Britney Spears covers Alanis Morissette: 'You Oughta Know,' it ain't half bad

Last night at the Greensboro, NC stop of her Circus tour, Britney Spears covered Alanis Morissette’s 1990s anthem “You Oughta Know,” and from this admittedly low-quality video (and various reports on the Internet), it seems she actually sang live, instead of singing to tape.

Again, the quality here isn’t great, but it looks like she rocked it. What better way to silence the critics than to step up to the mic, say to hell with it all, and spew some of that bile. Hot, confident Britney, live vocals, a dash of rebellion…hey Brit, how about breaking off for a few surprise shows at intimate clubs? I’d be down for that.

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  • Stacey

    Wow. Amazing job Britney. She sounded incredible. She really belted it out. I love that she did it. And yes, it does look like she was singing live.

  • Brenda DuBois

    If she could just understand that if she sang live at least most of the time, no matter how horrible it sounded, she would gain so much more respect and would reach true legend-status like Madonna, Tina, Cher, etc.
    Maybe one day, she’ll realize that we love her not for her perfect vocals, but for her charisma and showmanship, and, on that day, she’ll put away the backing vocals and let her voice, however flawed, shine through the arena speakers.

  • Thalken

    Love it, you sound great girl!

  • Daniel

    Being a huge Alanis fan, I often cringe when I hear about someone like Britney or Beyonce covering this song… I do have to say though that Britney did a respectable job of it, she didn’t offer anything new to the song, but it really could’ve been much much worse.

    • HD

      I agree, Alanis is in my top 3 artists of all time and this was a very decent cover. If there’s one song of Alanis’ that Britney’s croak suits, it’s this one.

    • Ummm

      Daniel,
      If you’re a “huge” Alanis fan, then you must be aware that Alanis recorded a couple of dance-pop albums when she was younger. Alanis has stated that her dance-pop years aren’t embarrassing to her, as they helped make her the person she is today.
      So, do the earlier Alanis albums make you cringe? Do you pretend Alanis was birthed into the world as a fully-formed and mature woman? Does this mean Alanis has already reached her full potential? I’m just curious how all this works.

      • Mark

        Wait, what? This is a serious non sequitur. He’s talking about certain pop artists covering a song that is pretty fundamentally angry and impassioned (and almost archetypal for being so, no less!). In my mind, the fear is that the song would be whitewashed, if you will, by those kind of vocalists. It’s not particularly an attack on Alanis’ past (what?), or saying that these women couldn’t change direction and do that kind of music (though the likelihood of that is zero to none).

      • Dark Dot

        What the eff are you talking about? Your response is not in any way relevant to Daniel’s comment.

      • Daniel

        Ummm, I do know of Alanis’s pop albums (not so much with the dance as I would define a dance album), I own them, and I enjoy them tremendously to the chagrin of my friends. What I also enjoy is an artist who can show true artistry when the do a cover, when it comes to Beyonce or Britney, I do not feel that they have. Let me see them evolve the way Alanis did, or show me that you can make a cover your own the way Alanis did with Seal’s Crazy, or Travis did with Britney’s Hit Me Baby One More Time. Doing a straight performance of the song fails to inspire or show any indication of talent, it only proves, that as good as she might be, it’s still only karaoke!

    • @Dark Dot

      You clearly lack basic reading comprehension skills.
      You might want to consider understanding a comment before you respond to it.

      • Laura

        @Dark Dot, you are the one who lacks comprehension skills. Your original response to Daniel’s first post was completely ridiculous and irrelevant. Go away.

    • James

      Havent you ever heard the expression “impersonation is the highest form of flattery” It’s okay for artist to do covers the way they were originally done “cover” not “remix” or “sample”…chill

  • Eddie

    Glad to see her gaining her confidence back! I just saw her show in Orlando a couple of days ago, and it was like night and day from that show and the Tampa show that I also saw at the beginning of the tour. She rocked it out and I had an amazing time. Keep it up B!

  • mm

    It’s sad when it’s news when a so called singer supposedly sings “live”

    • Mike

      I think the news is actually that she sang “You Oughta Know”.

      Britney did a great job!

      • Ella

        I totally hear you mm….it makes me sad too…..

    • keanna montanna

      like you can sing..so dumb!

  • Sarah

    Go Britney!! I love her, and I saw her concert last March. It was clear that she lip-synced most of the show, and while I still loved it, it would have been awesome to see her perform like this. I think she did an awesome job. Keep it up, Brit!

  • J.

    I wish the quality of the recording was better. It’s really hard to judge if she’s doing a good job.

    • Mothra

      I agree completely. From this clip, it’s even hard to tell if she’s lip synching or not…

  • Garrett

    I’m an Alanis fan, not a Britney fan, and I came in all ready to make fun of her, but this was actually pretty awesome.

  • Tim

    Not a fan of Britney by any means but damn she rocked that out. Color me surprised.

    • blake

      with a hint of purple

  • Jesse

    WOW, that was actually really good!

  • Cory

    I agree with the others…Britney actually sort of impressed me, and I have slightly more respect for her.

    • keanna montanna

      why do people always say “more respect”? well obviously britney doesnt even know you so why care?

  • Keith

    Really enjoyed this performance! I only wish she performed it when I went to the show.

  • Fatima

    Beyonce covered this all summer on her tour and did a much better job. And that didn’t need to be reported since singing live is, you know, natural, to most singers. You couldn’t find a different left field choice Britney?

    • Corey

      Your just a Beyonce fan, thats all that is, this article wasnt ever about Beyonce so why bring her up? And they didnt report about Beyonce doing it BECAUSE she really doesnt do that good, and most alanis fans will agree. So stop trying to hate on Britney when Clearly a majority of the comments on here are positive. Ive never felt Britney has had ANYTHING to prove cause i always knew she could sing.

  • AcaseofGeo

    All I’ve EVER asked of Britny (and other artists) is to sing LIVE AT CONCERTS. If this truly was live, this is the LAST thing she needed to do to regain my respect.

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