A few days ago, a pre-autotuned version of Britney Spears‘ “Alien” was leaked online which sounded almost like you’d expect Britney Spears to sound without autotune except knowing the Internet it was probably way too good to be true. (Not to mention she was saying comprehensible words and made it through the whole song without asking for “basghetti.”) Except apparently it was real, but producer William Orbit claims it was just a warmup track which you would totally understand if you were in the biz:
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.
As for why they’d even bother confirming it was real, it’s not like Britney Spears will ever find out or even comprehend any of this. If you asked her how her day went, you’d be pretty damn positive you’re hearing a story about a puppy finding an ice cream cone. “And then I was like, ‘Oh, boy, chocolate!’ then I jumped up and down and chased my butt until I fell down. I like naps!”
UPDATE: And it literally disappeared just as I embedded it. Of course.
UPDATE: Let’s see how long this version lasts.