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Britney Spears

Britney Spears

Date: Dec 01 2008

Grammar: Modal Verbs

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2008 hasn’t been a bad year for Britney Spears. She hasn’t done anything too insane lately, like shaving her head or attacking the paparazzi with an umbrella. And unlike in 2007, she even made it through this year’s MTV Video Music Awards without forgetting the words to one of her own songs or appearing confused.

Brit’s new album, Circus, comes out today and it has already been getting some positive reviews. People seem reminded of when they first fell in love with Britney in the late ‘90s. Listen to Jason and Mason discuss the troubled pop princess.

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Jason:  So Britney Spears had some drama.

Mason:  I think Britney Spears just is drama.

Jason:  Right. But I got a confession to make. I still think she’s attractive. I mean, I’d still hook up with Britney Spears.

Mason:  She’s back, man. She got on her game.

Jason:  I know! Even…I don’t know…People were saying she looked terrible at the 2007 VMAs. But I didn’t think she looked that bad.

Mason:  That was totally her comeback moment, too, right?

Jason:  It was supposed to be, but her performance was bad. She looked like she didn’t even know where she was. But people were saying she was fat and all this stuff, and I thought she looked fine. But um…But now she really is back.

Mason:  Yeah, it’s official?

Jason:  It’s official.

Mason:  In full effect?

Jason:  Well she didn’t quite go out on a limb as far as she did last year at the VMAs, but this year she did a little skit at the beginning, to sort of set it up…

Mason:  Right because the VMAs has really become a platform for people to redeem themselves, right? It’s where you fail and then you decide to make your grand re-entrance.

Jason:  Yeah.

Mason:  But so she’s got a new album coming out now, right? Circus?

Jason:  Right, and the song off it is called “Womanizer,” and it’s pretty awesome. They have her voice in a robot effect.

Mason:  Is she back…’Cause you know she was going down a weird electronic route, really over-produced stuff…Is it kind of in that vein? Or did she go in a different direction?

Jason:  It’s not over-produced, I would say, but it definitely is in that vein, it’s highly electronic…But it’s done tastefully, I think. And it’s her first number one hit since “Baby One More Time.”

 

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Britney Spears has had a lot of problems in the past couple years with a divorce and several visits to the hospital. But even when she made a fool of herself at last year’s Video Music Awards, Jason still thought she looked pretty hot.

At this year’s VMAs, Britney did a much better job. She performed a funny skit and won several awards. Jason tells Mason that he likes Brit’s new album, Circus. It uses a lot of interesting voice effects and electronic music techniques.

Do you think this album will be a real comeback for Britney? Or is it too late for her to save her career?

 

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KardelenF

KardelenF

Turkey


  • I think she is very nice but her voice bad.Because her voice is very thin but her song is great!.Circus,piece of me,ı wanna go,3,radar,toxic….All songs great.I love Britney!

04:26 PM Dec 01 2011 |

Little Andika

Romania

I love very much Britney because she's got an awesome voice. I like the song CIRCUS! :)))

07:22 PM Apr 04 2011 |

otrovlad

otrovlad

Ecuador

britney is an icon…maybe she has a bad period but sshes back you know …who can forget that amazing videos like im slave 4you and toxic…....britney married me jajaja

03:44 PM Aug 18 2010 |

dcdc703

Taiwan

I think that if she is determind enough she will come back to the entertainment sence. But if and when she does, she should really cherish the 2nd chance that she is given. ANd show her fans what she is really made of, strong, ambitious and independent.

Hopefully she'll beable to come back and show people/fans that she will not let them down again. Come back with a brand new her!

03:11 AM Aug 04 2010 |

Josè Manuel Cervantes G.

Mexico

Not for all Britney Spears is a good person, neither a good singer, but I think she is a brave person, because, against everyboy, and everything, she continues working hard and this says she is a fighter, and doesn't matter what happen in her life, she tries to stay in the music world, and I think that not all the persons with this kind of problems can do the same thing. I admire her for this. 

10:54 PM Mar 16 2010 |

jysfernandez

Brazil

Britney Spears songs is similar of Madonna in my opinion. She makes a good perfomance but dosen't creat music.

02:33 PM Dec 24 2009 |

Ca_Brazil

Ca_Brazil

Brazil

I think this new album has been a real comeback to her, i mean now its official. so hope she does her best to be a good pop artist again, though im not her fan, i know she has lots of fans. 

07:32 PM Sep 07 2009 |

peri'sloneplanet

Viet Nam

I'm Britney's no.1 fan. Britney is the new legend in the contemporary music industry and it will never be too late for her to be back on top of the world. I love every of her albums. "Blackout" is a wonderful music I've ever known of. The problem was that it  didn't get the right and careful promotion. And "Circus" is such a great work of art of our Princess of Pop. She should win some Grammys this  year for this album. I really wish Britney and her 2 adorable sons happiness, love and peace in this life. Britney always has tons of support of me and of millions of fans across the world. Love her =))

03:07 AM Jun 29 2009 |

puhu33

puhu33

Turkey

i think she is back. 

thanks it is very nice lesson 

03:03 AM Apr 30 2009 |

errr

errr

Indonesia

Love circus soo much !  I already bought the CD since 3 months ago and I keep listen her songs all time, all day.  :D:D:D 

 

Congrats to Britney.  Her new video if u seek amy make a new good comeback !  And also, her show at New Orleans and Tampa.   I hope she didn't do lip sync.

 

viva Britney, always .

11:36 AM Mar 13 2009 |

maryfrommars

Ukraine

she is BAck!!her new album is awesome and differ a lot from Blackout,her videos also cool and she is strong and talented person and i respect her for this)

  

07:55 PM Mar 11 2009 |

Aus_LT

Aus_LT

Lithuania

I think that Britney  is back, because her voice is very good and i like her songs.

07:15 PM Mar 04 2009 |

Ralfik

Poland

I thing she's got great songs despite of being very controversial person…

11:47 AM Mar 01 2009 |

j812261992

j812261992

Taiwan

hers music are so micracle

11:38 AM Dec 07 2008 |

saeideh1367

United States

She's amazing. I love her since of her first albums. 

03:53 AM Dec 07 2008 |

king h

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

her song is good!

I Love her!

03:13 PM Dec 06 2008 |

jorgebuzios

Brazil

Madonna is much betterrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. She really knows to talk with the crowd. I wouldn´t like to say nothing about Brit…

01:05 PM Dec 05 2008 |

wanghuang

Uruguay

don't judge her coz she is fat or not   if you like her

03:30 AM Dec 05 2008 |

guobingyou

guobingyou

China

I havn't listened to her music

03:02 AM Dec 05 2008 |

Ruilong

Ruilong

China

Although i know little about her,but i dont think her voice is good enough to be a good singer,and what she had done in her life really look crazy and ,just like she disdain herself,i dont think she will back to the celebrity and strenthen her status,im so sorry to those fans of Britney Spears by saying these.

10:00 AM Dec 04 2008 |

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