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Lip-synching for the fans.

Lip-synching is practically as old as recorded music. Now, after decades of derision and outrage, audiences are warming up to it. Take Britney Spears fans. While some have implored her not to lip-synch on her 2004 tour, they've been shouted down in chat rooms and on fan sites by others who prefer the fakery. Fans may have no choice: Live performances rely on an ever-more-intricate mix of live music, prerecorded sound, and high-tech tricks. Fans of traditional rock bands like Coldplay or the Strokes may be less likely to tolerate shortcuts. But for more and more of the pop audience, perfection is more desirable than authenticity, especially if they're paying $100 a ticket for an elaborately choreographed Madonna or Beyonce concert. "Tell me, who can sing hanging on a harness upside down?" asks Nicholas Martinez, a New Mexico high school senior. Of Spears, he says: 'Id rather her not ruin my favorite song and just put on a good show."
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Title Annotation:Music
Publication:New York Times Upfront
Date:Mar 22, 2004
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