Unrelated - did you know, on US network television, there is a talent show hosted by Jerry Springer and judged by David Hasselhoff? Neither did I.
A hometown friend of mine came in second on that show last year (to a ventriloquist, of all things; however, it was for the best, as he avoided being locked into a contract with AGT and a Vegas gig that wouldn’t have been the best fit for his style); it made Cas an “overnight sensation” after a decade of working hard for his music career. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy, really. And he actually does have talent! (link to Cas Haley’s official site)
For an elaborate stage show like Britney and etc, where the singer is running around huffing and puffing and frolicking and stuff for most of the performance, a great deal of the vocals are of the canned variety, since nobody cares anymore (that poor Milli Vanilli guy gave his life in vain, alas). The rest is heavily processed through on-the-fly correction softwares like Autotune or Melodyne.
Surprisingly though, even the “good” singers don’t always come off too well when their live vocals are isolated this way. I’ve heard plenty of instances where a vocal performance I had originally found to be very powerful sounded much different when separated from the other parts of the whole. (Not to the extent of this Britney video, though)
Martyn sums it all up nicely, with relevant links included.
Burial’s name had actually been revealed before, but since it’s also the name of a UK funeral director, it was believed to be a joke. Turns out it’s the other way around, and his music nickname is itself a play on the name similarities.
In between this and the Banksy thing, we don’t appear to be in an era that’s particularly accepting of mystery. I guess at least now people know he’s a “real” person rather than the alterego pseudonym of some other famous producer, as often rumored.
"Music tells you much more about the person than any amount of pictures could ever do."