The Fugees’ Name Surfaces In German Radio Station Prank

The Fugees’ name surfaced in a report from a German radio station Friday in what has turned out to be an April Fool’s Day prank. According to Reuters (who earlier had been taken in by the prank), Berlin’s Kiss FM admitted Saturday that an announcement that the hip hop trio had purchased station owner Frank Otto’s majority stake, was a joke.

Kiss FM spokesman Michael Weiland admitted in a statement that Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, and Pras, known collectively as The Fugees, were not purchasing Otto’s 50.2 percent stake, despite an announcement at a press conference on Friday. The conference, held at a Berlin restaurant, was a key ingredient in the elaborate hoax.

The prank was further perpetuated by “Bild,” a widely circulated German newspaper that ran a report on the alleged sale, and a photo of station owner Otto, managing director, Marco Brandt, and a man identified as “Fugee spokesman Ronald Keaton.”

As for The Fugees, there is no word on when a new album
might surface from the group as a whole, but all three members are in various stages of production on new solo projects. Wyclef, who is currently on a college tour (see “Wyclef Jean Taps Kelis For Collegiate Tour” ), will release his second solo LP, “The Ecleftic,” later this year. According to Lauryn Hill’s manager, she is back in a New Jersey recording studio doing preliminary work on the follow-up to her hugely successful “Miseducation” album. Pras, who has been working on the follow-up to his solo debut, “Ghetto Superstar,” will also arrive on the big screen this spring in a film of the same name.