Britney Spears isn't the first—or the last—person to use auto-tune. What's the big deal?
That's the attitude producer William Orbit adopted after an unedited version of the song "Alien," off Spears' 2013 album Britney Jean, leaked online last week. He even defended her on Facebook—multiple times. When he first stood up for Spears, he wrote, "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." Spears has yet to address the controversy.
In his second post, Orbit wrote, "I never thought that this debate would be quite so heated."
"Autotune has always been a hot-button topic. Not as much as the issue of photoshopping in the fashion press. But more than say, the use of CGI, looping and stunt doubles in the movies...Regardless of the fun and games that we have with studio production, the main thing to keep in mind with Ms. Spears is that tens of millions (hundreds of millions?) of people enjoy the music. That's pretty much the be-all and end-all of it. And charisma is charisma," Orbit wrote. "No software ever invented can manufacture that."( miss american dreamCollapse )