Shawty… Everything sounds better auto-tuned

autotunethenews Cher, T-Pain, and Kanye West are probably onto something with this Auto-tune vocal effect thing, but no-one perhaps sounds as good as Katie Couric. Michael Gregory (who you may recognize from this American Idol audition) and his brother Andrew Gregory decided to Auto-tune the news.

The lyrics are below. This is the second installment of “Auto-Tune The News“. The first one is here.

Auto-tune is a program by Antares that pitch corrects the voice. Over-correcting the voice processor makes it sound a little funky, which is the method Cher popularized in her song, Do You Believe back in the 1998s. When Jamie and I shared at office a number of years ago, we would listen to Mix 93.1 most days. For some reason it became a little tradition for me (and maybe Jamie too, I can’t remember) to stand on our chairs and dance whenever Cher’s Do You Believe came on the radio. Perhaps it was the entrancing nature of the Auto-Tune effect processor, who knows.

Besides Cher, T-Pain has pretty much made his whole career using Auto-tune and bringing it into popularity with R&B and rap music. But his best work is probably I’m On A Boat with the dudes from The Lonely Island.

Thanks to Jeff for cracking an egg of knowledge about this. Lyrics to Auto-Tune The News #2 after the break…

Andrew Gregory (my big bro). You can also find him here:
Ruth Marcus on gay marriage
Kiran Chetry on marijuana
Sean Hannity and Hillary Clinton on pirates
Katie Couric on melting ice

RM: This was a pretty remarkable week on the gay marriage front
First of all, to have a state like Iowa
MG: Whatchoo tryna say about Iowa
RM: Not the east coast state
MG: East coast
RM: Not the left coast state
MG: Left coast
RM: In a decision written by a republican appointee
MG: shawty, now you sounding so fine
Give me your number, we can bump and grind
Talkin about politics all night
Leavin the club in the mornin light
If we get carred away
We might get gay-married today
KC: We just heard from some of our viewers who strongly support legalizing marijuana
MG: Shawty, 5 of those calls was from me
KC: Do you think we should legalize pot alone or all drugs, including heroine, cocaine, and meth?
MG: My brain says no, but my body says yes!
AG: I’m an angry gorilla. I heard you needed me (ooh ooh ah ah)
SH: Now that Captain Phillips has been successfully rescued
The president has decided to step in front of the spotlight
AG: Ooh, I’m angry! You can’t see it, but my forehead’s veiny
SH: And even take some credit for the rescue
AG: Well, don’t you worry, baby boo
You’ll always have an angry gorilla to be angry with you
That’s what I do. Just ask Donkey Kong. He’s in my crew
KC: At the North Pole, new satellite photos show arctic ice is melting so fast
AG: Oh snap, how fast?
KC: Many scientists now believe it will be gone within 30 years
AG: Surely you jest! I’m under cardiac arrest, shawty
KC: Some researchers think it could disappear in just six
AG: Shit!
KC: Without it there could be a snowball effect
AG: Oh
KC: With temperatures rising even faster
If we all don’t take bold action and take it fast
AG: Yeah,
Both: We will find ourselves on very thin ice
MG: Tell em, Hillary, pirates on very thin ice
HC: These pirates are criminals
They are armed gangs on the sea
MG: That means the ocean
HC: The United States does not make concessions
Or ransom payments to pirates

MG: Hello, shawty, we can meet up at the mall
Browse around at the bookstore
Mentally ball until we fall