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Story goes that this entity is the most evil known out there and it seems to seek people of all ages that do not reblog this. The name non-tumblr users have already been killed and you’re next.
That is, if you reblog this, he’ll let you live. Now, do it. My friend Katy didn’t know how to reblog and within the hour, she died. I warned her but she didn’t

ok tumblr srsly i fucking hate you but that fucking picture ok i’ll reblog this

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this is just so i can sleep alright tonight…

I’m a lil bitch, ok??

This thing looks like thE CHOCOLATE LADy from spongebob

CHOCOLATE

I remember when they invented chocolate. 
I always hated it. 

theofficialariel:

hella-nick:

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izzayronii:

babytaeminlove:

hewasthedrummer:

lindseyway:

Story goes that this entity is the most evil known out there and it seems to seek people of all ages that do not reblog this. The name non-tumblr users have already been killed and you’re next.

That is, if you reblog this, he’ll let you live. Now, do it. My friend Katy didn’t know how to reblog and within the hour, she died. I warned her but she didn’t

ok tumblr srsly i fucking hate you but that fucking picture ok i’ll reblog this

fuckfuckfuckfuck

this is just so i can sleep alright tonight…

I’m a lil bitch, ok??

This thing looks like thE CHOCOLATE LADy from spongebob

CHOCOLATE

I remember when they invented chocolate. 

I always hated it. 

obsessedwithjustinandselena
mamacitaxgomez:

