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Listen to Britney Spears sing without Auto-Tune Published: July 10, 2014

Britney Spears is not known for being a Maria Callas-style vocalist, or even for really singing live at all. But a leaked recording of an unedited vocal from her Britney Jean track "Alien" — which has gone viral over the past few days, and on which the pop star sounds like one of the strangled cats her old X Factor co-star Simon Cowell always complains about — is still pretty shocking, according to Yahoo Music.

While the audio certainly is toxic to the ears, the track's producer, electronic veteran William Orbit, has defended Spears, stressing that this is just a warm-up vocal, not an official studio take.

H/T: Yahoo
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