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Music

Rapping For The Party
In his baseball cap and baggy yellow t-shirt, the rap star Li Yijie - better known by his stage name “Pissy” - is an unlikely face of China’s strait-laced ruling Communist Party. is group, Tianfu Shibian, has won fans and the support of the party’s youth league with songs like “Force of Red” and “This is China” that chime with President Xi Jinping’s nationalist vision of China and its place in the world. (Music, millennials, politics, Communist Party.)
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Square Dancing Disturbance
Chinese-style square dancing is becoming much more popular for the elderly, with millions taking to parks and plazas across China, swiveling their hips and rolling their arms - but it's not to everyone's liking.
Intermediate
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Beautiful Noise
Whether playing in a symphony orchestra or a rock concert, professional musicians may have almost four times the risk of hearing loss as their audience does.
Upper-Intermediate
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The Beatles Leap Online
"The Beatles: Rock Band," marks the legendary band's first leap into selling their music digitally leading to much speculation on which songs would be used. For years, the Beatles' catalog of songs has not been available anywhere on Web sites such as iTunes. (Video games, music, The Beatles, modal passives.)
Intermediate
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Madonna
The key to Madonna's enduring appeal has been to stay one step ahead of the game in the famously fickle world of pop...the performer announced on Wednesday that she and British film director Guy Ritchie were divorcing...But it is not just stamina and determination that have got the singer to where she is today. Perhaps more than anything else it is her ability to reinvent herself. (Madonna, entertainment.)
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Too Busy to Write
Ringo Starr, the drummer from the Beatles, is asking fans to stop writing to him. He doesn't want fans to send him letters and requests for autographs. (Ringo Starr, fans and fan mail, do/don't used for imperatives and emphasis.)
Elementary
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Real Music by Real Musicians
Forget manufactured pop. After suffering a surfeit of Reality TV shows that propelled instantly forgettable stars into the charts, British music fans have had enough. Durability is the new buzzword as the British music business hands out its annual awards after a buoyant year. (Music trends, manufactured bands, popstars, make a choice, understanding the main idea, guessing words from context, presenting a summary, phrasal verbs, giving an opinion.)
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The Most Powerful Man In Music
The new album is nearly here, and U2's lead singer Bono is the most powerful man in music, and not just because of his singing, says a poll of top music business people. (Bono and U2, music and politics, reading for overall understanding, reading for detail, true or false, because, gap fill, word find puzzle.)
Elementary
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Move Over, Karaoke
Frustrated actors have a new outlet for their creative urges that until now was only available to their singing cousins -- Movieoke, Karaoke's cinematic sibling. (Movieoke, entertainment, skimming, comprehension, completing a flowchart, true, false or not given, guessing vocabulary using the context, a,an,the, checking a summary, matching game - famous lines from movies, survey.)
Intermediate
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These Music Lovers Are Turkeys
Britain's farming union has released a chill-out album of different sounds to help turkeys keep calm in the understandably stressful run-up to being eaten. (Farming, animals, meat, scanning, true or false, working out unfamiliar words, summarizing, Farm Animal Sounds Game, Completing a Picture game, zero conditional, discussion.)
Intermediate
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Feeling Weird?
Mysteriously snuffed out candles, weird sensations and shivers down the spine may not be due to the presence of ghosts in haunted houses but to very low frequency sound that is inaudible to humans. (Scientific experiments, ghosts and the supernatural, categorizing words, discussion, understanding the main idea, sequencing, comprehension, true or false, summarizing, writing a story, listening to a story, ghost stories, identifying grammatical errors, pair crossword.)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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How To Spot The Hit
Picking the next worldwide hit song could soon be as easy as running a software program that is designed to spot the hits before they are released. (Hit songs, record companies, predicting using a headline, correcting mistakes, complete the information, writing questions, talking about music game, infinitive of purpose, role play.)
Intermediate
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Music Sales Sinking
Slumping music sales left the recording industry with a whopping New Year's hangover, but rap star Eminem has plenty to celebrate. (Music sales in 2002, talking about music, summarizing the main idea, jigsaw reading, multiple choice questions, reading interview with hip-hop musician, Michael Franti, discussion, writing a statistical report.)
Advanced
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Ecstasy Warning
Ecstasy, the popular "club drug" favored by young partygoers, may damage the same brain cells hurt in Parkinson's disease, U.S. researchers said. (Effects of using Ecstasy, ordering ideas, information gap fill, inference, true or false, word families, discussion, persuasive essay topic, role play.)
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You Can't Copy That!
A copyright dispute over two pieces of silence, one by American avant-garde composer John Cage and the other by a composer best known for novelty tunes, has been settled. (Plagiarism and copyright, music, scanning, guessing words in context, true or false, headlines, the expression: It was one of the most...I've ever..., discussion.)
Upper-Intermediate
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A Different Taste in Music
Two brothers who perform all kinds of music using vegetable instruments and a vegetable orchestra. (Music, vegetables, puns, common suffixes, China, Austria.)
Intermediate
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That's My Kind of Music
Boston transit police have enlisted the late American composers George Gershwin and John Philip Sousa in their fight against crime. (Using music as a deterrent, classifying words, guessing meanings in context, scanning, using the verb 'have' in the continuous tense.)
Intermediate
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No More Recorders!
The humble recorder, played by generations of schoolchildren, has received an unwelcome blow when researchers revealed the average child hates it. (The recorder and other musical instruments, musical preferences, finding the main idea, synonyms, writing questions, expository essays, role play--making excuses, finding grammatical mistakes.)
Intermediate
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Karaoke
This is about new technology that could give even the most tone-deaf karaoke crooner perfect pitch. It adjusts sing-along music automatically to the pitch and tempo best-suited to an individual singer. Good news for singers and listeners! (Technology, music, entertainment, survey, role play, nouns used as adjectives.)
Intermediate
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High on Music
Thailand has some new recruits for its war against the country's narcotics problem -- a team of convicts jailed for drug offenses have formed the country's first ever prison choir. (Talking about music and its effect on behavior, comparing things, debating.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Drummed Out
London's theater district could lose a popular musical because of local resident complaints that the show is too noisy. The show's producer first thought it was a joke. "Here we are in the middle of the West End playing a musical and they're saying it's too loud... But if anyone buys a place in the West End, they must understand they are not going to have peace, quiet and tranquillity." (Live performances, theater, conflicting rights, South Africa, London's West End, reviews, use of 'if'.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Heavy Metal Music
Two New Zealand pensioners were surprised to find themselves surrounded by 1,500 head banging heavy metallers at a concert by Dallas heavy metal group Pantera after winning concert tickets in a newspaper competition. (Music, age, language describing ages.)
Pre-Intermediate
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What did you say?
Young people who suffered from frequent ear infections as children may risk hearing loss if they use personal stereo headphones. (Health, hearing loss, loud music, headphones)
Upper-Intermediate
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Not Music To My Ears
An Australian shopping center has found a novel way to deter teenage loiterers -- playing loud Bing Crosby music. (Teenagers, Bing Crosby, music, Australian slang)
Intermediate
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The Birthplace of the Beatles
This is about that group who have released a new collection of their number one hits called "1"! (The Beatles, road signs, music)
Intermediate
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