It’s something that music fans have always known, Britney Spears can’t really sing.
Even the ‘singer’s’ most die-hard fans will be the first ones to tell you that they love Britney’s stage outfits and shows, not her singing. That’s because she’s not much of a singer.
Yes the girl has made it, sold millions of records and topped Pop charts on a regular basis with hits such ‘Baby one more time’ and ‘Oops I did it again’.
But the truth finally came out when an unedited track (Alien) of singer leaked on the internet recently, sounding rather awful.
Music producer William Orbit, who has worked with a another questionable vocalist Madonna has come to her defense and issued a statement stating that:
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.
Then there was the polished studio version