Can Beyonce Sing Live?
Hounds howled, glass shattered, and thousands around the world stemmed the bleeding from their ears – no, Paris Hilton hasn’t released another album – we’re talking Beyonce singing live!
You may have heard the frightful rendition of ‘If I Were A Boy’ by Miss Fierce at a Today Show concert on cyber space over the last couple of days. The track, which allegedly features Beyonce singing live sans backing track back in November 2008, was originally aired on the Howard Stern radio show, and soon after, the internet was a-froth with those accusing Miss Jay Z of lip syncing and using a pre-recorded mic during her live performance. Apparently the people at home watching the Today Show got the in-tune version, while the soundboard got the version of B squealing like a banshee!
RockDaily.com reported that the alleged recording of Beyonce sounded more like a South African Screeching Monkey, than her alter ego Sasha Fierce. Ouch!
However, the tape of the diva has (thankfully) proven be a fake. TMZ confirmed the recording of Beyonce had been significantly doctored to make her sound like a tone-deaf alley cat.
Thank goodness! We wouldn’t want the Queen of R&B to have an Ashlee Simpson or Britney Spears lip-syncing controversy!
Beyonce isn’t the only musician to have been accused of altering her live sound. Spanish heartthrob Enrique Iglesias was accused of not being able to sing live back in 2006, so he dutifully went straight to his detractors at the Howard Stern Radio show to prove to the world otherwise. Unfortunately for him, the outcome of the live Enrique performance didn’t go, or sound to well.
As reported by Us Weekly, Matthew Knowles aka daddy and manager of Beyonce, wasn’t to happy with the fake recording and shot down its authenticity saying, ‘obviously altered.’
Matthew later claimed that anyone who believed the recording was the voice of his daughter was an ‘idiot’.
‘At 12 years into her career, the last thing someone should be questioning is her vocal ability. That would be like questioning if Kobe Bryant could shoot a jump shot,’ said daddy Knowles.
During a recent press junket in which B was promoting her latest movie ‘Obsessed’ she was asked if she had heard the recording. She answered no and also added that the supposed story around it ‘sounds ridiculous.’
But hark! Doth we see a coincidence of universal proportions? A couple of days into the fake recording mess, and Knowles is set to perform on The Today Show singing ‘Halo’.
We’re not so cynical to suggest the dodgy recording was from B’s camp to stir publicity, but B isn’t doing much to quash that theory.
Beyonce said, "Tonight, you can watch me sing live on David Letterman! It's perfect promotion, whoever came up with that idea."
The Beyonce voice distorter culprit Aladdin82, who later admitted his little stunt via a YouTube posting, said the joke had gone too far. “It’s a little bit crazy. No one in their right mind would sound like that, and no one would cheer for someone singing like that.”
True dat. Just ask Jessica Simpson !
And we sorely want to believe it, but the infamous celebrity blogger Perez Hilton seems to think differently, and granted, he has a point. He says,
“Reports have speculated the Stern clip was digitally modified to make Beyonce sound like garbage, but with the music still perfectly in tune we're not too sure if we believe it!!”
Beyonce isn’t too worried about the whole singing disaster. She’s too busy looking at other ways to spread the distribution of her glass- shattering vocals to Broadway.
She says, "I'll be able to go to the theatre every day and drop my kids off and maybe make some food, maybe I'll know how to cook by then, and then go do what I love and have some normalcy and have a regular schedule. I definitely want to do Broadway."