Frequently Asked Questions about Kpopalypse roundup

As Kpopalypse roundup has become more and more popular, people have been asking a lot of questions about it.  It’s usually the same questions all the time, so I’ve collected all the most common questions and answers into this one short post so I can lazily link people who ask these questions instead of typing out an answer every time!  Yay!

What is Kpopalypse roundup?

Kpopalypse roundup is a weekly series that’s tied specifically to the Kpopalypse radio show, where I run through each of the new releases that I played on the radio show on that day, and what I think of them.

Why does Kpopalypse roundup exist?

Near the end of 2015, I was looking for ways to include more content in Kpopalypse blog without significantly increasing my overall blogging workload.  Waiting a whole year for my yearly lists to appear to find out what I think of new songs certainly annoyed readers who wanted to know what I thought about certain songs sooner and would ask me all the time about each new song that came out.  Why they give a fuck is another matter entirely, but the fact remains that for whatever reason, they do.  However, every other fucking blog ever does song reviews, and I didn’t want to lose the unique flavour of what makes Kpopalypse blog what it is, have new content replace existing postings, or for me to copy or double-up on content that you can get on other blog sites without making it uniquely Kpopalypse somehow.  Since I used to post a selection of new k-pop videos on the Kpopalypse facebook page after each radio show, I decided to stop doing that and instead to post the videos on this blog and do ultra-short reviews of each one.

Your reviews of the songs are honestly kind of crap?  Why?

I deliberately make the reviews as thoughtless as possible.  This is mainly due to time constraints, but also it’s an acknowledgement of the fact that readers shouldn’t place any importance on my opinions of the songs anyway.  It takes me about ten seconds to write each one, up to a minute maximum if I’m writing something long-ish.  Unlike other websites I’m really not interested in trying to get others to agree with my opinion, readers should consume my opinions as entertainment/information only.

Are your write-ups really the way you feel about the songs, or are you just trying to be edgy?

Yes this is the way I feel about the songs at the time I heard them.  However feelings can change over time!  I may feel slightly differently about a song but the time the end-of-year lists roll around, but I don’t usually have a complete 180 degrees about-face of opinion.  It’s Australian humour which means it’s blunt humour rather than edgy seriousness, people who read the posts as “edgy” are misreading the tone of the writing completely.  Bluntness is the opposite of sharp edges!

How come you don’t actually write whether you like or dislike certain songs?

One of these reasons:

  • The only interesting thing I could find to say about the song wasn’t whether I liked it or not, but something else
  • The song itself didn’t make much of an impression on me
  • I haven’t made my mind up about it
  • To annoy you
  • Just because

I don’t understand why Kpopalypse roundup is so popular, then.  Is it really that popular?

Yes!  My web traffic now routinely spikes every Monday when the roundup appears.  I’m mystified by the popularity also.  People seem to like it for different reasons.  Some people read it for the reviews themselves and don’t even care about the songs, others read it just to catch up on what came out during the week in k-pop that was noteworthy, as an alternative to trawling through certain inferior sites that shall not be named here, and don’t even read the rubbish that I write.  Then there’s those readers in the middle who enjoy both the silly reviews and the recap of the week’s k-pop material.

What are the “bonus songs” in Kpoalypse roundup?

These are extra songs that also came out in roughly the same week, that for whatever reason I didn’t play on the radio show.

Why would a song wind up in “bonus songs” instead of the main section of the roundup?

One of these reasons:

  • I couldn’t find the audio for it in time for the radio show
  • The song wasn’t good enough/notable enough to get on the radio show
  • Just because

I can’t believe you played [song x] on the show instead of putting it in “bonus songs”, it’s rubbish!  Why did you play it?

One of these reasons:

  • Even though I don’t like the song, I felt that radio listeners might enjoy it
  • The song met standards of notoriety/amusing content
  • To annoy you
  • Just because

How come there was a week with no “bonus songs”?

It was probably a week where the radio show didn’t go to air.  This is rare, but in these circumstances, all songs listed are technically “bonus songs” as none of them were played on-air.

What is the “special retro bonus song”?

I sometimes pick one song that is older and throw a review of it at the end of the roundup.  This song may or may not be a song played on the radio show, this is just for the entertainment of blog readers.

A k-pop song came out that I really wanted to see you write about, but you didn’t cover it in the roundup at all!  Why?

One of these reasons:

  • I wasn’t aware of its existence (feel free to alert me via ask.fm if you believe I may have forgotten)
  • It came out just before the show was about to go to air, so I’m saving it for next week’s show
  • I don’t have audio for it but I do intend to play it, so rather than throwing it in with the bonus songs now, I’m holding off until audio arrives
  • I’m saving it for another purpose, such as Kpopalypse Nugu Alert
  • Just because

Can I request for you to play a song on the radio?

