Aspiring musician Paz attempted to fool Justin Bieber fans in Los Angeles on Tuesday (01Apr14) by planting 5,000 fake copies of the pop superstar's Believe CD on store shelves.
The 25-year-old DJ/producer made the cover of the hoax discs look identical to Bieber's album art, complete with bar codes and plastic wrapping, but the copies included a CD of his music.
The albums were secretly distributed at a string of retail outlets, including Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Target on April Fools' Day, and actually featured Paz's release, From the Bottom of My Heart to the Top of Your Lungs.
Paz, who considers the prank a kind of performance art piece, tells the Associated Press, "We were meticulous. We paid a lot of attention to detail because we wanted these to stay up on shelves as long as possible."
Bieber and his representatives have yet to comment on the prank.