Lip syncing is what you do when you're more famous than talented. These are videos of celebrities, famous singers and "artists" being caught lip syncing at the worst possible times. (Of course, Ashlee Simpson is here.)
Technology is both a blessing and a curse for the music industry. On one hand, it has made it easier for people without money for studio time to create music out of their bedroom. Unfortunately there is also a dark side to it with the auto-tuning and even worse, lip syncing.
Lip syncing is when an artist, for whatever reason decides that they cannot actually sing in front of the audience that has come and paid for them to do just that, so they have a backing track play during the performance and they just mouth along to it, just like you do in your car -- only with dancing. (We're looking at you, Milli Vanilli.)
Now, there are some cases where lip syncing could be acceptable. First, if you are making a music video since there is no way to perform live and have it turn out sounding good. We'll even let it slide for those singers who actually dance *a lot* and perform in their acts like Michael Jackson, since there is no way, during their higher energy numbers, that they can possibly get enough breath to push out the song and they don’t want to disappoint their fans.
What singers have been caught lip syncing? The issue comes in when you are using the backing track just so you don’t have to do your job. It’s lazy and unprofessional. What’s even worse is when they do it poorly. The list below is the worst cases of lip syncing caught on tape and put on the web.
The video here really explains it all. Though I can't put too much blame on Little Miss Booty-Shaker, since she is working it hard for all the good people of Africa. I really do think that you can solve all the world's problems by showing them a well crafted Shakira video filled with booty shaking and wolf howls.
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This is a great example of an artist just being plain old lazy.
Not only has he determined that he doesn't want to spend the energy to actually sing at his own concert, but it seems that Eric Kupper couldn't even make the effort to do his own hyping. You will notice that he drops the mic right away, yet his voice seems to be magically broadcasting through the (incredibly) loud speakers.
His answer to the situation? Drink some vodka, walk off stage and leave the poor girl alone to sing "Everybody Dance Now" over and over than, eventually, return to stage and take off his shirt.Still, it's probably one of the best performances C+C had in decades. see more on C+C Music Factory
If there are any artists that I could possibly see it being okay for using backing tracks during performances, it would be the ones that are putting on an energetic show. So when Gaga does it... it's fine I guess, she should just be able to hit the mic at the appropriate times. There are two reasons why she has been placed on this list though.
First, this clip is from the Ellen show, not saying that in itself is a bad thing, but the fact that it is a clip where Ellen is promoting an upcoming performance and they choose to use one where Lady G is CLEARLY not singing since her voice is coming through when the mic is not anywhere near her mouth. I mean, why even hold a mic in the first place?
And secondly, Gaga has gone on record saying that she never has or will lip sync:It's really this point that puts her in this shame pile. Like I said, I get the need to have a background track playing when you are dancing and whatnot. It makes sense, but to go out there and blatantly lie about not doing it, c'mon man.
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I will be completely honest with you. I have no idea who these people are. All I know is that the guy is either a miraculously talented singer for being able to continue singing perfectly while taking a lengthy stage dive, or there are shenanigans involved. Shenanigans.