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Singular fibrations generalize achiral Lefschetz fibrations of 4-manifolds over surfaces while sharing some of their properties. For instance, relatively minimal singular fibrations are determined by their monodromy. We explain how to construct examples of singular fibrations with a single singularity and Matsumoto's construction of singular fibrations of the sphere . Previous results of Hirzebruch and Hopf on 2-plane fields with finitely many singularities are outlined in connection with the work of Neumann and Rudolph on the Hopf invariant. Eventually, we prove that closed orientable 4-manifolds with large first Betti number and vanishing second Betti number do not admit singular fibrations.