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Lady Gaga in Vegas

Published: 12.22.2017
Level 4   |   Time: 2:38
Accent: British
Source: BBC Global News Podcast (12.20.2017)

Lady Gaga has signed a deal to perform in Las Vegas for the next two years.


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triangle Directions

  1. REVIEW the vocabulary.
  2. LISTEN to the audio.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • residency [n] - living in a place
  • rite of passage [exp] - an event symbolizing a person transition to another stage in life
  • following in the footsteps [exp] - do the same (important) thing as someone else
  • the Rat Pack [n] - a group of famous singers who lived in Las Vegas in the 1960s
  • idolize [v] - admire
  • dates [n] - concerts
  • heritage [n] - history
  • step into [phv] - enter
  • delighted [adj] - very happy
  • out of action [exp] - not performing or working
  • a chronic illness [n] - a sickness that last for a long time
  • fibromyalgia [n] - a chronic illness with muscle and joint pain
  • the Grammys [n] - an American musical award
  • a tour [n] - a series of concerts

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Questions

  1. According to the host, what other famous singers used to live in Las Vegas?
    Elvis Presley
    Frank Sinatra
    Celine Dion

  2. Which three Lady Gaga songs does the host mention?
    Poker Face
    Just Dance
    The Edge of Glory
    Born This Way
    Bad Romance

  3. How old is Lady Gaga (at the time of this boradcast)?

  4. How many shows will Lady Gaga peform in Las Vegas over the next two years?

  5. How much money will Lady Gaga likely earn per concert?
    1 million dollars
    1.5 million dollars
    10 millon dollars

  6. What Rat Pack singers does the reporter mention?
    Britney Spears
    Frank Sinatra
    Jennifer Lopez
    Tony Bennett
    George Michael

  7. What contemporary singers also live in Las Vegas?
    Britney Spears
    Frank Sinatra
    Jennifer Lopez
    Tony Bennett
    George Michael

  8. According to the reporter, which group of fans are happier about this news?
    her American fans
    her European fans
    her world fans
    her young fans

  9. Why did Lady Gaga postpone many concerts in Europe this year?
    She moved to Las Vegas.
    She has a long-term illness.
    She didn't win many awards.

  10. Why does staying in one place make a lot of sense for Lady Gaga?
    She can earn more money.
    She can focus more on her next album.
    It is easier to manage her illness.

  11. What are some signs that her popularity is dropping?
    She hasn't been nominated for many awards recently.
    She has canceled many of her concerts.
    She has stopped making new albums.

  12. How many albums has Lady Gaga already released?

  13. What did Elton John do while he was in Las Vegas?
    He performed mainly in Las Vegas with some international concerts.
    He wrote many of his most famous songs.
    He stopped performing in international concerts.

triangle Script

Finally, for many of America's singing greats, a residency in Las Vegas has been somewhat of a rite of passage. Now following in the footsteps of Elvis Presley, Franks Sinatra and many others comes Lady Gaga.

That was Lady Gaga with some of her biggest hits: Born This Way, Bad Romance and the aptly named Poker Face. The U.S. singer, whose 31, is to perform 74 concerts over a two year period starting late next year reportedly earning more than one million dollars per show. But why now.? Mark Savage is our music reporter.

Lady Gaga has always been fascinated by the Rat Pack era of Las Vegas. She did an album of duets with Tony Bennett. She's always idolized Frank Sinatra and the singers that her father listened to when she was growing up. So for her, this is kind of stepping into that tradition and when she announced these dates, it was those artists that she referenced, not Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears who were more her contemporaries and also have Las Vegas residences. She wants to be part of that heritage.

And want to have her fans been saying about it? Has there been some negativity saying perhaps she shouldn't be doing this at this stage?

Her fans in America are delighted because it kind of means she's based there for the next two years. Over in Europe and the rest of the world, I think there's a bit more of a concern that she's going to be out of action or she's going to concentrate on that side of her career. But having said that, people who follow her very closely and have seen the documentary she put out this year are very aware that Lady Gaga has a long term chronic illness called fibromyalgia, which causes a lot of muscle pain and joint pain. It led her to postpone dozens of dates in Europe earlier this year which have now been rescheduled for 2018. And I think in terms of managing that condition staying in one place having a residency in Vegas makes an awful lot of sense.

But there's no doubt that she's not the force she was five years ago. She's not been nominated for a lot of Grammys for her recent album Jo-Anne. She's not on the front page of the paper every day in a ridiculous costume. But having said that, she’s agreed initially to do 74 dates over two years. I know she's at work on her sixth album. So I think what she will probably do is balance the dates in Vegas with promotional tours and concert dates elsewhere in the world, which is what Elton John did when he was in Vegas and what a lot of other artists do.

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