HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Britney Spears is breaking her silence on the lip-synching debate that has surrounding her first Australian tour.
"I hear there is a lot of controversy in the media about my show," Spears said Tuesday in a statement. "Some reporters have said they love it and some don't. I came to Australia for my fans!"
Spears has been under fire ever since she arrived in Australia last week. The Fair Trade Minister for the state of New South Wales kicked off the controversy by saying Australians would not tolerate a "Mickey Mouse" performance by the former Disney star.
The local media then reported that fans walked out of the singer's first Australian performance last Friday after just a few songs, describing her concert as "boring" and "stiff."
While Spears' camp has defended the outcry by saying it's common knowledge that the pop star lip syncs in concert, the Musicians Union of Australia believes more should be done to let Australian concert-goers know exactly what they're paying for.
"It's not right that people are going to the concert when they are being misled," Terry Noone, the union's federal secretary, told ABC News Online. "That's the issue. It's not about music, it's about false advertising."
"It all comes back to truth and accuracy," added Noone. "There should be a message saying if things are going to be lip-synced or mimed so that people know what they're buying."
Spears is due to play the first of three sold-out shows in Melbourne on Wednesday night before continuing the rest of her Australian run.
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