As you've most likely seen by now, a non-autotuned version of Britney Spears singing Alien has hit the internet. Obviously this was never meant to be heard for obvious reasons, but cut the girl some slack.
Okay, so Britney Spears has had her ups and downs. People have doubted her talent for years, and she's mostly dubbed as an entertainer, not a singer, these days. So when a track of Britney singing her song Alien (click the link to hear a sample on Amazon) came out without autotune, people were all over it, myself included.
It seems like Britney's people are calling this a rehearsal track, and saying that you can't blame the girl for having some pitch issues as she practiced the song. Okay, yeah, I'm down with that. But when I listened to the song, it sounded pretty similar to the raw track, plus the autotune.
Here's the thing though - I wouldn't doubt that Britney's on so many medications at this time that she can barely hear herself sing. She's been through a lot in her life, and I don't doubt at all that she's being kept pretty medicated to keep her 'on track' with her tour and stuff. From what I've read, she just wants to retire but if the money's coming in, she's still working.
And, underneath what sounds like exhaustion and a cold, you can hear parts of the song where Britney can sing. Sure, some parts aren't awesome by a longshot, but some parts are okay. I don't think it's fair to say that Britney could never sing...and maybe because of autotune, she doesn't have to use the talent she does have.