This is a blog post about the fact that Selena Marie Gomez is a great singer, whether people want to admit to it or not. So here is where I shall show you the things that prove that she’s a good singer, and that she enjoys doing it (and that she wasn’t just forced to do it or anything)! And, at the end, I even added a little bit of insight about the difference between lip syncing, using autotune, and using a backtrack because some people really do not understand the difference (and there is a difference!).
So, please! If anyone agrees to this, has anything to add, or disagrees with this and wants to tell me why they believe that any of my information is false, please respond to this by reblogging this and giving your answer on the reblog, making a post of your own (and tag me with it, message me about it, send me a submission, or send me a fanmail with the link!), messaging me, sending me a submission, or sending me a fanmail. I will check it out and, most likely, respond to you!
Autotune & Lip Syncing Dealio
The Fact That Selena CAN Sing
Links To Show You That Selena Gomez CAN, Indeed, Sing
Awards, Discography, Singles, Albums, Etc.
*The Difference Between Lip Syncing, Using Autotune, & Using a Backtrack*
1.) Autotune & Lip Syncing Dealio:
I like how people complain about Selena singing terribly live and then how they also say that she uses too much autotune and she lip syncs too much during concerts/performances. They’re really the opposites of each other.
Let me say this.
Selena doesn’t use autotune while she’s singing on stage and she doesn’t lipsync either. Sure, she lipsyncs in her music videos, but EVERY singer does, it isn’t just Selena so you can’t really hate on her for that. As for autotune, she does use autotune on her albums, just like most singers out there. When she’s performing live, though, it’s a completely different story. The reason she may not sound the best while she’s actually performing is because she’s dancing, singing, moving around, etc. AND SHE ISN’T LIP SYNCING NOR USING AUTOTUNE, lol.
The only reason it even sounds like she’s using autotune is because of the backtrack, her band, and background singers/dancers. They all sing the background lyrics and when Selena says something, they repeat it. Plus, microphones can echo the words if you know how to use them or you have them hooked up to the right machine and that isn’t really autotune. (By the way, just because you use a backtrack, it doesn’t mean that you’re lip syncing. It just means that you’re singing along, and you can tell that that is Selena’s case because you can hear her breathing while she’s singing and her voice doesn’t sound perfect and extremely full of autotune or anything.)
(There’s an answer to that by SelenaGCanMakeTheStarsDance)
2.) The Fact That Selena CAN Sing:
She doesn’t have the most powerful voice. She doesn’t always hit the right notes. Etc. But she doesn’t suck at singing, by any means!
When you’re singing, you can’t be perfect, especially when you’re singing live. Nobody’s perfect while they sing live, though!
Have you noticed that Selena’s never said that she’s the best singer out there? Have you noticed how she doesn’t usually, if ever, even say that she has a good voice? That’s because she’s not singing to be better than other people. She’s not singing to prove to people that she can. She’s singing to have fun, to follow her dreams, and to make the people who like her singing happy.
Let me say this. For all of the people who say that she uses autotune live, you are sadly mistaken. I have seen people who work in the autotune department say that she doesn’t use autotune/lip sync live. And my mom used to be in a couple of bands and she then went solo and she even produced a CD and we have gone to two Selena concerts, so far, and my mom says that she doesn’t use autotune and that she doesn’t lipsync, it’s actually her singing live.
When you’re singing, whether it be your own song or a cover of a song, you can change up the notes to make them lower or higher pitched and that is, in noway, against the law. If that’s what she wants to do, she can.
She tries to do well and that’s what should matter. If you don’t like her live singing, don’t look up her performances on youtube and don’t buy any concert tickets of hers. If you don’t like her album singing because of some autotune, change the radio channel whenever she’s on it and don’t buy, rip, and/or download her album. Don’t listen to her singing and viola! you’re fine and you aren’t listening to her singing. It’s as simple as that; it really is, no joke!
Now, let me also tell you this. She sings great live in acoustic covers when only a few people are around. She sings great in the studio when there aren’t too many people around too. How can that be? How can she sing wonderfully then but not as great at concerts (although she’s still really great!)? That can be because of a couple of reasons.
She’s nervous or shy! That can happen you know. (I’m not saying that this is true to her, because it may not be, but it is a possibility!) Just because somebody can act in front of tons of people, it doesn’t mean that they don’t get nervous when they sing. Because that’s how I am! Of course, when I do theatre I still get nervous and a bit shy, but it’s easier to me because I’M PLAYING A CHARACTER, I’m not being myself and I’m not showing off what I enjoy. When I sing in front of people, I can still do it, but I get nervous and a bit shaky and sweaty. That’s not because I can’t sing, it’s just because I get nervous and kind of embarrassed.
She hasn’t sang that song a lot. When she produces a new album or when it hasn’t come out yet and she goes on tour, that can be nerve-racking. And that’s the same as when she’s doing a cover! When you haven’t sang the song as much as you would have liked or you haven’t sang it live yet, at all, you need to focus on getting the lyrics right and continuing your singing and knowing where you are in the song. Although that isn’t something you do physically, like singing, it’s something you do mentally and using your brain can take up almost as much work, if not as much, as doing something physically.
Another thing, that I feel like adding into a paragraph or two by itself, is that she has to do sooo much more physically (and mentally) than just singing and that’s hard for any artist to do.
She has to dance.
She has to try not to fall.
She has to try to be graceful.
She has to remember her dance moves.
She has to remember the lyrics.
She has to try to look out to/at the audience.
She has to jump around.
She has to walk around.
She has to jog around.
She sometimes even has to run around.
She has to try to make her nervousness and butterflies go away.
She has to try to sing her best.
She has to try to not get a dry throat.
She has to try to stay in tune.
She has to try to live up to all of her expectations.
She has to try to sing loud enough to be heard in the stadium because of all of her screaming and singing fans (even through the microphone).
She has to high-five her fans.
She has to remember where she’s supposed to move.
She has to talk in between songs.
She has to try not to have a wardrobe malfunction.
She has to try not to do anything out of nervousness or shyness.
She has to hold her microphone.
She has to try not to drop her microphone (no matter how sweaty her hands may be).
She has to go along with her band and background singers, even if they mess up.
She has to know when to smile and when not to smile and then she has to smile or not smile when the time calls for it.
She has to make sure that she isn’t singing too fast.
She has to make sure that she isn’t singing too slow.
And there are plenty more things she has to do when she’s up on stage and performing.
Now… I dare you to try to do that. It’s really hard, if not impossible, isn’t it?
