American pop star Britney Spears sang live during a tour stop in Singapore recently as she denied lip-sync allegations in her concerts.
Spears, who recently performed in Manila, surprised her fans when she belted out an a cappella version of “Happy Birthday” dedicated to one of her bodyguards.
“I have a really special friend tonight. He’s been with me – I’m gonna cry – for like five years. He’s one of my favorite people. His name is Jacob. Everyone, let’s sing ‘Happy Birthday’!” the pop superstar told the crowd.
Spears has been criticized for allegedly performing lip sync during her shows.
In Israel, where she also staged a concert recently, Spears told a reporter: “It’s really funny: A lot of people think I don’t sing live. … Because I’m dancing so much, I do have a little bit of playback, but there’s a mixture of my voice and the playback. It really pisses me off because I’m busting my ass out there and singing at the same time and nobody ever gives me credit for it, you know?”
In the online version of Billboard Magazine, it rounded up seven videos which showed Spears sang live – 1998 showcase in Singapore; “Baby One More Time” on “Donnie and Marie” (1999); “I’m Not A Girl Not Yet A Woman” (2002); “Shadow” (2004); “You Oughta Know” cover (2009); Carpool Karaoke with James Carden (2016); and “Oops! I Did it Again” (2016).