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However Bad You Think Britney Spears Sounds Without Auto-Tune, It’s Worse

Britney Spears narrow eyes X Factor

It should come as no surprise that Britney Spears uses auto-tune on her songs. For starters, there’s no way that electronic voice comes out of a flesh-and-blood human. We’ve also heard bits of her raw voice before, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less painful to listen to a new example. This leaked recording of Britney singing her song “Alien” without all the clean-up is amazingly awful. As bad as you’re imagining it, it’s probably worse than that.

It actually hurts me to categorize this post as relating to music, because wow is this bad. I’m of course obsessed with it, don’t get me wrong. I love hearing bad singers. That’s why I was so delighted the other day when Wendy Williams tried out karaoke on the Today Show and caused Savannah Guthrie to fear for the health of her unborn child. If I didn’t know that this was an actual recording of Britney Spears, I’d say for sure that some prankster just recorded their college roommate singing when they thought no one was around. There are just so few notes being hit, and it sounds like Britney is hurting herself trying to reach them.

Producer William Orbit gave a statement earlier this week explaining that what we’re hearing is a vocal warm-up, as if that makes things any better:

“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 warm-ups. The point is that it is not supposed to be shared with millions of listeners.”

By “all manner of sounds,” does he mean the kind that make my ears serve me with divorce papers? Because those are the ones I’m hearing. And now my ears and I have to attend counseling to work things out or else they’ll leave me and move to Denver. Thanks a lot, non-auto-tuned Britney.

For comparison, this is what the song ended up sounding like on Britney’s album. If you ask me, the real thing isn’t much better.

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  • Olivia Wilson

    How is singing a full song with a musical track in the background a warm-up? Try again, William Orbit.

  • Alexis Rhiannon

    It hurts the precious.

  • Kate

    “warming up”…not only does that not even make sense because she’s singing the whole damn song…but singers with actual talent don’t sound like dying animals. Exhibit A: Michael Jackson warming up and sounding like a damn angel…just sayin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fD0koeaevdc

  • fantasymother

    1) That’s now how vocal warmups are done. It’s just… not. Nice excuse since he assumes people will believe him.

    2) I disagree, she’s not straining to hit the notes – she’s not even bothering. She’s giving them a vocal track as their source for computer generation. All she has to do is give the right timing – they’ll supply the pitch.

  • CMJ

    No. That is not warming up. You can actually “warm up” a song by doing various things (humming into the words, vocal frying into the words, singing the whole song on the vowels, etc). What she did is just sing…poorly.

  • http://twitter.com/MARvelous_inc L.M.S.

    She sounds like she was just trying to get this done so she could make a Starbucks run.

    • Jill O’Rourke

      I think that’s her permanent state.

  • DeanaCal

    It’s no longer available, so should I just count myself lucky that I couldn’t indulge my curiosity?

  • Jonathan

    It looks like someone’s reuploaded it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JrwSm_YD0M

    • Jill O’Rourke

      Hardy har har.

    • Lola

      Is she on drugs or what? It was awful.

  • Nbl

    Jill, are you trying to get a death page like Alexis? :)

  • J_Doe5686

    I’ve seen and heard singers warm up and that’s not it! It’s a cacophony of different sounds, pitch and notes. So I don’t think that’s it.