If you can’t get a stage to perform on in front of all of those people, invite some friends over and have your family be at home too. Get a few of the people to pretend to play the instruments (or actually play them) and get a few different people to be your background singers and dancers while you blast the radio, stereo, computer, or whatever else you have to listen to your music through. Then agree on a song and work out a dance together and figure out who “plays” what instrument and who sings what part of the song (oh, yeah, I forgot to say that it has to be the instrumental version, it can’t have anybody singing on the recording). Then perform it for the rest of the people who aren’t performing with you. Go up or down the stairs. Perform it on the balcony. Perform it somewhere that’s raised a bit higher than another part in the house. Do it in the backyard, in the front yard, in your house, or at somebody else’s house. Try to do all 27 of those things; PLUS anything else that you feel is necessary. Now, once you do that, tell me if it’s possible to do it. Tell me how good you are. Maybe even get the people in the “audience” to audio record you, get pictures, and video tape you. Then you can post it on tumblr or youtube and show off how good, or bad, you are.
(I’m not saying that you’ll suck at it because, who knows?, maybe you’ll do great and be absolutely amazing and then you’ll get to go on an actual tour! But, chances are, you won’t be able to. And I’m in that boat with you so don’t think that you’re alone. And if you find this rude, don’t listen to me and have fun and just ignore me. That’s cool too.)
Also, my mom (who, need I remind you?, was in a couple of bands, sang solo, and put out an album) said that she thinks that Selena does great live. I think that that’s a huge accomplishment! And Justin Bieber, Ellen Page, Ashley Benson, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Blake Michael, Ariana Grande, Phoebe Tonkin, Austin Mahone, Bella Thorne, Quvenzhane’ Wallis, A.B. Quintanilla, Debby Ryan, Savannah Outen, Tiffany Thornton, David Henrie, Jennette McCurdy, Jason Derulo, Jessie J, Bridget Mendler, Sia Furler, Gabrielle Douglas, Lady Gaga, Joel Madden, Nicole Richie, Shakira, Katie Cassidy, Ally Maki, Colton Haynes, Sophia Bush, Joe Jonas, All Star Weekend, Max Ehrich, Alexandra Raisman, and Demi Lovato have all complimented Selena on her singing/music so what haters have to say is invalid.
(There’s an answer to this by MissANeesa: http://missaneesa.tumblr.com/post/52257493428/selena-can-sing)
3.) Links To Show You That Selena Gomez CAN, Indeed, Sing:
Please note that none of these are repeats, I made sure of that. Some of them may have the same name, but that’s only because they’re the same song or the same type of video. They are different versions of it/they are of different times that she sings them.
Live & Acapella: http://perezhilton.com/2010-03-30-selena-gomez-sings-live-acapella-and#sthash.hfjkYLPW.dpbs
Proof That Selena Can Sing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0m0-KhclvY8
Selena Can Sing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF4O3bPFDKo
More Proof That Selena Can Sing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEOAKE0UIAo
Proof That Sel Can Sing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4vT9Yb3emU
Best Covers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYbdrKpFD3s
Acoustic Performance Of Who Says: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_gsLkxv5VI
Acoustic Performance Of Round & Round: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii-wyJWQ65c
Acoustic Performance Of A Year Without Rain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bM1w_E-ggTE
Proof That Sel Can Sing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHnV3xC6ZZA
Proof That Selena Can Sing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cILuY8VzQmM
Proof That Selly G Can Sing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAQXxcb19xg
Proof That Selena Gomez Can Sing:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnfZwuE7nzg
Proof That Selena Can Sing (2013): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbTJlVDjLNQ
Best Vocals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdxZV__ywMo
Acoustic Version Of Ho Hey: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHvBsg8DGDo
Acoustic Version Of Hit The Lights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYVDLtNO9O8
Acoustic Version Of Who Says: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzJUV7DUvHk
Acoustic Version Of Love You Like A Love Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-08vTvuyYk
Acoustic Version Of I Knew You Were Trouble: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGqxpBRcvyQ
Acoustic Version Of Round & Round: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b24JFzeVLoA
Concert Version Of Love Will Remember: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoxMekDKErA
Concert Version Of Naturally, Round & Round, & Off The Chain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aQkgfkRBJw
Sick Of You In The Studio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW5yIYOKsXI
Off The Chain In The Studio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVzfBs9caJc
Acoustic Version Of Cry Me A River: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQfag-1VD3U
Concert Version Of A Year Without Rain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMvGv_kqFuo
Acapella: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkMrKMrZm0I
Hit Me Baby One More Time By The Girls Of Spring Breakers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMYLRYgUfbM
Proof That She Can Sing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao1ZzP5QYhU
Proof That Selena Gomez CAN Sing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8VUPKdsZ6c
Acoustic Version Of Who Says: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=895RYSQrNVA
Acoustic Version Of Naturally: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u70hyRVVYg
Acoustic Version Of Tell Me Something I Don’t Know: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmgGGzqySrY
Acoustic Version Of Off The Chain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Maqd3KJRE0I
Concert Version Of Falling Down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo96e8kVKqQ
Acoustic Version Of Intuition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2z-xqgTzz8
Soundcheck Version Of Live Like There’s No Tomorrow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhQXdtvrxXw
Soundcheck Version Of Intuition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHGH7SEPZOA
Concert Version Of The Way I Loved You: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlSqwkptPDM
Concert Version Of I Won’t Apologize: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_DXhfxWeoA
Concert Version Of A Year Without Rain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NsghUTbaSM
Concert Version Of Rock God: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrsnhUTxSv0
Concert Version Of Round & Round: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJPj9GNCW2o
Concert Version Of Who Says: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhRe7GJSyng
Concert Version Of Price Tag: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-wKXhbwGIw
Acoustic Version Of Dream: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaqZdgHbz_I
Concert Version Of Intuition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaqZdgHbz_Iatch?v=kJds0wSJpDA
Acoustic Version Of Hit Me Baby One More Time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2HVAZzonc
I’m sure that there are lots of other videos that just go to prove that sings well live so if you wanna search for more, be my guest!
4.) Awards, Discography, Singles, Albums, Etc.
These are the awards:
ALMA Award | Favorite Female Music Artist | 2011 | Nominated
Billboard Mid-Year Music Awards | (Come & Get It) Best Music Video | 2013 | Nominated
Capricho Awards | (Come & Get It) Best Video | 2013 | Nominated
J-14 Teen Icon Awards | Iconic Triple Threat | 2011 | Won
J-14 Teen Icon Awards | Iconic Female Singer | 2013 | Nominated
J-14 Teen Icon Awards | (Come & Get It) Iconic Song | 2013 | Nominated
J-14 Teen Icon Awards | (Slow Down) Iconic Music Video | 2013 | Nominated
Kids Choice Awards (Australia) | Favorite Female Singer | 2014 | Won
Kids Choice Awards (Mexico) | Favorite International Singer | 2012 | Nominated
Kids Choice Awards (United Kingdom) | Favorite Female Singer | 2014 | Won
Kids Choice Awards (United States Of America) | Favorite Female Singer | 2011 | Nominated
Kids Choice Awards (United States Of America) | Favorite Female Singer | 2012 | Won
Kids Choice Awards (United States Of America) | Favorite Female Singer | 2014 | Won
MTV Music Video Awards | (Love You Like A Love Song) Best Female Video | 2012 | Nominated
MTV Music Video Awards | (Come & Get It) Best Pop Video | 2013 | Won
MTV Music Video Awards | (Come & Get It) Best Song Of The Summer | 2013 | Nominated
