Seriously, it so incredibly horrifying. On the other hand, that little wannabe Mickey Mouse Club-member that died inside of us long ago now has new hope for the future. If she can do it, so can we. We always thought that Britney was one of the most inspiring pop stars of all time. Via Consequence of Sound:

An unedited vocal version of “Alien”, a track off Spears’ most recent album Britney Jean, has hit the web and unsurprisingly it’s a real hot mess. Fans are quick to be appalled and defensive (really?), while the song’s producer William Orbit has even spoken up to say that the leak isn’t a “final take”, but a “vocal warm-up”.

“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,” Orbit posted on his Facebook. “I’ve heard all manner of sounds emitted during warmups. The point is that it is not supposed to be shared with millions of listeners. 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’.”

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