen bij een ongeluk. Grote kans dat ze gehackt zijn. pic.twitter.com/CN0XW52mE9— Rick Kraus (@RickKraus) December 26, 2016
But before long, Sony Global Music deleted the tweets and regained control of their account. The public was assured that Britney was alive and well.
Britney Spears is alive and well, her rep tells CNN. It appears @SonyMusicGlobal erroneously tweeted her death. Sony rep says no comment— AnneClaire Stapleton (@AnneClaireCNN) December 26, 2016
And then spears posted proof of life herself, by posting a video of her and her kids out hunting.
Thank goodness, now let's hope 2016 doesn't have any other nasty surprises in store for us.