What’s that noise in Independent Woman?

Ever listen to Independent Woman and notice a weird noise in the background? It’s a kind of swishy noise you can just about hear throughout the track? Go listen, and you’ll definitely hear it.

I always thought, it sounds unpleasant, so I wondered, is it intentional?
To a nerd like me, it sounds a lot like an mp3 compression artefact, the kind you used to get when ripping CDs, or if you ever downloaded low quality tracks from a certain wire made of citrus fruit.

I was just thinking about this, because I heard the same noise on the radio.
Turns out Darel was thinking the same about eight years ago, and heard it in “You Sang To Me” by Marc Anthony too!

What is the story behind this? Do you know any other songs you can hear this in?

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