Unedited Britney Spears Song Without Auto-Tune Leaks Online And It’s Pretty Bad

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Britney Spears is receiving a wave of criticism after an alleged clip of Spears’ raw vocals for her song “Alien” were leaked online, without the magic of auto-tune.

The 32-year-old “Work Bitch” singer, released the finished form of the song on her eighth studio album, Britney Jean, released in November 2013.

Critics have called the unedited singing “flat,” “cringe-worthy,” and “downright scary”—but her music producer says it’s not a reflection of the pop star’s true talent.

Brits producer William Orbit seemed to be confirming the track was real while defending the singer from her haters:

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’.

As Gawker points out:

He’s got a point: No matter how bad it sounds (pretty bad), it’s not as if Britney intended this take, if it’s real, for release. By all means, feel cheated by the final product—it was no “Toxic,” after all—but if you’re shocked to find out that a popular singer uses Auto-Tune, I’ve got a T-Pain Memorial Bridge* to sell you.

Take a listen below:

Britney Spears – Alien NO AUTOTUNE by dioguinhoblog

I think this calls for Chris Crocker’s ‘eave Britney Alone’ video: