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Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Date: Feb 23 2009

Themes: Music, Pop Culture

Grammar: Passive Voice

Intro

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One sure way for girl musicians to get a lot of publicity is to kiss other girls. Remember when Madonna and Britney Spears locked lips at the MTV music video awards? Or what about that crazy girl band t.A.T.u., who made out in one of their music videos? And let’s not forget Jill Sobule, who wrote the first song called “I Kissed a Girl” back in 1995.

The pop singer Katy Perry has a song called “I Kissed a Girl” too. It’s made her a huge success on the pop charts, but a controversial figure for some. Listen to Beren and Dale talk about the song and the scandal.

Dialog

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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.

Dale

Dale

Beren

Beren

Dale:  I’m actually a DJ and I do a lot of parties. And one of the ones that’s a number one hit is “I Kissed a Girl.”

Beren:  Oh, I think that’s a number one hit everywhere. I went to a teeny, tiny town and went out dancing…like nobody on the dance floor. All of a sudden, they started playing “I Kissed a Girl,” and girls started making out.

Dale:  Do you think that’s kind of weird though?

Beren:  It’s very weird.

Dale:  This Katy Perry character or person is actually trying to make other girls kinda make out with other girls…I don’t know. Does that seem like a good thing or a bad thing?

Beren:  Do you think the song was written and intended to be like that hit that would make girls slutty on the dance floor?

Dale:  Well, after I started listening to the song, actually it was banned in high schools.

Beren:  I heard that too, actually.

Dale:  Because more girls started doing that. And saying they kissed a girl and they liked it. From rumors I heard also, Katie Perry said that she’s not gonna have sex for a year.

Beren:  I heard that possibly is incorrect, but I don’t know.

Dale:  So do you think she’s very controversial anyway?

Beren:  Somewhat controversial. I mean, maybe. I don’t know. ‘Cause to me she seems more modern day bubble gum pop. Like, really well-written songs actually, ‘cause it’s super catchy.

Dale:  Oh, super catchy.

Beren:  I don’t know, maybe it’s the last line kids can cross now, you know?

Dale:  Mm-hm.

 

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Discussion

“I Kissed a Girl” is one of the most popular songs right now. Dale is a DJ, and he gets asked to play it all the time. It even gets the crowd excited in tiny towns, like the one Beren visited recently.

Beren and Dale both think the popularity of the song is a little strange. There’s been a lot of controversy over it, and some high schools have even banned it. There have also been some rumors about Katy Perry’s love life. But Beren thinks that even though the singer is somewhat controversial, she has a light, bubble gum pop sound. She and Dale agree that her songs are super catchy.

Beren says that girls kissing other girls might be one of the last controversial subjects. There are a lot of songs out there with violent or sexual lyrics that aren’t as controversial.

Do you think song lyrics are too violent or sexual these days? Does this song deserve all the controversy?

 

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Cranberries!!

Turkey

i love katy perry :)

she's beautiful and very sweet :D

09:26 AM Mar 07 2010 |

bocetin

bocetin

Turkey

i kissed a girl just for trying :P

08:53 PM Feb 27 2010 |

masoudleton

United Arab Emirates

i was in my country 90 that time i was in vocall in one band this name of the band maste band , i like too much song , u dont no ,ok ilike lessen only what pepple r saying , dont like too talkeing or lablab ….. my life is song ,, masoud

09:58 AM Dec 14 2009 |

Idarela

Idarela

El Salvador

I liked this song in its moment i couldn´t stop singing it it was so catchy, she´s nice, i like a little her style, the song is funny but actually i don´t share what lyrics say cos Gross! i´d never kiss a girl :s  boys lips are always gorgeus to me :D

03:35 AM Dec 14 2009 |

sravanjampani

India

I love Katy Perry Kiss... She was awesome in "I kissed a girl"...

