Britney Spears: The Outworldly Confusion of ‘Alien’ [Video]


By industry standards singer Britney Spears still has not been able to live down her most recent album, Britney Jean, Released in November of 2013, it seemed to bomb on impact, debuting at number four on the Billboard Top 100 album chart and falling off of the list only weeks after. It charted even lower in the United Kingdom and has been officially noted as being her worst selling album to date. One of the many issues with the album seemed to be the over processed vocals of certain tracks. One in particular, the album opener Alien, finds itself back under heavy scrutiny after an untouched demo version of the song hit the web earlier this week. Spears’ fans are still confused as to what went wrong and oddly enough, the producer is as well.

The story of Alien has seemed to haunt Spears and her fan base almost from the get-go. With lead production done by William Orbit, who has worked with many other artists including Madonna and Pink, the song was said to be a stand out on the Britney Jean album. However, when listeners first heard the completed version there was a noticeable “vocal glitch” midway into the second chorus.

According to Orbit, it was the fault of Black Eyed Peas front man,, who produced the entire Britney Jean album. Orbit claimed via his Facebook page that there was “a long story behind” the error; one that he would “love to tell” but he was choosing not to.

The demo that leaked on Monday was said to be one of many that was recorded while Spears’ warmed up. While her vocals are definitely not the strongest, the “glitch” is obviously not present, which loans more credibility that it was not the fault of Orbit. He spoke on the demo leak on Tuesday and stated he felt the people behind it were more about blasting Spears’ vocal ability than acknowledging the truth behind Alien.

“[Untouched demos are] not supposed to be shared with millions of listeners,” he stated in a recent Facebook post. “Whoever put this on the internet must have done so in a spirit of unkindness.”

Even if the song was meant to save anything related to the Britney Jean era, it might not have worked anyway. Although it was repeatedly teased by Spears’ record company, RCA, and even Britney herself (as seen during her E! Channel special, I Am Britney Jean), the planned release for Alien was seemingly cancelled after the less than “stellar” album sales. Only two singles, Work B*tch and Perfume, were made to carry the album through to success. Ultimately, that plan failed.

Months ago, album execs also brought forth more rumored single releases by ordering remixes for the T.I. assisted track, Tik Tik Boom, as well as the song Now That I’ve Found You, which appears on the deluxe version of Britney Jean. However, neither song was ever planned for radio release. Spears is currently on break from her Piece of Me residency show in Las Vegas. She is set to return in August.

By Jonathan Brown


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3 Responses to "Britney Spears: The Outworldly Confusion of ‘Alien’ [Video]"

  1. bradelenes   July 14, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Vegas Concert Sales!!!

  2. Jose Miguel   July 11, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    This girl is a performer above everything else, with little more to prove at this point having sold quite a few million records and probably more interested in having fun with her fans than competing for the best voice. With a package and a record selling history like hers, why not? People still adore her. Go Britney!!

    • Jonathan Brown   July 12, 2014 at 11:53 am

      And that’s exactly why “legends” like her fall off. They forget that fire they once had and rest on what they’ve done instead of pushing forth more originality and power that got them to that position in the first place.

      You don’t stop simply because you achieved a level of greatness; you go forward and keep showing why you’re worthy of the title. I love Britney just as much as anyone, but even her deepest fans will admit that “Britney Jean” was not her best work. I have followed her since 1999 and will continue to do so, but I also know that she can do much better than this.


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