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Britney Spears
Britney Spears

Present Perfect Tense

Date: May 30 2011

Themes: Music, Pop Culture

Grammar: Present Perfect Tense

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Some people go through one little crisis and never bounce back. Others, like Britney Spears, seem to be able to weather any storm.

Britney is one pop princess whose life hasn’t exactly been a fairytale. She’s gone through a painful divorce, struggled with her weight, and had a nervous breakdown...all in the public eye.

Yet she somehow keeps making albums. And although her life might seem like a disaster sometimes, her albums aren’t. They continue to reach the top of the charts and earn positive comments from critics. Hear Amy and Jeff talk about Britney’s latest, Femme Fatale.

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Amy

Amy

Jeff

Jeff

Amy:  Britney Spears still seems kind of crazy when you see pictures of her in tabloids, but it seems like she’s managed to put out this new album, and it’s gotten pretty good reviews. It’s gone to the top of the charts. What do you think? Is Britney back?

Jeff:  I think that’s shocking. I forgot she even existed actually.

Amy:  I know, she has been around for so long, and it seems like we’ve talked about her having a comeback already five or six times.

Jeff:  Yeah. I actually thought about this the other day, and I didn’t even know she put out a new album, but she just kind of seems like a gross old mom to me.

Amy:  She does definitely, when you see pictures of her, she definitely doesn’t look like a hot young, you know, pop star diva.

Jeff:  Yeah.

Amy:  But people keep coming back for more. This album, Femme Fatale, went to number one, it was number one in the US, Canada, Australia. On the top ten lists in every other country. I mean, it’s pretty phenomenal.

Jeff:  Yeah, I mean, I don’t know. She’s definitely got a legacy, but I don’t know if it’s based on her musical talent, really. Especially these days.

Amy:  You think it’s more her reputation as kind of a…

Jeff:  Train wreck nightmare?

Amy:  Yeah.

Jeff:  Yeah.

 

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Amy says that Britney Spears has a new album out called Femme Fatale, which has sold well and received positive reviews. Jeff is surprised to hear this. He is not a Britney fan, and he can’t believe she’s still selling records.

There are often negative pictures and stories about Britney in the tabloids. Amy is impressed that in spite of this, Britney remains popular and continues to make new music. But Jeff thinks her popularity comes from her wild reputation, not her music.

Have you ever bounced back from a difficult experience? What do you think Britney’s legacy will be?

 

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NIJ321655

NIJ321655

United States

She a best singer I love her I have evreything Britney Spears.

11:52 AM Jun 10 2016 |

NIJ321655

NIJ321655

United States

she song are like omg.

06:24 AM Oct 21 2015 |

Nafas75

Nafas75

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i love u Britney,she is young and beauty,i wanna scream and showt when i see her videos;)

11:50 PM Jan 01 2013 |

1 person likes this

raph30

France

i want to ameliore my english, do you want speak with me

11:56 PM Nov 19 2012 |

1 person likes this

raph30

France

hello my name rafael, i’m french, and i go in this site for speak english

11:53 PM Nov 19 2012 |

1 person likes this

Liana's Dream

United States

she’s really fashionSurprised

06:44 AM Nov 18 2012 |

lunnyman

lunnyman

Argentina

actually, i was listening to her music while reading on this dialogue. Took this topic cuz i’m a big fan of hers, and love her music. I DONT CARE, really, if she does playback with her voice. No matter if her voice is mostly set by speacial equipment… She’s awesome and the rhythm is wonderful. IS IT A FICTION??? yes, it is. But we see a movie and it’s fiction.NOT REAL. WELL, why not doing the same with music???? IF HER STYLE IS SO GOOD WHY SHOULD SHE STOP SINGING, THEN, AS OTHERS SAY BRITNEY’S A FAKE. SHE’S NOT AND MOST OF THE SINGERS DO PLAYBACK, TOO. SORRY, IF THEY SUCK AT TRYIN’ IT. BUT THIS IS JUST LIKE THIS!

08:20 AM Jan 24 2012 |

KardelenF

KardelenF

Turkey

Ovv Britney so hot and amazing


She is make-up nice music and her great costume


I love Britney Spears

10:01 AM Oct 21 2011 |

kane charles

China

i think if you wanna do and if you believe you can get back what you wanna,you will… half a month before, i failed the drivers license. but i believe i can win back, i don t know much about Britney Spears, but i believe if she wanna  bounce back, she will…

11:54 PM Jun 10 2011 |

1 person likes this

Honey-pig

Honey-pig

China

I like every changes of music genre she brought to us, although there aren’t many refreshing songs in latest three albums. She shares truely a little spirit of Madonna, always challenge new things. BTW, i really miss her straight hair~

10:58 PM Jun 08 2011 |

1 person likes this

life is boring

Turkey

actually i like and listening metal musıc but whatever britney everytime special one for me.her all songs i like vey much:):)

02:31 AM Jun 05 2011 |

1 person likes this

dc-united/21

Germany

Why do you all waste your precious time talking about 


Britney Spears? Legacy? lol 


Tell me this is just a joke! There is so much better music than hers 


for example the Neon Trees – 1983!!! Just check it out!

02:42 PM Jun 02 2011 |

1 person likes this

tamplier

tamplier

Russian Federation

The sun!
Hi the sun!
I love at sunrise before
Again to meet you!
Wind!
Hi a wind!
I like to enjoy you
The spirit затая!
Morning!
Hi morning!
I like to feel your freshness
Having washed dew!
Birds!
Hello birds!
I like to hear your twitter
To heart such road.
The darling!
Hi the darling!
I like to admire you
Without hiding the sight!
The favourite!
Hi favourite!
I love depth of that beauty
That gives your sight!
Day!
Hi day!
I love your midday heat
Having a rest in a shade!
Evening!
Hi evening!
I love when зорькой the cheerful
You play in the distance!
Night!
Hi night!
I love your universal rest
That rings in silence!
Life!
Hi life!
I love that boundless pleasure
That you awake in me!

02:28 AM May 31 2011 |

1 person likes this

ToToX_007

Saudi Arabia

hi


How are you ?


 

04:02 PM May 30 2011 |

1 person likes this

hussein

Yemen

legacy?ammm I don’t think there will be more than singing and may be dancing !

12:43 PM May 30 2011 |

1 person likes this

Madline

Madline

Jordan

I think britney’s legacy will be her talent and her 1st albums …....but If we’ll talk about these days she’sn’t successful anymore like before  isn’t it


 

10:42 AM May 30 2011 |

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MUHAMMAD92

MUHAMMAD92

Saudi Arabia

greattreasure britnyspears, i love her music.

09:05 AM May 30 2011 |

1 person likes this

MUHAMMAD92

MUHAMMAD92

Saudi Arabia

greattreasure britnyspears, i love her music.

09:05 AM May 30 2011 |

1 person likes this

lolekesh

lolekesh

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I like her very much and listen to her songs.

08:43 AM May 30 2011 |

1 person likes this

isabel139

isabel139

Peru

Actually I don’t remember any situation of bounced back in my life… 


I don’t follow very much the famous life and I don’t care about it… I like some musics from her, as others singers. If I like, I listen… for me is not important if a singer is fat or slim, if he/she is married or single, if smokes, if is using drugs… I don’t care :)))

05:53 AM May 30 2011 |

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