Britney Spears’ autotune controversy has producer William Orbit wishing people would just forget about the unedited “Alien” leak that occurred the other week.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, the unedited version of the song “Alien” came off of Spears’ 2013 album, Britney Jean. While some people think the off key performance does not matter, others seemed shocked at how it sounded and seemed to think it was indictment of the entire music industry.
When Orbit first defended Britney Spears’ performance, or lack thereof, he first claimed the singer was merely warming up before doing the actual recording that was used in the final version:
“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 warm-ups. The point is that it is not supposed to be shared with millions of listeners.”
But that defense did little to persuade audiences that Britney Spears’ signing did not in fact stink. In his second post on Facebook, Orbit wrote:
“I never thought that this debate would be quite so heated. Autotune has always been a hot-button topic. Not as much as the issue of photoshopping in the fashion press. But more than say, the use of CGI, looping and stunt doubles in the movies…Regardless of the fun and games that we have with studio production, the main thing to keep in mind with Ms. Spears is that tens of millions (hundreds of millions?) of people enjoy the music. That’s pretty much the be-all and end-all of it. And charisma is charisma. No software ever invented can manufacture that.”
By Sunday the internet controversy had still not died down, so Orbit addressed the “Alien” leak yet again:
“Can go as far away from the topic in hand as the universe permits. Weeee! All artists are on the menu. But let’s have a temporary embargo on the words ‘Autotune’ and ‘Alien’ shall we. Hello? Hello? Anybody there? Hey, where’d u all go? (juuuuust kidding.)”
Essentially, Orbit is arguing that if Britney Spears’ autotune usage makes her bad, then practically every other popular singer should be equally criticized for their performances. He thinks it’s “completely inappropriate” to refer to this controversy as a con job on music listeners and points out that “nobody has ever been harmed by a Britney Spears record, unless a stack of them fell onto a CD factory worker.” Do you agree?