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Britney Spears' non-autotuned 'Alien' leaked online, should be leaked back off

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Oops, she had it happen to her again: Pop superstar Britney Spears had one of her songs leaked online. But this time, it was a non-engineered track, a recording of the diva singing "Alien" from her latest album, Britney Jean. As you can imagine, it is making headlines not just because it was leaked, but because it's... well, pretty awful...

Huffington Post reported July 8 that Britney Spears' "Alien," which is the first song on her 2013 release Britney Jean, was leaked on July 2. But given its musical content, it would seem a good thing that it leaked later than sooner, because as it is, Britney Jean bowed on the Billboard 200 at No. 4, Britney Spears' worst performing album ever in the United States.

But William Orbit, the producer of "Alien," rose to Spears' defense.

"I'd like to affirm that ANY singer when first at the mic at the start of a long session can make a multitude of vocalisations in order to get warmed up," Orbit wrote in a statement posted to 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 warm-ups. The point is that it is not supposed to be shared with millions of listeners.

Orbit doesn't just stop with saying that it was all just a warm-up. He really sells it...

"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.'"

But this isn't the first time the world has heard the "Femme Fatale" singer without engineering...

And she just can't seem to get away from accusations of lip-synching her shows, even in the capital of facade, Las Vegas, where she is currently in residency. Sometimes she even forgets to lip-synch...

Still, Britney Spears is one of the world's greatest performers, not to mention recording artists. She's one of the top-selling female artists in history and has certified album sales in the U. S. of 34 million units.

At the end of the day, when one hears "Alien," one cringes. So... warm-up? Maybe.

But, then, some need a bit of enhancement. And some would have gotten nowhere without it.

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