Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 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 where I run through each of the new releases in k-pop each week, and what I think of them. It used to be a companion piece to the Kpopalypse radio show, but I stopped doing this radio show in early 2020 and so now the roundup exists as its own entity.

Why does Kpopalypse roundup exist?

Near the end of 2015, I was looking for ways to include more content on the site without significantly increasing my overall writing 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 site ever does song reviews, and I didn’t want to lose the unique flavour of what makes Kpopalypse 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 sites without making it uniquely Kpopalypse somehow. So I decided to post the videos on this site and do ultra-short, ultra-thoughtless 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. I hope that by seeing someone express their honest opinions bluntly and without sugar-coating anything at all, k-pop readers will also feel more confident about expressing their own opinions, even when they disagree with those of their own peers or fandom. In this way, I feel that the roundup encourages individual opinion-forming over the poisonous groupthink that k-pop fandom culture promotes. Unlike other websites I’m really not interested in trying to get others to agree with my opinion, and there’s no reason why anyone should – readers should make up their own minds how they feel about songs, and 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 by the time the end-of-year lists roll around, but I don’t usually have a complete 180 degrees about-face of opinion. The reviews are written with my lower-class 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!

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.

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

Is the list ranked?

There is no strict ranking, however songs that are considered more relevant and/or more likely to receive interest from readers (whether good or bad) will generally (but not always) be higher up the list.

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 if you believe I may have forgotten)
  • It came out just before/just after the publication date, so I’m saving it for next week
  • I’m saving it for another purpose, such as Kpopalypse Nugu Alert or another feature
  • It didn’t meet eligibility criteria (below)
  • Just because

What is the eligibility criteria for songs to be in Kpopalypse roundup?

These are similar to the end of year best/worst lists that I publish at the end of every December:

  • Songs have to be feature tracks/singles, but B side and album tracks are eligible if they were also “debuted” on TV shows or had their own official video made for them. They have to be “new” however, a live performance of an old song is not eligible.
  • Songs for OSTs are generally not eligible.
  • Christmas themed songs are not eligible, these receive their own special Christmas roundup instead which is published on Christmas Day.
  • Songs specifically created for festive and sporting events are not eligible.
  • Must be a new song, or a fresh studio re-recording of an old song that’s sufficiently different. Stuff like the recent “SM remasters” doesn’t count, as only the video is new, the audio is the same recording just sometimes higher fidelity.
  • Extreme low-effort videos are not eligible (karaoke-style lyric videos, boring slideshows, videos where it’s literally just a rip from someone’s car dashcam, or one really lazy long shot like a camera pointing out of a window at a city street for the entire thing etc).
  • “K-pop” is deliberately defined a little loosely on purpose – as music either originating from or existing/trying to exist in the Korean industry. Songs that aren’t strictly “pop music” are eligible. Songs from Korean agencies trying to break into non-Korean markets and/or singing in non-Korean languages are eligible. K-pop artists featuring on non-k-pop artists’ tracks are eligible. Western attempts at “being a k-pop” are also eligible. The language the performer is singing in is irrelevant and doesn’t affect eligibility either way (many k-pop songs are partly or wholly in English).

Can I submit songs for Kpopalypse roundup?

Yes, although frankly I already receive way too many submissions than I have time to cover, but if I missed your fave please let me know. Please check first that it meets the eligibility criteria above! Given the sheer volume of submissions per week there is no guarantee that I will include a specific song.

What is the purpose of the “bonus random videos of the week” at the bottom?

I like to pick random videos to place at the end of the roundup for reader entertainment and to make commentary.

Can I request a “random bonus video of the week”?

You can make suggestions but there’s a high chance I won’t use them.  These are always my own random picks!

Why are you such a rude cunt?

Because I’m an Australian, and we are cunts. Hopefully you will find my rudeness 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 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.


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

Do you actually listen to all this fucking garbage?


Do you generally listen through the entire song when reviewing for roundup, or you do tend to listen to just the intro/skip around if it sounds boring/bad?

On the livestreams where I build the first draft of roundup, I only listen to enough to get the general idea of song quality unless it’s a specifically notable song or something amazingly good/bad. When writing the roundup later, I listen to all of it. In the rare circumstances that I didn’t get through all of it, I will usually make special mention of this fact in the review itself.

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. If you really want to see me gush about my favourite k-pop songs, look up this site’s yearly favourites lists.

Does writing the roundup take forever?

Yes, or at least certainly a lot longer than I wish it did.

Is writing the roundup really boring?

Yes, but it’s still less boring than having to give my opinions about new k-pop songs via DMs or question/answer sites 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 subscribe to a lot of YouTube channels.  Also caonimas are often very helpful in letting me know about new debuting groups. There is a reader who submits a weekly list and I build over 90% of the roundup from this list most weeks.

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, is used as the header image for each post. In very rare circumstances, they may achieve notoriety through something actually interesting. Although in some past years I used different criteria for the header, these days it’s always a “scan-dol”.

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).

I came to roundup through the “Kpopalypse Hot Takes” Tiktok channel, is that your channel?

No it isn’t, it was created by a reader, Lissa Caonima. However I support what they are doing!

I’ve just read through some of the TikTok comments and they’re wild. Are people really this bad at reading comprehension?

Yes they are. Let’s all have a moment of silence to wish good fortune for the next generation.

How come so many of the TikTok comments don’t talk about the actual song or the review but just some random stuff?

I don’t talk about the song in half of my reviews, so why should they? But this is probably Gfriending’s fault for starting this particular trend.

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 Gfriending asks me to change it, then it will change.

Is Kpopalypse sexist/racist/creepy/a pervert/having sex with my mum right now etc etc

For more generic questions about Kpopalypse that aren’t specifically about roundup, see the site FAQ!

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

Then you should ask it, if enough people ask it, it may be included!

7 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 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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