Some 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.