In July 2014, an anonymous source leaked the raw audio of Britney Spears’s confessional ballad “Alien.” Haters pounced on this star’s denuded voice, gleefully seizing on the viral artifact as a smoking gun for Spears’s deficits and for the pop industry’s artistic fakeries more broadly. My paper situates this flashpoint of Spears-shaming within late-capitalist archives of public humiliation, cyberleaks, and the paternalistic scrutiny of women’s bodies and voices.
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Research Article| September 03 2018
William Cheng; So You’ve Been Musically Shamed. Journal of Popular Music Studies 3 September 2018; 30 (3): 63–98. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jpms.2018.200004
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