A-7619-1171976168Some might recall this:

Betty Boo was a hot female pop star at the turn of the 1990s in the U.K. Her debut album, Boomania, went platinum, and she won the 1991 Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough Act.

But things took a turn for the worse while on tour in Australia the following year when she dropped her microphone on stage without missing a note.

A victim of the post-Milli Vanilli backlash against lip-synching, her second album reached a disappointing number 62 in the charts and her performing career was effectively over.

Is it so bad or is it shortchanging the audience who’ve paid to watch and listen? Consider this:

Beyonce is scheduled to perform live at the Super Bowl halftime show this Sunday. But after she admitted lip-syncing the National Anthem for President Obama’s inauguration, fans may be wondering whether she’s actually singing.

Lip syncing, by either mouthing the words or singing along to a prerecorded track, is part of many professional pop singers’ repertoires these days.

Well it shouldn’t be:

And don’t know if you noticed, if you sat through that, that apart from the Chinese girl at the end, every one of those artists and songs was the pits. Perhaps lipsyncing is all part of the great shortchanging push of our age in every sphere of activity.

3 comments for “Lipsyncing

  1. Moggsy
    April 25, 2013 at 08:12

    Interesting question. I guess I expect artists to be good enough to be able to produce something live that sounds a lot like their track.

    I go to several big live music events a year on average. I don’t just pay to see them live I pay to hear them live and I would feel ripped off if I didn’t get that, Otherwise I could just listen to their tracks that I already paid for.

    Bands and artists that can’t measure up to produced tracks just ought not to tour or do live performances. That would just be a rip-off

    I have never suspected any of the artists and bands I have seen live of “cheating”. They all adlib and interact with the crowd so much it would be difficult to imagine they actually could have been able to cheat.

    I can kind of understand why an artist on a carnival float might need to mime to a track, the difficulty of having aceptable sound in an uncontrolled environemnt with nearby noises from truck engines…

    It does annoy me when security or bar staff take the cap of your bottle of water, it makes it much more difficult to manage.

  2. April 25, 2013 at 10:55

    Long time since I went to a concert – had to have been in Russia. Same situation – don’t think he lip-synched, hope not.

  3. Amfortas
    April 25, 2013 at 14:10

    Those ‘artiste’ nonebrities must pay their crews a LOT. The opportunity for slipping on a Wiggles song for Beyonce must be great and the anticipation of glee for a ‘wronged’ roady almost uncontrollable. 🙂

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