No, People In Italy Are Not Singing These Songs On Balconies

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One brief clip of people quarantined in Italy on their balconies has become the source material for a plethora of fake videos making the rounds on social media.

They’re supposedly singing along to everything from Cher’s cover of ABBA’s “The Winner Takes It All” to Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.”

It’s all thanks to people with more time on their hands than usual, who are adding audio from live performances by different artists to the video of people listening to "Macarena" on their balconies that circulated last week. Italy is on a national lockdown to halt the spread of COVID-19.

Among those who were initially fooled are Black Sabbath and pop stars Madonna and Katy Perry.

“You cannot break the human spirit. We are one in this,” Perry captioned a retweet of a doctored clip in which folks sing along to her hit “Roar.” (She has since deleted the tweet.)

Madonna shared a clip in which the people in Italy seem to be singing “I Rise” and wrote: “Let Us All RISE UP. everywhere around the world!!”

Other videos have the neighbourhood doing Rihanna’s “B**ch Better Have My Money” and “Track 10” by Charli XCX.

“I’m not crying,” tweeted UK pop star Cheryl Cole along with a clip in which the people in Italy sing “Fight For Love.”

A different video clip purports to show residents singing “Sometimes.” One person who shared the video tweeted: “So beautiful seeing Italians under quarantine united by the power of Britney Spears.”

Here are some of the fake clips going around:

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