NewNowNext Awards | Triple Play Award | 2013 | Won
O Music Awards | Best Artist With A Cameraphone | 2013 | Won
People’s Choice Awards | (Selena Gomez & The Scene) Favorite Breakout Artist | 2011 | Won
People’s Choice Awards | Favorite Female Artist | 2014 | Nominated
Teen Choice Awards | (Hit The Lights) Choice Single: Group 2011 | Nominated
Teen Choice Awards | (Come & Get It) Choice Breakup Song | 2013 | Won
Teen Choice Awards | (Come & Get It) Choice Single: Female Artist | 2013 | Nominated
Teen Choice Awards | Choice Music: Female Artist | 2013 | Nominated
Teen Choice Awards | Summer Music Star: Female | 2013 | Won
Young Hollywood Awards | (Stars Dance) Fan Favorite Album | 2013 | Won
Young Hollywood Awards | (Stars Dance Tour) Most Anticipated Tour | 2013 | Won
YouTube Music Awards | (Come & Get It) Video Of The Year | 2013 | Nominated
Radio Disney Music Awards | Best Female Artist | 2013 | Won
Radio Disney Music Awards | (Come & Get It) Song Of The Year | 2014 | PENDING
Radio Disney Music Awards | Radio Disney’s Most Talked About Artist | 2014 | PENDING
Radio Disney Music Awards | (Birthday) Best Song To Dance To | 2014 | PENDING
World Music Awards | World’s Best Live Act | 2013 | PENDING
World Music Awards | World’s Best Female Artist | 2013 | PENDING
World Music Awards | (Come & Get It) World’s Best Video | 2013 | PENDING
World Music Awards | World’s Best Entertainer Of The Year | 2013 | PENDING
World Music Awards | (Come & Get It) World’s Best Song | 2013 | PENDING
World Music Awards | (Slow Down) World’s Best Song | 2013 | PENDING
Billboard Magazine | Billboard’s Hottest Music Stars Under 21 | 2010 | #3
Billboard Magazine | Billboard’s Hottest Music Stars Under 21 | 2011 | #3
Billboard Magazine | Billboard’s Hottest Music Stars Under 21 | 2012 | #6
Billboard Magazine | Billboard’s Year- End Top Artists | 2013 | #27
Kiss & Tell (Album):
Peak Chart Positions - US = 9 | AUT = 4 | BEL = 22 | CAN = 22 | GER = 19 | IRE = 17 | NZ = 21 | UK = 12
Sales - US = 930,000
Certifications - RIAA = Gold | CRIA = Gold
A Year Without Rain (Album):
Peak Chart Positions - US = 4 | AUS = 48 | AUT = 19 | BEL = 11 | CAN = 6 | GER = 22 | IRE = 40 | NZ = 24 | UK = 14
Sales - US = 820,000
Certifications - RIAA = Gold | CRIA = Gold
When The Sun Goes Down (Album):
Peak Chart Positions - US = 3 | AUS = 24 | AUT = 40 | BEL = 30 | CAN = 2 | GER = 20 | IRE = 13 | NZ = 8 | UK = 15
Sales - US = 850,000
Certifications - RIAA = Gold | CRIA = Platinum
Stars Dance (Album):
Peak Chart Positions - US = 1 | AUS = 8 | AUT = 6 | CAN = 1 | FRA = 8 | IRE = 9 | NL = 10 | NOR = 1 | NZ = 5 | UK = 14
Sales - US = 37,000
Certifications - MC = Gold
Falling Down (Single):
Peak Chart Positions - US = 82 | CAN = 69
Naturally (Single):
Peak Chart Positions - US = 29 | AUS = 46 | AUT = 37 | BEL = 7 | CAN = 18 | GER = 14 | IRE = 7 | NZ = 20 | SWE = 56 | UK = 7
Certifications - RIAA = 3x Platinum | CRIA = Platinum
Round & Round (Single):
Peak Chart Positions - US = 24 | AUS = 80 | AUT = 62 | BEL = 69 | CAN = 51 | GER = 52 | IRE = 44 | UK = 47
Certifications - RIAA = Platinum
A Year Without Rain (Single):
Peak Chart Positions - US = 35 | AUS = 78 | BEL = 53 | CAN = 30 | GER = 56 | UK = 78
Certifications - RIAA = 2x Platinum | ARIA = Gold
Who Says (Single):
Peak Chart Positions - US = 21 | AUS = 57 | AUT = 62 | BEL = 58 | CAN = 17 | GER = 44 | IRE = 36 | NZ = 15 | UK = 51
Certifications - RIAA = 3x Platinum | ARIA = Gold
Love You Like A Love Song (Single):
Peak Chart Positions - US = 22 | AUS = 48 | BEL = 15 | CAN = 10 | GER = 44 | IRE = 36 | NZ = 21 | SWE = 41 | UK = 58
Certifications - RIAA = 4x Platinum | ARIA = Gold | IFPI CHI = Gold
Hit The Lights (Single):
Peak Chart Positions - BEL = 61 | CAN = 55
Certifications - RIAA = Platinum
Bang Bang Bang (Single):
Peak Chart Positions - US = 94 | CAN = 96
Come & Get It (Single):
Peak Chart Positions - US = 6 | AUS = 47 | AUT = 53 | CAN = 6 | FRA = 34 | IRE = 6 | NOR = 26 | NL = 84 | NZ = 14 | UK = 8
Certifications - RIAA = 3x Platinum | ARIA = Gold | IFPI NOR = Platinum | MC = 2x Platinum | RIANZ = Gold
Slow Down (Single):
Peak Chart Positions - US = 27 | AUS = 91 | AUT = 71 | CAN = 29 | FRA = 31 | IRE = 98 | UK = 106
Certifications - RIAA = Platinum
Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (Single):
Peak Chart Positions - US = 58
Magic (Single):
Peak Chart Positions - US = 61 | CAN = 80 | NOR = 5
Send It On (Single):
Peak Chart Positions - US = 20
One & The Same (Charted):
Peak Chart Positions - US = 82
Stars Dance (Charted):
Peak Chart Positions - FRA= 102
*The Difference Between Lip Syncing, Using Autotune, & Using a Backtrack*:
Here I am not going to get into whether or not Selena lip syncs, I’ve already put my opinion on that. Instead, I am going to educate everyone on the differences between those three things.
Lip Syncing: It is to “move the lips silently in synchronization with a recorded soundtrack.”Autotune: It is “a device or facility for tuning something automatically, esp. a piece of computer software that enables the correction of an out-of-tune vocal performance.”That means that this is what USING autotune is.Using Autotune: It is to use a device or a facility for tuning something (in this case, a singer’s voice) automatically.Using A Backtrack: It is to “pursue, trace, or monitor” one’s voice.
It isn’t necessarily that people get lip syncing, using autotune, and using a backtrack mixed up when you’re just generally talking about them. Usually when people get them mixed up, it has to do whenever they’re listening to/talking about someone perform “live”.
You don’t use autotune when you’re singing live. The backtrack is usually a recording of the actual, processed song (which would appear on the album); although it could also just be a recording of the singer singing while sitting down and secluded from a huge crowd of fans, so that being said, the backtrack uses autotune. But using autotune on the backtrack does not really mean that the artist is using autotune while singing.
Lip syncing is only when the person actually mouths the words without having any sound come out of his or her mouth. Sure, they breathe, but they don’t sing, they don’t talk, etc.
As for using a backtrack… Just because a singer/band may use a backtrack, that doesn’t mean that they’re automatically lip syncing! It just means that they could lip sync, or that they’re just using it to help them. Because when an artist uses a backtrack, sure, it could be for lip syncing, but some stars do another thing. They use the backtrack to remind them where they are if they mess up, where to skip to when they’re going to restart, how their voice is supposed to be pitched, what octave they’re supposed to hit, what note they’re supposed to play, what chord they’re supposed to strum, etc. It’s more of a guidance toward them than it is to have the fans only hear their processed voice, rather than their actual singing.
My mom knows how to sing, how to tell if someone’s singing live at a concert or if they’re lip syncing, etc.
So I asked her this question: “Would you consider it to be lip syncing if the singer had a backtrack but still sang?”
Her response was this: “No, lip syncing is only if the voice was already recorded and the person was just pretending to sing. What you’re talking about is considered either karaoke or singing a recorded track (which sounds less corny than karaoke).”
She also responded with this, “Oh, but if you mean a backtrack of the actual singing, but sang over it also, that would be singing along with the recording.”
I also asked her another question, about whether she would consider it cheating for a singer to do that, at least in her opinion.
This was her response: “I don’t know, I know that a LOT of singers do that, way more than we probably realize. For me, as long as the singer’s actual live voice can be heard, it’s better than just lip syncing. One way people get around it is by having backup singers on stage sing the tune with them, so it makes their voice sound stronger… I really prefer to hear live singing in concert, even if they make mistakes, rather than have it sound just like the CD because it’s been recorded already.”
These answers may not be particularly clear, but I feel as if they’ve helped me with determining some of these things.
So as I hope y’all can tell now, there is a difference between lip syncing, using autotune, and using a backtrack.

