If somebody already made a thread about this in advance, I apologize
So, a supposed LA Metal Band by the name of Threatin gained notoriety for really exaggerating the amount of people that showed up in the venues for their UK tour. Specifically, the band had booked a European tour despite being a rather unknown band (well, until now actually).
According to MetalSucks (I know, I know, but they have been following the Threatin situation in detail). Frontman Jered Threatin created a fake booking agency and promoter to land the gigs as well as fabricate live footage of them performing in LA and bought Facebook likes as well as YouTube views and event RSVPs, and even lied to venues about ticket sales, which one of the venues named "The Underworld" brought this up by pointing out how only three people showed up to the venue despite the band's claim that they sold 291 tickets in advance.
Not only did Jered Threatin fabricate a booking agency and promoter, he also fabricated a record label, a press outlet, a website, and an award to make his band seem more legit than it already is. As more things started to come up with the whole "Threatin" situation, Jered Threatin wrote on Twitter about how reading about his supposed stunt makes us part of the illusion. Meanwhile, MetalSucks got some more details on who Jered Threatin really is, including who he was before Threatin, the fact that he might be using his own money to keep up with the illusion that Threatin is a real band, and even some interviews with an estranged brother of his.
Honestly, as much as this situation kinda hurts my brain, it also fascinates me how something like this can possibly exist. I mean, it just makes me want to know more about this supposed band and how everyone's getting swindled by this
http://www.metalsucks.net/tag/threatin/ (These are the articles they have on Threatin)
https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/11/jered-threatin-statement-musical-past-revealed/ (This is an article about the tweet mentioned in this post)