There's a reason why everything Britney Spears has ever done has been autotuned, she simply isn't the greatest vocalist,as least not on her leaked 'Alien' studio recording. It's not being unkind, it's just true. But this is something we've known for years: yes Spears is pretty, yes she can dance, but it appears she can't sing terribly well.

Britney SpearsBritney Spears' studio recording was leaked online and it didn't go down well.

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Of course, this is old news for anyone who has stumbled across one of her performances on YouTube in which Spears doesn't use autotune or mime to a pre-recorded track. There are some particularly dreadful ones so it's definitely worth a look!

The speculation surrounding Spears' actual ability to sing was prompted by a leaked studio recording of the 32-year-old singing 'Alien' from her 2013 album Britney Jean.  It's really not good with Spears sounding as though she has a cold and she is unable to reach any of the high notes competently.  

The online response has been slightly cruel, albeit understandable. Twitter users have claimed they can sing better than Spears and other joked "we can all be singers now". Whilst others have attempted to defend her, claiming someone has deliberately "sabotaged" the 'Toxic' singer. 

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The response on Twitter has been less than kind.

Within the music industry, one producer has commented on the leaked recording and has defended Spears. As USA Today reports, British record producer and singer William Orbit, who has worked with the likes of Madonna and Blur, wrote a Facebook post expressing his irritation at the comments provoked by the leaked video. He claimed the recording was evidently from the early stages of a recording session and that any singer initially "can make a multitude of vocalisations in order to get warmed up." 

The 57-year-old further claimed Spears may have been helping out the sound engineers by singing anything so they had something with which to work and test against. Orbit finished his statement by praising Spears as being "magnificent" and "stellar."

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