Earlier this week, Britney Spears moaned, “A lot of people think that I don’t sing live. Because I’m dancing so much I do have a little bit of playback, but there’s a mixture of my voice and the playback. It really pisses me off because I am busting my ass out there and singing at the same time and nobody ever really gives me credit for it.” Yesterday, Jezebel ran a long-form cultural history of lip-syncing that necessarily included an examination of Brit’s miming throughout her career. She does it, she does it a lot, and there’s ample evidence out there.
Sometimes she runs, sometimes she hides, sometimes she...sings live. Sometimes. The footage above is of her singing and growling her way through “Happy Birthday” both acapella and decidedly live at her show in Singapore hours ago, according to the Twitter user who uploaded it. This is live, she sounds good, she should do this more often. She’s not quite a woman of her word, but I guess she’s getting there.