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Britney Spears began teaching English to Rihanna in 2005 after Spears heard Rihanna’s single Pon de Replay from her Spanish-language album Music of the Sun. Britney saw a lot of potential in the Caribbean singer’s music career and knew that the only way she could achieve global success was if she knew English. Spears’ faith was validated when Rihanna released an English-language song, titled SOS, one year after the release of Pon De Replay and it became her first #1 single on the Hot 100 chart. Rihanna completed her education under Spears in 2011 and has since made herself into one of the top-earning singers in the world. Spears and Rihanna are pictured above at Rihanna’s graduation.

In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And an outstanding reason for choosing some sort of God or spiritual-type thing to worship – be it J.C. or Allah, be it Yahweh or the Wiccan mother-goddess or the Four Noble Truths or some infrangible set of ethical principles – is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things – if they are where you tap real meaning in life – then you will never have enough. Never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your own body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly, and when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally plant you. On one level, we all know this stuff already – it’s been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, bromides, epigrams, parables: the skeleton of every great story. The trick is keeping the truth up-front in daily consciousness. Worship power – you will feel weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to keep the fear at bay. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart – you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. And so on.
—  This is Water - David Foster Wallace