Listen to Britney Spears sing without autotuneBy Stephanie March | July 9th, 2014 | 3 comments
You’re about to hear the real Britney Spears. Prepare yourself.
A recording has surfaced of Spears singing “Alien” without the assistance of autotune. Now clearly, fans understand that there may be some discrepancy between what they hear on an album and what their favorite pop stars can deliver without studio production. But, hitting some cringe-worthy notes — mostly in the chorus — the leaked recording is tough to listen to.
Following the leak, Britney’s producer William Orbit took to Facebook and went into full-on damage control. His statement was posted alongside a (curiously far younger) photo of the popstress, and read:
Dearest Music Lovers, I have heard that Britney vocal link that everybody’s been discussing. It has been impossible not to as there have been many comments directing my attention to it. [I won’t re-posting it here]. I’d like to affirm that ANY singer when first at the mic at the start of a long session can make a multitude of vocalisations in order to get warmed up.
Warming up is essential if you’re a pro, as it is with a runner doing stretches, and it takes a while to do properly. I’ve heard all manner of sounds emitted during warmups. The point is that it is not supposed to be shared with millions of listeners.
A generous singer will put something down the mic to help the engineer get their systems warmed up and at the right level, maybe whilst having a cup of herb tea and checking through lyrics before the session really kicks off. It’s not expected to be a ‘take’.
I think that 99% of you reading this will totally understand.
Whomever put this on the internet must have done so in a spirit of unkindness, but it can in no way detract from the fact that Britney is and always will be beyond Stellar! She is magnificent! And that’s that.
Compare the unedited version (above) with the album version below:
Stephanie March is a Denver-based writer and new contributor at Reverb.