The Reading / Listening - Mariah Carey - Level 2

American singer Mariah Carey is number one in the U.S. music charts with her song "All I Want For Christmas Is You". The festive best seller was first released 25 years ago. When the song first came out in 1994, it was on a record with other songs, so it could not be in Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Rules have been changed over the years. The song has got near number one several times. Ms Carey was very happy her song finally hit the top spot. She tweeted: "We did it". The song is also the most streamed song in the U.K. on the music streaming service Spotify.



Mariah Carey was born in 1969. She is a singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and businesswoman. She is the solo artist with the most number ones in the U.S. chart. She has 19 number ones - just one behind The Beatles. The Guinness World Records book said she has a unique voice. She can sing in five different octaves. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is an essential tune at Christmas parties and family get-togethers. Wikipedia said: "It is an up-tempo love song that includes...heavy back-up vocals and synthesizers....It is the most played holiday song in modern history."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Mariah Carey - Level 0 Mariah Carey - Level 1   or  Mariah Carey - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.nme.com/news/music/mariah-careys-all-i-want-for-christmas-is-you-is-finally-us-number-one-after-25-years-2588214
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_I_Want_for_Christmas_Is_You
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50818039


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. number one in the U.S.
  2. first released
  3. Rules have been changed
  4. The song has got near
  5. several
  6. her song finally hit the
  7. the most streamed
  8. the music streaming
  1. song
  2. number one
  3. service Spotify
  4. music charts
  5. top spot
  6. 25 years ago
  7. times
  8. over the years

Paragraph 2

  1. Mariah Carey was
  2. record
  3. She is the solo artist with the
  4. She has 19
  5. she has a unique
  6. an essential tune
  7. parties and family get-
  8. the most played holiday song
  1. in modern history
  2. number ones
  3. at Christmas
  4. producer
  5. togethers
  6. born in 1969
  7. voice
  8. most number ones

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

American singer Mariah Carey is (1) ___________________ the U.S. music charts with her song "All I Want For Christmas Is You". The (2) ___________________ was first released 25 years ago. When the song first came out in 1994, it was (3) ___________________ with other songs, so it could not be in Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Rules have been changed (4) ___________________. The song has got near number one several times. Ms Carey was very happy her song finally hit (5) ___________________. She tweeted: "We did it". The song is also the most (6) ___________________ the U.K. on the music streaming service Spotify.

Mariah Carey was born in 1969. She (7) ___________________, songwriter, actor, record producer, and businesswoman. She is the (8) ___________________ the most number ones in the U.S. chart. She has 19 number ones - (9) ___________________ The Beatles. The Guinness World Records book said she has a unique voice. She can sing in (10) ___________________. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is an essential tune at Christmas parties and family get-togethers. Wikipedia said: "It is (11) ___________________ song that includes...heavy (12) ___________________ synthesizers....It is the most played holiday song in modern history."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AmericansingerMariahCareyisnumberoneintheU.S.musicchartswith
hersong"AllIWantForChristmasIsYou".Thefestivebestsellerwasfirstr
eleased25yearsago.Whenthesongfirstcameoutin1994,itwasonarec
ordwithothersongs,soitcouldnotbeinBillboard'sHot100chart.Rulesh
avebeenchangedovertheyears.Thesonghasgotnearnumberoneseve
raltimes.MsCareywasveryhappyhersongfinallyhitthetopspot.Shetw
eeted:"Wedidit".ThesongisalsothemoststreamedsongintheU.K.ont
hemusicstreamingserviceSpotify.MariahCareywasbornin1969.Shei
sasinger,songwriter,actor,recordproducer,andbusinesswoman.She
isthesoloartistwiththemostnumberonesintheU.S.chart.Shehas19nu
mberones-justonebehindTheBeatles.TheGuinnessWorldRecordsb
ooksaidshehasauniquevoice.Shecansinginfivedifferentoctaves."AllI
WantForChristmasIsYou"isanessentialtuneatChristmaspartiesandf
amilyget-togethers.Wikipediasaid:"Itisanup-tempolovesongthati
ncludes...heavyback-upvocalsandsynthesizers....Itisthemostplaye
dholidaysonginmodernhistory."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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