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Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox

Date: May 11 2009

Themes: News

Grammar: Third Conditional

Intro

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You know you’ve really made it as a musician once you get to put out a greatest hits album. After five Top 10 albums, Annie Lennox is finally there. Earlier this year, the Scottish singer released The Annie Lennox Collection. The album includes two new songs as well as 12 classic tunes from Lennox’s nearly 20-year career.

Actually, Lennox has been around for even longer than that. Before starting her solo career, she was in the Eurythmics. Their first big hit, “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” came out in 1983 and went on to become a hit again when covered by Marilyn Mason.

Beren didn’t think she’d see Annie Lennox release a greatest hits album, but Marni knew all along.

Dialog

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Beren

Beren

Marni

Marni

Beren:  If you’d told me back in the 80s that Annie Lennox would still be around today, I would not have believed you.

Marni:  Really? I’m not surprised. I think she had staying power.

Beren:  She has been named one of the best singers of all time by VH1 and Rolling Stone…

Marni:  Yeah.

Beren:  But I definitely think just her solo career…I mean, it just sounds so dated to me. But that could just be a personal preference, ‘cause I think the Eurythmics actually have a lot of staying power, you know?

Marni:  Yeah, I can see that. And I think there’s probably a lot of bands that were influenced by the Eurythmics. But I think she does have an incredible voice.

Beren:  Isn’t she kind of known for her activism?

Marni:  She is, yeah. She and…I think she and Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics donated a lot of money to Greenpeace and Amnesty International. And I know she’s also a spokesperson for the campaign to help Burma.

Beren:  Oh, wow. She’s speaking out.

 

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Discussion

Beren is surprised by how much staying power Annie Lennox has. To her, Lennox’s music sounds a little dated. But she agrees that Lennox has a good voice. Both Beren and Marni like Lennox’s old band, the Eurythmics.

Marni also admires Annie Lennox for her activism. It’s not uncommon for celebrities like Lennox to promote their favorite charities and causes. Some, like Angelina Jolie and Bono, are even able to influence politicians and create change. In 2005, Bono was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize!

Do you think celebrities should speak out about political issues? What cause would you like to be a spokesperson for?

 

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eldy

Uzbekistan

I love her though don't know much about her, i love her 'i saved the world' and 'sweet dreams', amazing voice, very talented and now when i know she's a social activist i respect her even more!

03:09 AM Oct 12 2009 |

Hey_babe

Hey_babe

Oman

hello dear

06:41 PM May 17 2009 |

soulaimanjarwa

Syrian Arab Republic

pleas i want learn english can u help me

03:08 PM May 17 2009 |

annieanna

annieanna

China

 

i have never sound of her !from the introduction ,i think she is a extraordinaly girl ~~

06:09 AM May 16 2009 |

songminyuan

China

Oh, I can not follow them

01:00 AM May 16 2009 |

songminyuan

China

Oh, I can not follow them

01:00 AM May 16 2009 |

songminyuan

China

Oh, I can not follow them

01:00 AM May 16 2009 |

xiaojunchy

xiaojunchy

China

Rufita,
I choose your recommended --sweet dream.
Wow.Tks,it’s very classical.

03:16 PM May 15 2009 |

kukuka

kukuka

Ukraine

I don't beleive in celebrities' good intensions. Do you know what is paved with good intensions?

It's just sort of PR. They need good PR they recall starving children in africa. I think its immoral.

08:30 AM May 15 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I have no vocation to be a “spokesperson” hehe,so I prefer to be just a listener :D

11:23 PM May 14 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

In some ways yes…Because the celebrities has direct access on the media! And generally,their voices are heard ;)

11:08 PM May 14 2009 |

tamago

tamago

Japan

and where is Dave Stewart ?

I often listened to his solo album .

it was quiet good Wink 

09:44 AM May 14 2009 |

kukuka

kukuka

Ukraine

Annie Lennox is just an amazing singer. One of the best of the bestest.

08:03 AM May 14 2009 |

susu afroo

susu afroo

Eritrea

yes ,I think cellebs should speak out for political issues coz they are under the spot ligh and thier opinions would be taken  seriously ,And I would like to be a spokesperson for lots of causes like Education and Healthcoz Every one in this planet should have good Health care and better Education for free and world peace.

04:03 PM May 13 2009 |

Mira_Memoir

Egypt

I agree with you Ca_Brazil. You are right, celebrities should help, but sometimes they abuse their celebrity and promote for causes of personal interest to them. So, if they just help the poor and the hungry like you said, that would be really great.

09:48 AM May 13 2009 |

Mira_Memoir

Egypt

I agree with you Ca_Brazil. You are right, celebrities should help, but sometimes they abuse their celebrity and promote for causes of personal interest to them. So, if they just help the poor and the hungry like you said, that would be really great.

09:47 AM May 13 2009 |

hahalee777

China

Thanks

09:22 AM May 13 2009 |

hahalee777

China

Very happy meet you at here verybody

09:22 AM May 13 2009 |

Sum Lee

China

Hard but i can make it!

08:42 AM May 13 2009 |

abuazzaam11

Barbados

good thanks

05:16 AM May 13 2009 |

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