Hacked Dallon Weekes account slanders Taylor Swift and others

Weekes lost control of some of his accounts; here's how it went down.
Dalton Weekes at 2017 Pre-GRAMMY Gala
Dalton Weekes at 2017 Pre-GRAMMY Gala / Michael Kovac/GettyImages

On Thursday night, millions of fans were shocked to see Dallon Weekes telling Taylor Swift to die and swearing at former bandmate Brendon Urie on X. A quick skim of his other recent posts raises further questions, with the account additionally going after musicians Rubi Rose, Halsey, Charli XCX, Ariana Grande, and Drake. What sparked Weekes to make these comments?

On an alternative account of his, it was revealed that his primary X account got hacked. Previously using an Elf-inspired password, Weekes could no longer access it, locked out from preventing its sporadic activity. Currently on tour in Europe, he also brought to light that Happiest Nuclear Winter from his band The Brobecks was illegally uploaded onto Spotify.

Beginning on June 14 at 5:33 AM CEST (June 13 at 11:33 PM EST), the hacked account moved past typical scam posts of cryptocurrency and began to mention specific people. This led with a mention of Taylor Swift in an image asking her to kill herself, which received an overwhelmingly negative response from fans. It later made suggestive beckons toward Rubi Rose, Halsey, and Ariana Grande.

Various musicians were unwillingly attacked by hacked Dallon Weekes account

In the next hour, Weekes' account vulgarly told Brendon Urie to get lost, as Weekes was previously the bassist for Panic! at the Disco. It then spoke positively about Charli XCX, requesting followers to stream her latest LP, Brat. After a failed communication with the real Dallon Weekes, it also asked Drake to collaborate.

By the next morning, these slur-filled posts were deleted. From the real Weekes, a statement was put out that tries to minimize the issue and bring the focus back to I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME's Impending Gloom Tour. He highlighted that the touring band received a brand new bus after their old one spontaneously burst into flames.

A plan in motion is set back

Although it seemed as if the issue had come to an end. another still stood. Originally released on January 22, 2005, the second album by The Brobecks is Happiest Nuclear Winter, which mysteriously appeared on streaming services the same day as the X account's hacking.

This was also revealed to be unofficial, with profits going to an unknown individual. The album was previously not online as the members hadn't made any arrangements for royalties, a complication that the band's first three albums face. The fourth album, Violent Things, is written solely by Weekes and is subsequently available for purchase and streaming.

With the timing of the illegal upload of Happiest Nuclear Winter, the wife of Weekes provided further context on what effect it had. Breezy stated that the band had been planning on releasing it legally soon, and complications have risen because of this incident. At the original time of release, The Brobecks consisted of Weekes, Matthew Glass, Michael Gross, and Bryan Szymanski, none of whom have stated to be responsible.

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Multiple users have replied to the post with a mention of Distrokid, criticizing the company for not verifying the identity of people uploading music through the website. The distributor was also responsible for a similar situation last year, involving an illegal upload of the Lemon Demon albums Hip to the Javabean and Damn Skippy, which set back a planned official release.

Although things seem gloomy for Weekes, he has maintained an optimistic presence online and attempted to overshadow the situation he had no control over. As the frontman of I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME, he is currently on tour in Europe, with tickets available on his website.

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