mamacitaxgomez:

This is a blog post about the fact that Selena Marie Gomez is a great singer, whether people want to admit to it or not. So here is where I shall show you the things that prove that she’s a good singer, and that she enjoys doing it (and that she wasn’t just forced to do it or anything)! And, at the end, I even added a little bit of insight about the difference between lip syncing, using autotune, and using a backtrack because some people really do not understand the difference (and there is a difference!).

So, please! If anyone agrees to this, has anything to add, or disagrees with this and wants to tell me why they believe that any of my information is false, please respond to this by reblogging this and giving your answer on the reblog, making a post of your own (and tag me with it, message me about it, send me a submission, or send me a fanmail with the link!), messaging me, sending me a submission, or sending me a fanmail. I will check it out and, most likely, respond to you!

  1. Autotune & Lip Syncing Dealio
  2. The Fact That Selena CAN Sing
  3. Links To Show You That Selena Gomez CAN, Indeed, Sing
  4. Awards, Discography, Singles, Albums, Etc.
  5. *The Difference Between Lip Syncing, Using Autotune, & Using a Backtrack*

1.) Autotune & Lip Syncing Dealio:

I like how people complain about Selena singing terribly live and then how they also say that she uses too much autotune and she lip syncs too much during concerts/performances. They’re really the opposites of each other.

Let me say this.

Selena doesn’t use autotune while she’s singing on stage and she doesn’t lipsync either. Sure, she lipsyncs in her music videos, but EVERY singer does, it isn’t just Selena so you can’t really hate on her for that. As for autotune, she does use autotune on her albums, just like most singers out there. When she’s performing live, though, it’s a completely different story. The reason she may not sound the best while she’s actually performing is because she’s dancing, singing, moving around, etc. AND SHE ISN’T LIP SYNCING NOR USING AUTOTUNE, lol.

The only reason it even sounds like she’s using autotune is because of the backtrack, her band, and background singers/dancers. They all sing the background lyrics and when Selena says something, they repeat it. Plus, microphones can echo the words if you know how to use them or you have them hooked up to the right machine and that isn’t really autotune. (By the way, just because you use a backtrack, it doesn’t mean that you’re lip syncing. It just means that you’re singing along, and you can tell that that is Selena’s case because you can hear her breathing while she’s singing and her voice doesn’t sound perfect and extremely full of autotune or anything.)

(There’s an answer to that by SelenaGCanMakeTheStarsDance)

2.) The Fact That Selena CAN Sing:

She doesn’t have the most powerful voice. She doesn’t always hit the right notes. Etc. But she doesn’t suck at singing, by any means!

When you’re singing, you can’t be perfect, especially when you’re singing live. Nobody’s perfect while they sing live, though!

Have you noticed that Selena’s never said that she’s the best singer out there? Have you noticed how she doesn’t usually, if ever, even say that she has a good voice? That’s because she’s not singing to be better than other people. She’s not singing to prove to people that she can. She’s singing to have fun, to follow her dreams, and to make the people who like her singing happy.

Let me say this. For all of the people who say that she uses autotune live, you are sadly mistaken. I have seen people who work in the autotune department say that she doesn’t use autotune/lip sync live. And my mom used to be in a couple of bands and she then went solo and she even produced a CD and we have gone to two Selena concerts, so far, and my mom says that she doesn’t use autotune and that she doesn’t lipsync, it’s actually her singing live.

When you’re singing, whether it be your own song or a cover of a song, you can change up the notes to make them lower or higher pitched and that is, in noway, against the law. If that’s what she wants to do, she can.

She tries to do well and that’s what should matter. If you don’t like her live singing, don’t look up her performances on youtube and don’t buy any concert tickets of hers. If you don’t like her album singing because of some autotune, change the radio channel whenever she’s on it and don’t buy, rip, and/or download her album. Don’t listen to her singing and viola! you’re fine and you aren’t listening to her singing. It’s as simple as that; it really is, no joke!

Now, let me also tell you this. She sings great live in acoustic covers when only a few people are around. She sings great in the studio when there aren’t too many people around too. How can that be? How can she sing wonderfully then but not as great at concerts (although she’s still really great!)? That can be because of a couple of reasons.

  1. She’s nervous or shy! That can happen you know. (I’m not saying that this is true to her, because it may not be, but it is a possibility!) Just because somebody can act in front of tons of people, it doesn’t mean that they don’t get nervous when they sing. Because that’s how I am! Of course, when I do theatre I still get nervous and a bit shy, but it’s easier to me because I’M PLAYING A CHARACTER, I’m not being myself and I’m not showing off what I enjoy. When I sing in front of people, I can still do it, but I get nervous and a bit shaky and sweaty. That’s not because I can’t sing, it’s just because I get nervous and kind of embarrassed.
  2. She hasn’t sang that song a lot. When she produces a new album or when it hasn’t come out yet and she goes on tour, that can be nerve-racking. And that’s the same as when she’s doing a cover! When you haven’t sang the song as much as you would have liked or you haven’t sang it live yet, at all, you need to focus on getting the lyrics right and continuing your singing and knowing where you are in the song. Although that isn’t something you do physically, like singing, it’s something you do mentally and using your brain can take up almost as much work, if not as much, as doing something physically.

Another thing, that I feel like adding into a paragraph or two by itself, is that she has to do sooo much more physically (and mentally) than just singing and that’s hard for any artist to do.

