Britney Spears Singing Without Auto-Tune Has Been Leaked

Are you ready for this? Are you SURE? Listen at your own peril.

1. A version of Britney Spears’ new single, “Alien”, without Auto-Tune has been leaked online. And… Wow.

2. William Orbit, who produced the track, said that leaking the track was “unkind”. / Jive

According to Orbit, this version is Britney “warming up”, and was never intended to be released.

He wrote on Facebook: “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.”

He continued: “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’.”

3. Here’s the slightly more pleasant Auto-Tuned version.


The original video leaked onto YouTube has been pulled after a copyright claim was made by Sony Music Entertainment.

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Ellie Woodward is a UK celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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