The Reading / Listening - K-pop - Level 2

South Korean pop music (K-pop) is now very popular worldwide. In the past few years, the boy band BTS has had a lot of success in America and Europe. They became the first K-pop band to have a number one song on the US music charts. The popularity of K-pop has caused big record labels to put more money into Korean bands. The world's biggest music label, Universal Music Group, will join a live-streaming music platform set up by Korea's biggest record labels. Universal will invest in Big Hit Entertainment. This is the company that BTS belongs to.



Universal has teamed up with the label YG Entertainment. The girl band BLACKPINK may be YG's next global success. YG said: "We will work closely with…Universal…globally for the successful…debut and promotion of BLACKPINK. In addition, we will do our best to help other YG artists to break through into the North American and European markets." YG added: "Real talent rises above culture and language and has no boundaries. Through this partnership we feel we can truly showcase our artists' potential on a bigger scale. We look forward to what's to come in the future."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    K-pop - Level 0 K-pop - Level 1   or  K-pop - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-55993098
  • https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/universal-signs-k-pop-girl-band-to-interscope-can-they-repeat-bts-success/
  • https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/universal-music-group-joins-forces-with-k-pop-labels-for-livestreaming-platform-40073719.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. K-pop is now very popular
  2. In the past few
  3. BTS has had a lot of
  4. the first K-pop band to have a
  5. on the US music
  6. The popularity
  7. The world's biggest music
  8. This is the company that
  1. number one song
  2. label
  3. BTS belongs to
  4. of K-pop
  5. success in America
  6. worldwide
  7. charts
  8. years

Paragraph 2

  1. Universal has teamed
  2. girl
  3. We will work
  4. help other YG artists to break
  5. Real talent rises
  6. truly showcase our artists'
  7. on a bigger
  8. what's to come
  1. closely with Universal
  2. above culture
  3. in the future
  4. up with the label YG
  5. scale
  6. band
  7. potential
  8. through

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

South Korean pop music (K-pop) is (1) ___________________ worldwide. In the (2) ___________________, the boy band BTS has had a lot of success in America and Europe. They became the first K-pop band to (3) ___________________ one song on the US music charts. The popularity of K-pop has caused big record labels to put (4) ___________________ Korean bands. The world's biggest music label, Universal Music Group, will join a live-streaming music platform (5) ___________________ Korea's biggest record labels. Universal will invest in Big Hit Entertainment. This is the company that (6) ___________________.

Universal has (7) ___________________ the label YG Entertainment. The girl band BLACKPINK may be YG's next global success. YG said: "We will (8) ___________________ …Universal…globally for the successful…debut and promotion of BLACKPINK. In addition, we will (9) ___________________ to help other YG artists to break through into the North American and European markets." YG added: "Real talent rises above culture and language and (10) ___________________. Through this partnership we feel we can truly showcase our artists' (11) ___________________ bigger scale. We look forward to what's to come (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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stfewyears,theboybandBTShashadalotofsuccessinAmericaandEuro
pe.TheybecamethefirstK-popbandtohaveanumberonesongontheU
Smusiccharts.ThepopularityofK-pophascausedbigrecordlabelstopu
tmoremoneyintoKoreanbands.Theworld'sbiggestmusiclabel,Univer
salMusicGroup,willjoinalive-streamingmusicplatformsetupbyKorea'
sbiggestrecordlabels.UniversalwillinvestinBigHitEntertainment.This
isthecompanythatBTSbelongsto.Universalhasteamedupwiththelab
elYGEntertainment.ThegirlbandBLACKPINKmaybeYG'snextglobals
uccess.YGsaid:"Wewillworkcloselywith…Universal…globallyforthes
uccessful…debutandpromotionofBLACKPINK.Inaddition,wewilldoou
rbesttohelpotherYGartiststobreakthroughintotheNorthAmericanan
dEuropeanmarkets."YGadded:"Realtalentrisesabovecultureandlan
guageandhasnoboundaries.Throughthispartnershipwefeelwecantru
lyshowcaseourartists'potentialonabiggerscale.Welookforwardtowh
at'stocomeinthefuture."

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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