Britney's Just the Beginning: How Auto-Tuning Took Over the Music Industry

July 9, 2014 10:44 PM

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Britney's Just the Beginning: How Auto-Tuning Took Over the Music Industry

Even if you've tried, you probably haven't been able to avoid hearing about (or, shudder, actually listening to) the fascinating debacle that is a leaked clip of Britney Spears singing "Alien" sans auto-tuning. The wildly pitchy, breathy clip -- which sounds like a four-year-old crooning her favorite Disney hit -- has prompted the track's producer, William Orbit, to claim she was merely warming up her voice by making strange sounds into the microphone. Because everyone knows great singers get ready to cut tracks by warbling as crappily and off-key as they humanly can . . .

In any case, you almost have to feel bad for Brit-Brit. Yes, it's annoying that one of the biggest pop stars in the world clearly couldn't sing her way out of a paper bag -- especially considering there are untold really talented singers out there trying desperately to make it. But it's not exactly ...

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