A previously unreleased Britney Spears track has been making its rounds on the internet…but it was never supposed to see the light of day!
Last week, the latest single from Spears’s album Britney Jean, “Alien,” surfaced on YouTube with something noticeably absent: auto-tune.
As many began to criticize the track and the 33-year-old singer’s vocals, producer William Orbit took to Facebook to defend Britney:
“Dearest Music Lovers, I have heard that Britney vocal link that everybody’s been discussing,” he began. “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,” Orbit continued. “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,” he concludes, “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.”
For her part, Spears has not commented on the song.
Take a listen to the auto-tune-less version of “Alien” above and share your thoughts about William Orbit’s words in the comments section!