Britney Spears' unedited track removed from YouTube

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An unedited version of Britney Spears' "Alien" leaked via YouTube on July 2 -- but was removed "due to a copyright claim by SME" on July 9.

Spears' recording was pretty bad, and the Internet fully acknowledged that.

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The track's producer, William Orbit, released a statement on Facebook defending the auto-tune-less song:

"I'd like to affirm that ANY singer when first at the mic at the start of a long session can make a multitude of vocalisations in order to get warmed up. 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. I’ve heard all manner of sounds emitted during warmups. The point is that it is not supposed to be shared with millions of listeners."

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