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Britney Spears is the latest performer to get called out for her lip-synching -- and not just by her fans. It's become a matter of international affairs.
According to People.com, the Australian government has gotten involved in some upcoming concerts Britney is scheduled to play down there.
Virginia Judge, The Minister for Fair Trading in the Australian state that includes Sydney, has raised concerns that her constituents might be getting snowed if they are expecting a serious vocal performance.
"It is Britney's 'prerogative' to lip-sync," Minister Judge said in a government statement. "And it is my job to make sure consumers know what they are paying for up front."
As to the matter of "what they are paying," some tickets are said to be selling for upwards of $1,300. Judge is looking into ways she can do some quality assurance for Britney fans who are forking over such serious dough. One idea that's been floated: Require tickets to include a disclaimer stating that elements of the show are pre-recorded.
While we're not exactly defending Brit-Brit, we do recognize that there's more to a pop concert than the singing -- especially when that "singer" is Britney Spears, who is known as much (if not more) for her provocative dance moves as she is for her songs.
Ever since Milli Vanilli shocked the world by revealing they weren't the real voices behind their songs, lip-synching has been one of the most criticized elements of musical performance. Madonna had to deal with the ire of Elton John, who called Madge out for mouthing words during her concerts. And who can forget Ashlee Simpson-Wentz famously flubbing her Saturday Night Live performance because she was "singing to track"?
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