Track of Britney Spears Singing Without Auto Tune Leaks Online

Internet shocked by singer’s un-fixed vocal performance.

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Ever wondered what the vocals sound like on a hit pop record before they've been produced. If the recently leaked demo from Britney Spears' 2013 track "Alien" is anything to go by, then the answer is absolutely terrible.

As Gigwise reports, the version of the track, which has appeared on YouTube, finds Britney singing wildly off tune on almost every vocal phrase. Put short, it's one of the single worst vocal takes we've ever heard committed to tape:

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 Compare it to the final version:

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Producer William Orbit taken to Facebook to defend Britney, claiming that the recording was a warm-up take:

"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.

"Sincerely, William."

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    The level of Brittney's talent is so ****ing low. Always has been. She is probably THEE most autotuned singer in the world. Just by paying 25% of your attention you can tell how much autotune is being used. She should be ashamed of herself.
    Even if that video was for a warm up I don't think talented singers for warm up's sound THAT bad. Honestly I'm not 100% convinced that that wasn't autotuned to sound bad.
    I didn't think it was " of the single worst vocal takes we've ever heard committed to tape", then again you guys have never heard what I've committed to tape.Honestly though I really have heard worse. Its not just the slightly being out of tune thing, the levels are off and like others have said I think its been manipulated to sound worse.
    Yeah, definitely sounds like it's been tuned to sound bad on purpose. But the fact that her actual manager addressed it and said that it was a 'warm-up' take makes me think it might be real. Or maybe he's just a shitty manager. Terrible all around.
    This really does sound like it has been autotuned to make it sound bad.
    Yep. Or it could have been a slightly-autotuned demo of it having sounded a lot worse before. An example of this is the John Petrucci vocal version of "Wither" on the EP/single of the same name. It's clearly autotuned, but it still sounds horrible, presumably because JP isn't quite as talented of a vocalist as some people think.
    matteo cubano
    it kinda sounds like there is auto tune at 28, maybe its just how she says it though.
    matteo cubano
    2 minutes and 8 seconds.
    Same goes for 50 seconds in, that does not sound like a natural voice AT ALL. That sounds like auto-tune used incorrectly. Not a fan of Britney or whatever, but this sounds miles from legit.
    There is a bunch of people on Youtube who are a thousand times more talented than the talentless hacks in mainstream music
    You all know she made cause she was a hot piece of southern ass. Once the charm fade away, trailer trash came up.
    It is probably a warm up track that was a single take, judging from the lack of overlapping vocal parts compared to the final version. Almost all songs' vocal tracks are taken phrase by phrase and trying to get the best take possible, cutting a trimming parts in the process. So maybe there wasn't drastic autotune like is being made out in this article. Maybe she actually re-recorded the parts again and again until she got it right, THEN autotuned to fine tune it. Or maybe she's just terrible and the producer autotuned the hell out of it. Either way though, a talented singer wouldnt need autotune to make their own voice sound good. Pop music, go figure
    While I do think Ms. Spears just isn't a good singer with feeling for music, it might also be explainable due to her being used to autotune. Singers who don't have autotune teach themselves to sing on tune. I'd imagine if you wouldn't have to pay attention to singing on tune everybody would sound like this.
    Honestly are you guys surprised she can't sing. She is always lip singing there's a reason for it.
    It's not called "lip singing", it's called lip syncing. Moving your lips in sync with the words.
    Even I could do better and I just sing for fun! xD Maybe she's an alien who was trying to sing...Oh, that's too mean to the aliens xD
    I've been singing professional the last 6 years, and if you sound this bad before warm-up, you don't sound any better after. End of story But luckily for her (and a lot of other artists out there) autotune does the magic while they just stand there and collect money and fame for pretty much nothing
    It's already blocked. Too bad, 'cause I wanted to hear it. EDIT: Heard it. Yeah, pretty horrible.