UPDATE 4:21 p.m. PT: Spears’ rep tells Radar: “There are a lot of inaccuracies here. What Chelsea referred to in an attempted joke is the lyric video that came out before Britney shot the actual Perfume video, which is now common for artists to put out lyric videos – without them in it – hence “lyric” videos. Also, Myah Marie didn’t do any background vocals on the song and doesn’t have credit. Only backing vocals on Perfume are from Sia. Britney absolutely sings on Perfume.”
Chelsea Handler is no fan of Britney Spears — or “whoever’s singing for her this time.” Just days after Radar’s report on claims that Spears did not sing the lead on her new single, “Perfume,” Handler ripped the star for what she perceives as a lack of effort and talent.
After screening a short clip of Spears’ lyric video for “Perfume” on Chelsea Lately last week, Handler started off by mocking the song’s references to a love triangle, saying, “Yeah, [Britney], the guy you’re with and your two personalities makes three.”
Continuing her rant, she complained, “They’re not even putting her on camera now,” even though the clip was from a lyric video, not the finished product.
“They’re just throwing up the words, like here’s the song,” she said, “and here’s whoever’s singing for her this time.”
“She’s not even going to be in the video, probably,” Handler sniffed. “I mean, this is so stupid. How can you have a career when your’e not doing anything?”
One of her co-stars chimed in to bash Spears’ “raspy” quality on the song, and Handler insisted, “It’s obviously a new person singing. It’s not her.”
Still, despite her vicious criticism, Handler says she’s planning to check out Spears’ Vegas show firsthand. “I mean I’ll do it on a night that I”m already planning to go there,” Handler joked. “I won’t go out of my way. But I’ll go to that show, watch me!”