  1. She has to dance.
  2. She has to try not to fall.
  3. She has to try to be graceful.
  4. She has to remember her dance moves.
  5. She has to remember the lyrics.
  6. She has to try to look out to/at the audience.
  7. She has to jump around.
  8. She has to walk around.
  9. She has to jog around.
  10. She sometimes even has to run around.
  11. She has to try to make her nervousness and butterflies go away.
  12. She has to try to sing her best.
  13. She has to try to not get a dry throat.
  14. She has to try to stay in tune.
  15. She has to try to live up to all of her expectations.
  16. She has to try to sing loud enough to be heard in the stadium because of all of her screaming and singing fans (even through the microphone).
  17. She has to high-five her fans.
  18. She has to remember where she’s supposed to move.
  19. She has to talk in between songs.
  20. She has to try not to have a wardrobe malfunction.
  21. She has to try not to do anything out of nervousness or shyness.
  22. She has to hold her microphone.
  23. She has to try not to drop her microphone (no matter how sweaty her hands may be).
  24. She has to go along with her band and background singers, even if they mess up.
  25. She has to know when to smile and when not to smile and then she has to smile or not smile when the time calls for it.
  26. She has to make sure that she isn’t singing too fast.
  27. She has to make sure that she isn’t singing too slow.
  28. And there are plenty more things she has to do when she’s up on stage and performing.

Now… I dare you to try to do that. It’s really hard, if not impossible, isn’t it?

If you can’t get a stage to perform on in front of all of those people, invite some friends over and have your family be at home too. Get a few of the people to pretend to play the instruments (or actually play them) and get a few different people to be your background singers and dancers while you blast the radio, stereo, computer, or whatever else you have to listen to your music through. Then agree on a song and work out a dance together and figure out who “plays” what instrument and who sings what part of the song (oh, yeah, I forgot to say that it has to be the instrumental version, it can’t have anybody singing on the recording). Then perform it for the rest of the people who aren’t performing with you. Go up or down the stairs. Perform it on the balcony. Perform it somewhere that’s raised a bit higher than another part in the house. Do it in the backyard, in the front yard, in your house, or at somebody else’s house. Try to do all 27 of those things; PLUS anything else that you feel is necessary. Now, once you do that, tell me if it’s possible to do it. Tell me how good you are. Maybe even get the people in the “audience” to audio record you, get pictures, and video tape you. Then you can post it on tumblr or youtube and show off how good, or bad, you are.

(I’m not saying that you’ll suck at it because, who knows?, maybe you’ll do great and be absolutely amazing and then you’ll get to go on an actual tour! But, chances are, you won’t be able to. And I’m in that boat with you so don’t think that you’re alone. And if you find this rude, don’t listen to me and have fun and just ignore me. That’s cool too.)

Also, my mom (who, need I remind you?, was in a couple of bands, sang solo, and put out an album) said that she thinks that Selena does great live. I think that that’s a huge accomplishment! And Justin Bieber, Ellen Page, Ashley Benson, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Blake Michael, Ariana Grande, Phoebe Tonkin, Austin Mahone, Bella Thorne, Quvenzhane’ Wallis, A.B. Quintanilla, Debby Ryan, Savannah Outen, Tiffany Thornton, David Henrie, Jennette McCurdy, Jason Derulo, Jessie J, Bridget Mendler, Sia Furler, Gabrielle Douglas, Lady Gaga, Joel Madden, Nicole Richie, Shakira, Katie Cassidy, Ally Maki, Colton Haynes, Sophia Bush, Joe Jonas, All Star Weekend, Max Ehrich, Alexandra Raisman, and Demi Lovato have all complimented Selena on her singing/music so what haters have to say is invalid.

(There’s an answer to this by MissANeesa: http://missaneesa.tumblr.com/post/52257493428/selena-can-sing)

3.) Links To Show You That Selena Gomez CAN, Indeed, Sing:

Please note that none of these are repeats, I made sure of that. Some of them may have the same name, but that’s only because they’re the same song or the same type of video. They are different versions of it/they are of different times that she sings them.

Live & Acapella: http://perezhilton.com/2010-03-30-selena-gomez-sings-live-acapella-and#sthash.hfjkYLPW.dpbs

Proof That Selena Can Sing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0m0-KhclvY8

Selena Can Sing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF4O3bPFDKo

More Proof That Selena Can Sing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEOAKE0UIAo

Proof That Sel Can Sing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4vT9Yb3emU

Best Covers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYbdrKpFD3s

Acoustic Performance Of Who Says: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_gsLkxv5VI

Acoustic Performance Of Round & Round: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii-wyJWQ65c

Acoustic Performance Of A Year Without Rain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bM1w_E-ggTE

Proof That Sel Can Sing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHnV3xC6ZZA

Proof That Selena Can Sing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cILuY8VzQmM

Proof That Selly G Can Sing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAQXxcb19xg

Proof That Selena Gomez Can Sing:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnfZwuE7nzg

Proof That Selena Can Sing (2013): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbTJlVDjLNQ

Best Vocals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdxZV__ywMo

Acoustic Version Of Ho Hey: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHvBsg8DGDo

Acoustic Version Of Hit The Lights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYVDLtNO9O8

Acoustic Version Of Who Says: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzJUV7DUvHk

Acoustic Version Of Love You Like A Love Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-08vTvuyYk

Acoustic Version Of I Knew You Were Trouble: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGqxpBRcvyQ

Acoustic Version Of Round & Round: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b24JFzeVLoA

Concert Version Of Love Will Remember: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoxMekDKErA

Concert Version Of Naturally, Round & Round, & Off The Chain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aQkgfkRBJw

Sick Of You In The Studio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW5yIYOKsXI

Off The Chain In The Studio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVzfBs9caJc

Acoustic Version Of Cry Me A River: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQfag-1VD3U

Concert Version Of A Year Without Rain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMvGv_kqFuo

Acapella: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkMrKMrZm0I

Hit Me Baby One More Time By The Girls Of Spring Breakers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMYLRYgUfbM

Proof That She Can Sing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao1ZzP5QYhU

Proof That Selena Gomez CAN Sing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8VUPKdsZ6c

Acoustic Version Of Who Says: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=895RYSQrNVA

Acoustic Version Of Naturally: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u70hyRVVYg

Acoustic Version Of Tell Me Something I Don’t Know: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmgGGzqySrY

Acoustic Version Of Off The Chain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Maqd3KJRE0I

