Why Do British Singers Lose Their Accents When Singing?

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If you're a fan of Adele or Keith Urban's music, you've likely wondered to yourself: "Why do they have American accents when they sing?" If someone had never heard of Adele (is that possible?) and heard her speak in her Cockney accent, then compared it to her singing voice, they might think they were listening to two different people. Are international singers just obsessed with American accents? Probably not. Discover the real reason in the video below.

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Why Singers Lose Their Accents When Singing

In a nutshell, it has a lot to do with phonetics.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Mick Jagger, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Ed Sheeran, Phil Collins, and George Michael all grew up in/near London 00:11

  2. The generic American accent is fairly phonetically neutral. 01:19

  3. Researchers believe the change in accents from speaking to singing is not deliberate, and singers may not even be aware that it's happening. 03:32