The Rise of K-Pop 韓國流行音樂如何征服全球 From The Kim Sisters to BTS, this is the story of how K-pop took over the world.
K-pop is a worldwide sensation▼. From LA to Taipei to Europe to Australia and beyond, Korean pop music is on the radio and taking over streaming services. But if you think K-pop is a recent development, think again. This is a trend that’s been building for decades.
Our story begins with The Kim Sisters, the first South Korean group to make it big overseas. The sisters were Sue, Aija, and Mia. In the 1950s, as a way to support their family, the girls sang American songs in Seoul nightclubs▼ to American soldiers. American producer Tom Ball saw them in 1958 and knew he had to bring them to the US.
In 1959, the sisters arrived in the US and started performing in Las Vegas. They found success in nightclubs and even sang on national television. In 1962, they covered a song by The Coasters called “Charlie Brown.” It reached number seven on the Billboard singles chart. With that, The Kim Sisters were the first huge Asian singing success in the US. Little did the ladies know they had started what would become a huge trend.
1. worldwide a. 遍及全球的
This song has gained worldwide popularity over the past few months.
* popularity n. 流行
2. trend n. 潮流；趨勢
Mona reads fashion magazines to keep up with the latest fashion trends.
3. decade n. 十年
The standard of living in this country has improved over the past two decades.
4. make it big 闖出名聲；成名，成功
In Hollywood, everyone wants to make it big, but only a few succeed.
5. overseas adv. 在國外
Maggie moved overseas as soon as she finished high school.
6. support vt. 扶養，養活
Martin’s income is barely enough for him to support his family.
7. soldier n. 軍人，士兵
It is said that Thai boxing was created by soldiers over 500 years ago.
8. cover vt. 翻唱
That singer covered some classic songs on her new album.
▼sensation n. 轟動；感覺 ▼nightclub n. 夜店
Little did the ladies know they had started what would become a huge trend.
1. little（幾乎不）為否定副詞，置於句首時，其後的主詞與動詞需倒裝。由此可知，本句的 Little did the ladies know... 為否定副詞 little 移至句首所形成的倒裝句，原句實等於 The ladies little knew (that)...。 例 Little did I expect that Jack would fall in love with Mary.
= I little expected that Jack would fall in love with Mary.
2. 除了 little 外，其他常見的否定副詞如 hardly（幾乎不）、rarely（很少）、seldom（不常，很少）以及 never（絕不；從來沒有）等置於句首時，後面的句子也採倒裝句構。 例 Hardly does Marvin listen to pop music.
馬文幾乎很少聽流行音樂。 例 Rarely can you see an owl flying during the day.