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dateline: 09 October 2012

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“Gangnam Style” Artist To Release English Single

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • single: one song
  • to go viral: to spread widely in a short amount of time
  • K-pop: Korean pop music
  • to have one’s work cut out: to have a lot of work to do
  • hip: cool; modern
  • lavish: rich

“Gangnam Style” Artist To Release English Single

South Korean rapper Psy, whose Korean “Gangnam Style” went viral this year, is planning to release his next single in English this November. Psy’s music video “Gangnam Style” has over 400 million views on YouTube. This September Guinness World Records recognized “Gangnam Style” as the “most music video on YouTube”. Psy is the first K-pop artist to ever top the UK charts. He says he has his work cut out for him because his video is more than his name. Psy plans to release his next song in English, hoping that it will help him achieve success overseas. The term “Gangnam Style” refers to a hip and lavish lifestyle of people in the Gangnam of Seoul.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Psy?
  2. Why is Psy’s next single going to be in English?
  3. What does the term “Gangnam Style” refer to?

Discussion Question: Why do you think the “Gangnam Style” video went viral around the world? Do you think this music video would have been this popular if it had been recorded in English?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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