04:39 PM Nov 16 2009 |

hazem02

hazem02

Jordan

O my bride…

o my god…

alone here i am again..

alone with this cold world…

alone and thinking about you…

here i am…

with no one…

only with you…

and so deep inside you…

thinking and thinking…

but only just about you….

sweetheart…

distantly, there so faraway you are…

but a truths that never can be changed…

you are here with me…

here always as the day we met there…

which never to be forgotten…

my sweet beautiful bride…

into my lonely world…

alone no one sharing me now…

only with you…

i`m enjoying a thinking of you…

thinking about you…

about those lips that i kissed…

about those eyes which i saw my face in…

about your smile which gave a joy to my heart…

about your great sexy body that i touched…

about your sweet tongue which gave a honey…

that savour which never got before…

my beautiful sweet bride…

lot of memories running however i closed my eyes..

memories about you and your love…

that love which you taught me…

that love which you showed me…

that love which never to die…

wish you were here with me now…

as you are into my mind now…

wish this world to be more easy not so hard…

to meet you soon…

my beautiful bride…

the moon can hide…

stars in a sky also can hides…

so i can forget them all…

but never ever to forget you for a second…

even when you hide…

miss you so much…

love you more…

and can`t resist your love…

by:

http://www.thestarlitecafe.com/poems/105/poem_91126962.html
 

http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/o-my-bride/

please feel free to read and to leave your comments through my links above…

that would helps..

yours,..

hazem al..

11:34 AM Oct 10 2009 |

govindkukrani

India

hi i want to learn to speak fluent english
regards
govind, ahmedabad, india

02:40 PM Oct 01 2009 |

mickee85

mickee85

Philippines

She's so sexy and beautiful. I love her songs and music videos… she's clever.

09:11 AM Oct 01 2009 |

seb74

Turkey

Hello everone!
I’m Seb and now I live in Australia.

10:16 AM Aug 27 2009 |

Elonc!TA

Elonc!TA

Taiwan

She is so gorgeous :D
I kissed a girl is really a special song ,im love it <333
and Waking up in Vegas is just amazing ^^
I love her to death :*

02:36 AM Jul 15 2009 |

Mrs.HoneyBoo

Denmark

its just a dance-hit and dats it))
she is making money, guys) and everyone in dat world have freedom to do ur own choice, if u like dis music-enjoy it. if not-turn off, and relax)

05:19 AM May 21 2009 |

maryfrommars

Ukraine

hmm..i think Katy is a good singer and performer, and all her songs are so catchy,that you can`t stop listenning them again and again,and sing along with Perry => that`s the main reason why Katy Perry is so controversial nowadays 

07:24 PM Mar 11 2009 |

Sawdestination

Mexico

By the way, I´m not one of her fans… ok?

10:36 PM Mar 10 2009 |

Sawdestination

Mexico

First of all, in this hard times is really difficult to stay in the spotlight where all bands and singers offers always the same garbage. If you have noted most of the bands or singers seems to be same, there´s no difference in most of the them and usually only survive until the second album.

Kate Perry has armed a really good way to be popular than being the "crazy b*h". In fact she is kind of childish more than disturbing. She´s so funny. She doesn´t pretend to be a role model, and we have to understand that bands or singers are not models to be followed!! And besides Perry is not a lesbian!!! So she´s playing (a well-acted) her role as a pop singer.

10:36 PM Mar 10 2009 |

aatif

Pakistan

its very good learn for me about music thanks kety

01:09 PM Mar 01 2009 |

Marventrian

Portugal

I really don't think "I kissed the girl" should be controversial… are so many songs so much "dangerous"... girls would go do it with or without this music ^^'

12:22 PM Feb 28 2009 |

binnee

South Korea

It’s just not my taste and I think her lyric kind of reveal her private thought..that she used to have in mind

07:38 AM Feb 28 2009 |

binnee

South Korea

It’s just not my taste and I think her lyric kind of reveal her private thought..that she used to have in mind

07:38 AM Feb 28 2009 |

binnee

South Korea

It’s just not my taste and I think her lyric kind of reveal her private thought..that she used to have in mind

07:38 AM Feb 28 2009 |

Li Lei

China

1. This is a market behavior, as to us, this is a new way to know this music style,but doesn`t mean we could do it.

2. More popular ,easier out. So "girl kiss a girl(or many)"must be a times product, if we follow this style,we must be hurt at last.

3. as to me ,i choose a bright way for my life.

03:20 PM Feb 27 2009 |

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