Concert Version Of Falling Down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo96e8kVKqQ

Acoustic Version Of Intuition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2z-xqgTzz8

Soundcheck Version Of Live Like There’s No Tomorrow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhQXdtvrxXw

Soundcheck Version Of Intuition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHGH7SEPZOA

Concert Version Of The Way I Loved You: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlSqwkptPDM

Concert Version Of I Won’t Apologize: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_DXhfxWeoA

Concert Version Of A Year Without Rain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NsghUTbaSM

Concert Version Of Rock God: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrsnhUTxSv0

Concert Version Of Round & Round: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJPj9GNCW2o

Concert Version Of Who Says: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhRe7GJSyng

Concert Version Of Price Tag: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-wKXhbwGIw

Acoustic Version Of Dream: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaqZdgHbz_I

Concert Version Of Intuition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaqZdgHbz_Iatch?v=kJds0wSJpDA

Acoustic Version Of Hit Me Baby One More Time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2HVAZzonc

I’m sure that there are lots of other videos that just go to prove that sings well live so if you wanna search for more, be my guest!

4.) Awards, Discography, Singles, Albums, Etc.

These are the awards:

  • ALMA Award | Favorite Female Music Artist | 2011 | Nominated
  • Billboard Mid-Year Music Awards | (Come & Get It) Best Music Video | 2013 | Nominated
  • Capricho Awards | (Come & Get It) Best Video | 2013 | Nominated
  • J-14 Teen Icon Awards | Iconic Triple Threat | 2011 | Won
  • J-14 Teen Icon Awards | Iconic Female Singer | 2013 | Nominated
  • J-14 Teen Icon Awards | (Come & Get It) Iconic Song | 2013 | Nominated
  • J-14 Teen Icon Awards | (Slow Down) Iconic Music Video | 2013 | Nominated
  • Kids Choice Awards (Australia) | Favorite Female Singer | 2014 | Won
  • Kids Choice Awards (Mexico) | Favorite International Singer | 2012 | Nominated
  • Kids Choice Awards (United Kingdom) | Favorite Female Singer | 2014 | Won
  • Kids Choice Awards (United States Of America) | Favorite Female Singer | 2011 | Nominated
  • Kids Choice Awards (United States Of America) | Favorite Female Singer | 2012 | Won
  • Kids Choice Awards (United States Of America) | Favorite Female Singer | 2014 | Won
  • MTV Music Video Awards | (Love You Like A Love Song) Best Female Video | 2012 | Nominated
  • MTV Music Video Awards | (Come & Get It) Best Pop Video | 2013 | Won
  • MTV Music Video Awards | (Come & Get It) Best Song Of The Summer | 2013 | Nominated
  • NewNowNext Awards | Triple Play Award | 2013 | Won
  • O Music Awards | Best Artist With A Cameraphone | 2013 | Won
  • People’s Choice Awards | (Selena Gomez & The Scene) Favorite Breakout Artist | 2011 | Won
  • People’s Choice Awards | Favorite Female Artist | 2014 | Nominated
  • Teen Choice Awards | (Hit The Lights) Choice Single: Group 2011 | Nominated
  • Teen Choice Awards | (Come & Get It) Choice Breakup Song | 2013 | Won
  • Teen Choice Awards | (Come & Get It) Choice Single: Female Artist | 2013 | Nominated
  • Teen Choice Awards | Choice Music: Female Artist | 2013 | Nominated
  • Teen Choice Awards | Summer Music Star: Female | 2013 | Won
  • Young Hollywood Awards | (Stars Dance) Fan Favorite Album | 2013 | Won
  • Young Hollywood Awards | (Stars Dance Tour) Most Anticipated Tour | 2013 | Won
  • YouTube Music Awards | (Come & Get It) Video Of The Year | 2013 | Nominated
  • Radio Disney Music Awards | Best Female Artist | 2013 | Won
  • Radio Disney Music Awards | (Come & Get It) Song Of The Year | 2014 | PENDING
  • Radio Disney Music Awards | Radio Disney’s Most Talked About Artist | 2014 | PENDING
  • Radio Disney Music Awards | (Birthday) Best Song To Dance To | 2014 | PENDING
  • World Music Awards | World’s Best Live Act | 2013 | PENDING
  • World Music Awards | World’s Best Female Artist | 2013 | PENDING
  • World Music Awards | (Come & Get It) World’s Best Video | 2013 | PENDING
  • World Music Awards | World’s Best Entertainer Of The Year | 2013 | PENDING
  • World Music Awards | (Come & Get It) World’s Best Song | 2013 | PENDING
  • World Music Awards | (Slow Down) World’s Best Song | 2013 | PENDING
  • Billboard Magazine | Billboard’s Hottest Music Stars Under 21 | 2010 | #3
  • Billboard Magazine | Billboard’s Hottest Music Stars Under 21 | 2011 | #3
  • Billboard Magazine | Billboard’s Hottest Music Stars Under 21 | 2012 | #6
  • Billboard Magazine | Billboard’s Year- End Top Artists | 2013 | #27

Kiss & Tell (Album):

  • Peak Chart Positions - US = 9 | AUT = 4 | BEL = 22 | CAN = 22 | GER = 19 | IRE = 17 | NZ = 21 | UK = 12
  • Sales - US = 930,000
  • Certifications - RIAA = Gold | CRIA = Gold

A Year Without Rain (Album):

  • Peak Chart Positions - US = 4 | AUS = 48 | AUT = 19 | BEL = 11 | CAN = 6 | GER = 22 | IRE = 40 | NZ = 24 | UK = 14
  • Sales - US = 820,000
  • Certifications - RIAA = Gold | CRIA = Gold

When The Sun Goes Down (Album):

  • Peak Chart Positions - US = 3 | AUS = 24 | AUT = 40 | BEL = 30 | CAN = 2 | GER = 20 | IRE = 13 | NZ = 8 | UK = 15
  • Sales - US = 850,000
  • Certifications - RIAA = Gold | CRIA = Platinum

Stars Dance (Album):

