The Britney Spears Without Autotune Track Is Real

July 9th, 2014 // 35 Comments

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.

Photos: Fame/Flynet


  1. This video never really existed, did it?

    Why must you fill the internet with LIES? Leave Brittney alone!

  2. Britney Spears Legs Short Shorts Cleavage Crop Top Bed Bath And Beyond
    Commented on this photo:

    Looks like they got her boobs autotuned. Usually they are all willy nilly. They look pretty in tune here.

  3. Who is Sme and why is she coque blocking my youtubes?

  4. JC

    You know, I’ve heard plenty of amateur and professional singers warming up. They sound like they’re doing scales and vocal exercises; none of those “exercises” involves singing off-pitch and off-key, unless you’re warming up to do an impersonation of someone who can’t sing.

  5. Rasputin's Evil Twin

    Autotune is audio Photoshop. We know these people don’t look like their photos, so why should we be surprised to find out she really can’t sing? J. Lo sure can’t.

    Can ANYONE sing now?

    • JC

      I read an interview a while back with Neko Case, and she said that when she went into the studio, the engineers said she was the ONLY person in recent memory who hadn’t used autotune. As she said (paraphrasing), “Just take the extra time and hit the damn note. It will sound better, and you’ll feel better about yourself.”

    • Short Round

      Spears is photoshopped, autotuned, medicated, and under conservatorship. Does an entity called Britney Spears even exist or it’s a giant practical joke.

    • I think of autotune as being less of “audio photoshop” and more like “audio hairpiece” or “audio breast implants”. Because it’s that sad. It doesn’t fool anyone, everyone knows when you’re autotuning and knows WHY you’re autotuning.

      • Rasputin's Evil Twin

        Well put, sir.

        Autotune gives the “singers” the right pitch, but can’t give them talent.

        Also, Short Round, I’m sure the next step is a performer who doesn’t exist at all, but is a hologram. No paternity suits, no overdoses, no entourages, and when it’s out of style, you store it away until it can go on the oldies tour in about 5 years. Pure profit.

    • Veronika Larsson

      Yes, the Swedes. None of that Autotune bullshit.

      Try this:

      Or if you really want to go hardcore, Nina Persson:

      Or my favorite, Lykke Li:

      Swedish singers who can’t perform live don’t earn rent money.

    • dennis

      Without auto-tune popstars wouldn’t exist.

  6. wat

    I’d love to lick her retarded stretch marks.

  7. Pop music is crafted for, marketed to, payed for, and consumed by people ages 11-16. Children have crap taste. The reason Justin Bieber is a millionaire is that you let your kids buy crap songs on your iTune account to shut them up. The reason Britney Spears is a millionaire is because you’re too stupid to admit you had crap taste when you were 14, so you just double down on it.

  8. Actually, this vocal has been run through a reasonable bit of vocal processing. It is most notable at about the 2:00 mark (yes, I made it that far, but only because of my dedication to science). Listen to “But the stars in the sky look like home” and you can clearly hear the digital filtering, especially on the word “like,” though the whole phrase is lousy with unlocked AutoTune, so this could possibly sound worse than it actually was. Any intended raw vocal track would never be printed to tape wet (processed), so the producer’s explanation is plausible. Spears has always had a decent, but never great, voice, as evidenced by some of her early live recordings. My bet is the visual for this take would show her slurping down a cold Frappucino between lines, and singing “Alien” to a pile of Taco Bell Gorditas, none of which would exactly have her performing at her peak. Oh, and for the record, 2:00 exceeds the amount of time I would listen to the released track.

  9. Who like Britney Spears for her singing voice anyway?

  10. Old Guitar Player

    When Britney’s first album was being recorded, I was still a
    studio musician (I retired in 2000). Back then, Britney would
    record her vocals, have them tuned, and then stack them on
    2 incredible female studio singers. All of her tracks sounded
    like this one back then, before they added Antares / Mackie
    auto-tuning, and the other voices. What did you expect? loll…

    • Old Guitar Player

      I forget to mention the most important part. In the late 1990′s
      she was EXTREMELY hot. I remember a particular pair of jean
      shorts that stopped a tracking session for almost 20 min. I swear,
      she walked in and guys were practically drooling. She’s still
      pretty attractive, but back then she was fucking amazing.

  11. Slash

    It’s almost like music that isn’t written by the people “singing” it is not very good because why bother to make good music for teenagers (and adults with teenager taste), it would be a waste of time and effort. Why waste good music on people whose only real talent is being reasonably attractive by conventional standards and lurching around onstage as if they’re having a seizure?

  12. Penelope Pickle

    Not too shabby.

  13. I still like this goofy bitch. I’d like to have those pretty legs wrapped around my head.

    • Marketing Mike

      I’ll bet if she went to Chili’s for lunch,
      you wouldn’t feel this way….

      • She may need to take some Beano before eating, And afterward, she definitely needs to takes care of some hygienic ablutions and scrape her fangs. ¿Ves? ¡No problemo!

    • I’m here to tell you her legs aren’t nearly as “pretty” as they used to be. It irks me when celebs can’t even be bothered to keep themselves slim and trim. If you want to be on stage, look like something we want to look at, not a mall mom.

      • Old Guitar Player

        We met her in 1996, when she stopped by our Studio to say hi
        with a few studio execs and her mom. She wasn’t even legal yet,
        and it was pretty clear what her “real” talent was. Not singing.

  14. I wonder if she snorts when she eats, the sound coming out her mouth is dreadful.

  15. Louis Calvin Kline

    Burpany Smears. Esq.

  16. Doc

    Funny part is, quiet as its kept, this is the best she’s looked in a LONG time.

  17. Spinal Tap was on TV tonight… even they sound better than Burtney. AND David St. Hubbins has prettier hair. Just sayin’.

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