It’s the battle of pop princess between Katy Perry and Britney Spears.
Before “Passenger” was featured on Brit Brit’s 2013 “Britney Jean” album, the track was originally sung by Perry. Just recently, Perry’s demo version made its way online.
“The road will twist and turn but / I know that I am in good hands,” the “Swish Swish” singer sings on the mid-tempo pop gem. “I’ve never been a passenger no / But we’ll see more without a map.”
Many fans believed that “Passenger” – produced by Diplo and co-written by Sia and Perry herself – was intended for the critically-acclaimed album ,”Prism”. Perry’s 4th studio album went on to produced several hits including “Roar”, “Unconditionally”, and “Dark Horse”.
“Katy’s version sounds less robotic and organic, but that could have more to do with it being a work in progress. It also sounds more alive, vulnerable and hopeful. Having heard Katy’s demo, it’s odd that ‘Passenger’ didn’t end up on ‘Prism’. The track would have fit into the 2nd half of the album perfectly,” wrote music critic Mike Wass.
Since all of Perry’s demo version has been deleted from YouTube, user Rocky O Starmie decided to do a side by side comparison on both of the pop star’s vocals. In addition, Sia’s vocals is also included in the mix. It sounds choppy in parts but it’s the best compilation we have so far.
So who do y’all think sang it better?
Side note: The videos have been updated since the previous ones were deleted.
We’re with Wass on this. Perry’s vocals certainly has more emotion when compared to Spears.