  • Peak Chart Positions - US = 1 | AUS = 8 | AUT = 6 | CAN = 1 | FRA = 8 | IRE = 9 | NL = 10 | NOR = 1 | NZ = 5 | UK = 14
  • Sales - US = 37,000
  • Certifications - MC = Gold

Falling Down (Single):

  • Peak Chart Positions - US = 82 | CAN = 69

Naturally (Single):

  • Peak Chart Positions - US = 29 | AUS = 46 | AUT = 37 | BEL = 7 | CAN = 18 | GER = 14 | IRE = 7 | NZ = 20 | SWE = 56 | UK = 7
  • Certifications - RIAA = 3x Platinum | CRIA = Platinum

Round & Round (Single):

  • Peak Chart Positions - US = 24 | AUS = 80 | AUT = 62 | BEL = 69 | CAN = 51 | GER = 52 | IRE = 44 | UK = 47
  • Certifications - RIAA = Platinum

A Year Without Rain (Single):

  • Peak Chart Positions - US = 35 | AUS = 78 | BEL = 53 | CAN = 30 | GER = 56 | UK = 78
  • Certifications - RIAA = 2x Platinum | ARIA = Gold

Who Says (Single):

  • Peak Chart Positions - US = 21 | AUS = 57 | AUT = 62 | BEL = 58 | CAN = 17 | GER = 44 | IRE = 36 | NZ = 15 | UK = 51
  • Certifications - RIAA = 3x Platinum | ARIA = Gold

Love You Like A Love Song (Single):

  • Peak Chart Positions - US = 22 | AUS = 48 | BEL = 15 | CAN = 10 | GER = 44 | IRE = 36 | NZ = 21 | SWE = 41 | UK = 58
  • Certifications - RIAA = 4x Platinum | ARIA = Gold | IFPI CHI = Gold

Hit The Lights (Single):

  • Peak Chart Positions - BEL = 61 | CAN = 55
  • Certifications - RIAA = Platinum

Bang Bang Bang (Single):

  • Peak Chart Positions - US = 94 | CAN = 96

Come & Get It (Single):

  • Peak Chart Positions - US = 6 | AUS = 47 | AUT = 53 | CAN = 6 | FRA = 34 | IRE = 6 | NOR = 26 | NL = 84 | NZ = 14 | UK = 8
  • Certifications - RIAA = 3x Platinum | ARIA = Gold | IFPI NOR = Platinum | MC = 2x Platinum | RIANZ = Gold

Slow Down (Single):

  • Peak Chart Positions - US = 27 | AUS = 91 | AUT = 71 | CAN = 29 | FRA = 31 | IRE = 98 | UK = 106
  • Certifications - RIAA = Platinum

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (Single):

  • Peak Chart Positions - US = 58

Magic (Single):

  • Peak Chart Positions - US = 61 | CAN = 80 | NOR = 5

Send It On (Single):

  • Peak Chart Positions - US = 20

One & The Same (Charted):

  • Peak Chart Positions - US = 82

Stars Dance (Charted):

  • Peak Chart Positions - FRA= 102

*The Difference Between Lip Syncing, Using Autotune, & Using a Backtrack*:

Here I am not going to get into whether or not Selena lip syncs, I’ve already put my opinion on that. Instead, I am going to educate everyone on the differences between those three things.

Lip Syncing: It is to “move the lips silently in synchronization with a recorded soundtrack.”
Autotune: It is “a device or facility for tuning something automatically, esp. a piece of computer software that enables the correction of an out-of-tune vocal performance.”
That means that this is what USING autotune is.
Using Autotune: It is to use a device or a facility for tuning something (in this case, a singer’s voice) automatically.
Using A Backtrack: It is to “pursue, trace, or monitor” one’s voice.

It isn’t necessarily that people get lip syncing, using autotune, and using a backtrack mixed up when you’re just generally talking about them. Usually when people get them mixed up, it has to do whenever they’re listening to/talking about someone perform “live”.

You don’t use autotune when you’re singing live. The backtrack is usually a recording of the actual, processed song (which would appear on the album); although it could also just be a recording of the singer singing while sitting down and secluded from a huge crowd of fans, so that being said, the backtrack uses autotune. But using autotune on the backtrack does not really mean that the artist is using autotune while singing.

Lip syncing is only when the person actually mouths the words without having any sound come out of his or her mouth. Sure, they breathe, but they don’t sing, they don’t talk, etc.

As for using a backtrack… Just because a singer/band may use a backtrack, that doesn’t mean that they’re automatically lip syncing! It just means that they could lip sync, or that they’re just using it to help them. Because when an artist uses a backtrack, sure, it could be for lip syncing, but some stars do another thing. They use the backtrack to remind them where they are if they mess up, where to skip to when they’re going to restart, how their voice is supposed to be pitched, what octave they’re supposed to hit, what note they’re supposed to play, what chord they’re supposed to strum, etc. It’s more of a guidance toward them than it is to have the fans only hear their processed voice, rather than their actual singing.

My mom knows how to sing, how to tell if someone’s singing live at a concert or if they’re lip syncing, etc.

So I asked her this question: “Would you consider it to be lip syncing if the singer had a backtrack but still sang?”

Her response was this: “No, lip syncing is only if the voice was already recorded and the person was just pretending to sing. What you’re talking about is considered either karaoke or singing a recorded track (which sounds less corny than karaoke).”

She also responded with this, “Oh, but if you mean a backtrack of the actual singing, but sang over it also, that would be singing along with the recording.”

I also asked her another question, about whether she would consider it cheating for a singer to do that, at least in her opinion.

This was her response: “I don’t know, I know that a LOT of singers do that, way more than we probably realize. For me, as long as the singer’s actual live voice can be heard, it’s better than just lip syncing. One way people get around it is by having backup singers on stage sing the tune with them, so it makes their voice sound stronger… I really prefer to hear live singing in concert, even if they make mistakes, rather than have it sound just like the CD because it’s been recorded already.”

These answers may not be particularly clear, but I feel as if they’ve helped me with determining some of these things.

So as I hope y’all can tell now, there is a difference between lip syncing, using autotune, and using a backtrack.