Yes!  See the radio show page for information on how to do this.  However requests will never feature in the Kpopalypse roundups unless they’re also new releases that I was going to play anyway.

I want to know all the songs that you played on a specific show.

Go to the radio station playlist page, which lists all shows in order, and all tracks played.

I’m trying to find a specific Kpopalypse roundup, and your roundups are not in the site index!  Help!

Go to the radio station playlist page, the link to each roundup is in the date heading.  I suggest doing CTRL+F and searching by artist or song title, if the song is in the first half of the list it probably also got into the roundup for that week.  You can also use the roundup tag to search through roundups.

Why aren’t your roundups in the site index?

Unlike almost all the other content of Kpopalypse blog, the roundups aren’t content that I consider important for the long-term.  The roundups are really just there to satisfy the in-the-moment curiosity of readers and provide entertainment.  Hence I don’t curate these posts are carefully as other posts, I (usually) don’t fix typos or embedded videos that break, and I don’t consider the roundup posts important enough to be in with the “main” part of what I do as a blog writer.

Can I request a “special retro bonus song”?

No.  These are always my own random picks!

Why are you such a rude cunt?

Due to Australian broadcasting regulations that govern radio content I can’t be rude on-air and I don’t want to fill up the radio show with a bunch of talking anyway, so I’m rude in my blog instead.  Hopefully you will find this entertaining, but if not then may I politely suggest that rather than offend yourself unnecessarily, you source your song reviews from any one of the thousands of other k-pop blog review sites out there that are less rude than this one?

Can I be a guest reviewer on Kpopalypse roundup?

I am not currently accepting offers, but I may approach you if I think you would be a good fit.

What is KRIMBF, IKRYBF?

See The Kpopalypse Lexicon for the meaning of any unusual terms used by Kpopalypse.

Do you actually listen to all this fucking garbage?

Yes.

Do you hate k-pop?  It seems like you just hate everything sometimes.

I love k-pop, or I wouldn’t even bother with any of this.  However I also don’t have rose-coloured glasses about it – I am honest about how k-pop, like all popular culture, complies with Sturgeon’s Law.

Does writing the roundup take forever? 

Yes, but I work on it in small sections during the week, so it’s not so arduous.

Is writing the roundup really boring?

Yes, but it’s still less boring than having to give my opinions about new k-pop songs on ask.fm over and over.

Do you sometimes take a break from roundup?

Yes.  Roundup does not get published at the end of the year, at these times the yearly best/worst lists get published instead.

Where do you find your new music?

I don’t use k-pop news sites at all.  I do subscribe to a lot of YouTube channels.  Also caonimas are often very helpful in letting me know about new debuting groups.

How do you select header images?

The header images of Kpopalypse roundup match the header images of the Kpopalypse facebook page, which changes each week.  The facebook header images (and from 2015, the roundup) have been selected using the following criteria:

2012: random idols
2013: random idols
2014: random groups
2015: random idols
2016: random groups
2017: scan-dol of the week

Up until 2017 the gender usually changed each week.  In 2017 it is dictated more by the chance-factor of scandals.

Sometimes pictures are used to commemorate special occasions or mark important events.  T-ara’s Eunjung is usually used for weeks when the radio show doesn’t air.  Ladies Code members were used when they passed away.  Pictures of T-ara usually mark the end-of-year shows.

What is the “scan-dol of the week”?

An image of a group or person who achieved some media notoriety in some way, usually through some boring scandal nobody cares about.  In very rare circumstances, they may achieve notoriety through something actually interesting.  So far, Melanie Lee from ChoColat is the only k-pop idol to have achieved “scan-dol of the week” in this manner, through her explosive interview with Kpopalypse.

Why was [idol x] featured as a ‘scan-dol of the week’?  I wasn’t aware that they did anything?  What did they do?

Clicking their image will take you to an article which explains what they did (or didn’t do).

Why is there a picture of Kei from Lovelyz at the start and end of this post?

Kei was (just by coincidence/blind luck) the first person used as a header image in Kpopalypse roundup, so therefore she is now the official Kpopalypse roundup mascot until further notice.

Will Kei always remain the Kpopalypse roundup mascot?

Yes, until such time as she quits k-pop, then it will change.

I have a question about Kpopalypse roundup but it’s not here.

Ask it on my ask.fm, if enough people ask it, it may be included!

7 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions about Kpopalypse roundup

  1. Tbh I like your weekly roundups because it’s my main way of discovering new music that comes out since often times I would miss out on comebacks or new artists that aren’t promoted like those from bigger companies I guess.

  2. Always nice to see a personal and yet informative post. You should have a special section in your archives for posts like this that explain what you do here and how you do it. Some poor sap out here might be trying to follow your example.

  3. I don’t have time to follow up on new releases every day now, so once every few weeks I go through the roundups to see what I’ve missed. Very useful and centralized way to get caught up.

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