Sony Music Entertainmentâ€™s Twitter account was hacked on Monday, publishing fake statements that pop music icon Britney Spears had died.
Sony Music, a unit of Sony Corp, said in a short statement that its social media account was â€œcompromisedâ€ but that the situation â€œhas been rectifiedâ€.
The company said it â€œapologizes to Britney Spears and her fans for any confusionâ€.
A Sony spokeswoman refused to comment further. A Twitter spokesman did not return emails seeking comment.
The 35-year-old international superstar and Grammy award winner â€œis fine and wellâ€, Spearsâ€™ manager Adam Leber told CNN.
In the first of several false tweets on Monday, the companyâ€™s Sony Music Global Twitter account published a short message reading â€œRIP @britneyspearsâ€ and â€œÂžRIPBritney 1981-2016â€, along with a teary-eyed emoji, Variety and Billboard magazines reported.
The fake tweets were soon removed. In some tweets, the group OurMine took responsibility, Billboard reported.
The Twitter account of folk music icon Bob Dylan may also have been subjected to a hoax, Billboard reported, when it sent out a now-deleted tweet reading â€œRest in peace @britneyspearsâ€.
The Sony spokeswoman confirmed that Dylan is also a Sony artist and that the companyâ€™s statement â€œholds true for whatâ€™s happenedâ€.
Another unit of Sony, Sony Pictures Entertainment, was the victim of a devastating cyber-attack in November 2014, which the FBI concluded was the work of North Korea. That hack came a month before Sony Pictures was due to release the film The Interview, about two journalists recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.