Don’t be Fooled: Google is not buying Spotify (and other lies you may have seen today)

April Fools Day

It’s April Fools Day again, and the internet is up to its normal hijinks.

The key to ruining any joke is repetition. April Fools Day is, if anything, a celebration of bad jokes made worse through repetition. People and brands use the same jokes year after year in hopes of getting a few more reactions or clicks on their otherwise uninteresting content. The gags have become so prevalent, in fact, that many advise others to avoid reading any headliners whatsoever on April 1.

But ignoring headlines isn’t easy for everyone, and in the days to come many will fall prey to the continued sharing of fake news posted today. We cannot tell you every lie that has been posted today, but here are a few that we’ve seen shared over and over again.

To be clear, these stories are false. They are mostly, if not entirely made up.

Google is planning to buy Spotify (Source: DigitalMusicNews)

The best April Fool’s headlines are those based in reality. DMN did a great job pulling together the details of this fake story, and its length can give an immediate impression of truth. However, no such plans exist.

Disco is back (Source: Spotify)

On Monday, April 1, every Spotify user’s Discover Weekly playlist featured a collection of disco classics and covers of essential disco hits.

Tool release new 37-minute song titled “Sounds of Night Crickets” (Source: Tool)

The new “song” is actually just thirty-seven minutes of crickets at night. Soothing, but definitely not metal.

HyperX to release a headphone collaboration with Cup Noodles (Source: HyperX)

Britain will be forced out of Eurovision song contest due to Brexit (Source: Express)

The Daily Express reported that Britain may face a permanent exit from the Eurovision song contest, due to a ruling by L’Institute de Eurovision Song. A spokesperson is quoted as saying “It is unfortunate for British music fans, but we have a duty to protect the performers and music fans from other member states.”

There are also countless posts from musicians, promoters, and independent blogs regarding breakups, reunions, fake festivals, and album releases that are never going to happen.

If you see anything going viral that shouldn’t, please send a link to and we’ll add it to this post.

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the Director of Customer Engagement at Haulix and host of the company's podcast, Inside Music. He is also a public speaker known for promoting careers in the entertainment industry, as well as an entertainment journalist with over a decade of experience. His bylines include Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Nu Sound, and Under The Gun Review, among other popular outlets.