The other week, a version of Britney Spears' song "Alien" without auto-tune or editing leaked online, giving fans a chance to hear BritBrit's vocal abilities in the rawest form. However, some aren't so impressed with the 32-year-old pop star's natural singing chops.
"I tried but I never figured it out/ Why I always felt like a stranger in a crowd," she sings in the song without any post-recording manipulation. "That was then/ Like an alien/ But the stars in the sky look like home, take me home/ And the light in your eyes lets me know I'm not alone."
"Alien" originally appeared on Spears' most recent album Britney Jean. Music producer William Orbit took to his Facebook page the other day to defend the recently leaked version.
"Dearest Music Lovers, I have heard that Britney vocal link that everybody's been discussing," he wrote. "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 vocalizations 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."
Listen to with version without auto-tune for yourself.