Britney Spears returned to the stage for her Piece of Me show on Friday, August 15 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, but is being accused of lip-syncing by her fans.
Some of her fans are accusing her of lip-syncing to her song “Perfume” during the Las Vegas show. They thought they heard her singing Sia’s backup vocals.
Sia is best known for her hit song “Chandelier” and is credited as one of the writers of Britney Spears’ song “Perfume.” An acoustic version of the song was performed by Sia and uploaded to YouTube.
“If you listen closely to the performance video, you can make out some of Spears’ vocals under Sia’s more charactered voice,” Colin Stutz writes for Billboard. “That’s because, most likely, Spears uses Sia’s track as an in-monitor guide when she sings. Only this time it was put into the house mix, making for an embarrassing accident.”
Britney’s manager Adam Leber made a statement about her lip syncing, “To put on the show that she puts on, it’s virtually impossible to sing the entire time and do what she does. She’s singing on every song, basically, when she has the ability to sing. There’s no way you can dance for 90 minutes straight and sing the entire time.”
Last October, Britney Spears said she would be singing live at the Vegas shows during her residency.
“I’m definitely going to be singing live,” she told Chicago’s 103.5 KISS FM. “I always sing live. It doesn’t sound so great all the time, but I do my best.”
Last September, Britney’s manager Larry Rudolph elaborated on her efforts to sing live as much as possible, “No matter what anyone says, there’s not a single artist who goes out there and does full choreography and is singing without a vocal track underneath them at the same time,” he told Billboard.
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