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Over the weekend, video of Britney Spears singing live was captured during her Britney: Piece of Me concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. With a microphone in her hand, the 35-year-old diva went way off book, jabbed the media and then sang Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 hit “Something to Talk About.”
“It feels kind of illegal doing this with this mic in my hand, it feels so weird,” Spears told the audience after saying “testing, testing” a few times.
“I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, right? Ok. This morning I woke up, looked at the news and there are a lot of things going on in the world and stuff. Basically, the press and the media my whole life…. it’s really crazy because one minute they tear you down, and that’s really horrible, and then the next minute you’re on top of the world.”
Britney Spears went on, “But I’ve never really spoke about it. And, I’m a Southern girl. I am from Louisiana. I am from the South and I like to keep it real. So I just want to make sure I keep giving you motherfuckers something to talk about.”
Next, Spears sang a few minutes of Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 “Something to Talk About.” The song begins: “People are talkin’, talkin’ ’bout people/ I hear them whisper, you won’t believe it/ They think we’re lovers kept under covers/ I just ignore it, but they keep saying.”
Spears has been known to lip sync during all her live performances, especially earlier this year when video of her mic getting caught in her hair while her vocals remained perfect surfaced.
Shortly after, she shot down accusations that she lip-syncs during an interview with an Israeli television station prior to a July 3rd concert in Tel Aviv.
“A lot of people think that I don’t sing live,” Spears said. “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 am busting my ass out there and singing at the same time and nobody ever really gives me credit for it.”
Britney: Piece of Me continues through December 31, 2017 with 24 more scheduled shows.