Britney Spears officially launched her Las Vegas residency on Friday night, and music critics are pretty sure that she lip-synced the entire performance.
1. Britney Spears Wardrobe Malfunction
Britney Spears suffers a wardrobe malfunction in Las Vegas during her "Piece of Me" show. Check this out!
2. Britney Spears - Gimme More (Live)
An absolutely unforgettable Britney Spears live performance of "Gimme More" from 2007.
3. My Pu$$y is Hanging Out
Britney Spears leaving the stage for another wardbrobe change and not realizing mic. Listen around the 30-second mark.
4. Britney Spears Isolated Vocal Track
Britney Spears singing live in a vintage video making the rounds again this week. We have heard better.
5. Britney Spears Lip-Sync Video
Another classic Britney Spears lip sync video. Watch that headset come loose, and yet nothing changes.
6. Britney Lipsyncs (Again)
Britney Spears lip-syncing is not what you'd call a rare event. Here's another example from 2014.
7. Britney Spears-Pauly D Lap Dance
Britney Spears gyrates on top of Pauly D. Lap dance style. In concert. Wow.
8. Britney Spears, David Lucado on Stage
Britney Spears makes David Lucado her b-tch during her Las Vegas show.
9. Britney Spears - Toxic (Piece of Me Opening Night)
Britney Spears performs "Toxic" on the opening night of her Piece of Me Las Vegas residency.
10. Britney Spears - Circus (Piece of Me Opening Night)
Britney Spears performs "Circus" in her Piece of Me show opening night in Vegas.
11. Britney Spears - Work Bitch (Piece of Me Opening Night)
Britney Spears performs "Work Bitch" in her Piece of Me show opening night in Vegas.
12. Britney Spears, Psy on Ellen
Korean pop star and YouTube sensation Psy gave Britney Spears a surprise visit on Ellen, and taught her his famous horse dance.
13. Britney Spears' Family on Stage
Britney Spears is joined by her family on stage as she wraps up her Femme Fatale tour. Pretty cute.
14. Rihanna Ft. Britney Spears - S&M (Live)
Britney Spears and Rihanna steal the show at the Billboard Music Awards. Why? Watch the video here and see.
15. Britney Spears - Till The World Ends (Live in Vegas)
Britney Spears rocks the house in Vegas. Here's her doing "Till The World Ends" in a surprise, sort of impromptu concert.
16. Merry Christmas, Y'all (in March)!
Britney Spears' concerts never go by without incident. In this one, she proclaimed Merry Christmas to the crowd for reasons unknown.
This is not a surprise, as it's what Britney Spears does. But her manager, Larry Rudolph, previously stated that Spears would be singing live, claiming:
"There might be some numbers where she's full out dancing with a (vocal) track underneath her, but there won't be any lip-syncing across the board."
However, observers at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Sin City over the weekend said she was in fact lip-syncing across the board.
So maybe that's why Katy Perry was not impressed?
Excerpts from some reviews of her opening night:
Rolling Stone: "While the show's producers claim Spears is singing along with backing tracks of her own voice, there was little evidence Britney sang a live note."
L.A. Times: "The singer's presence felt so diminished - her dancing a tentative shadow of what it used to be, her vocals apparently lip-synced for the majority of the show."
Billboard: "The vast majority of the show was lip-synced; only occasionally were seemingly live vocals heard. There was a certain thrill in actually hearing Spears breathing into the mic - however infrequent."
USA Today: "These club-oriented tunes all require such different effects that her voice surely had to be run through computers to correspond with the tone of what was recorded in the studio."
That last one is more diplomatic, at least.
It isn't the first Britney Spears lip-syncing "expose" you will read. Nor will it be the last. Remember the isolated vocal track that leaked a few years ago?
The question is why anyone is surprised, or cares at this point. Lots of artists do it, and it's hardly a mystery or an art of deception on her part in 2013-14.
Britney Spears' actual singing has never been award-winning material, and anything after her 2007 meltdown should be viewed through a different lens.
She is what she is at this point.
Like many longtime fans, Miley Cyrus likes to grind to her music. People will pay to see her dance a lot during a sort of risque Vegas career retrospective.
Whether she sings live or not is not up for debate. She doesn't. Hardly at all, if at all. If you don't like the fact that she doesn't, then don't go see the show.
If you don't mind, just enjoy!