It’s time for Kpopalypse to look back on his predictions for 2020, and make all new predictions for 2021! Come with Kpopalypse for a look into the crystal ball of k-pop!
Before we delve into the destiny of 2021, let’s take a look at 2020 – at around this time last year I made a lot of bold predictions with my notorious super Boram ESP powers! How well did Kpopalypse do?
RESULTS OF 2020 PREDICTIONS
The wheels start to come off BTS – CORRECT. There appear to be serious issues in the BTS camp with finances and certain members generally getting screwed over and worked nearly to death while others ride the gravy train. Of course the label is denying it – why wouldn’t they. No wonder RM is the only one with anything even approaching a genuine smile in any of the photos lately, don’t tell me I’m the only one who’s noticed that.
Twice also take a hit – CORRECT. First it was Mina and now Jeongyeon is struggling with the pressures of being in one of the world’s top tier girl groups.
Netizens get pwned – CORRECT – KIND OF. Commenting has now been removed from many portals in the wake of last year’s k-pop tragedies. Sadly there are still some places where comments can be left, so the scourge of netizens remains for now, at least until the next high-profile idol suicide brings the issue back to the spotlight.
K-pop gets weirdly political – CORRECT. K-pop fans got heavily involved in sabotaging Trump’s campaign during the US elections, showcasing the potential for fandoms to co-ordinate as a political force if only they could stop doxxing and cyberbullying everyone who doesn’t agree with them for five seconds.
Your faves remain “problematic” – CORRECT. Nobody gives a fuck about your cultural standards, sorry.
Han Seo Hee stays relevant – CORRECT. From speaking out against domestic violence to showing people how to get away with taking drugs, idols have a lot to learn from Han Seo Hee, the Korean cultural icon who is still richer than your oppars.
SNSD members/ex-members get real – CORRECT. Jessica’s new novel “Shine” is exactly the thinly-veiled dig at SM Entertainment and Girls’ Generation disguised as a young adult fiction romance that we all knew it would be, and she’s just getting started, with a sequel planned for 2021.
“The big three” face a new challenge – CORRECT. Coronavirus ran rampant around the world, halting k-pop concerts and forcing many groups and idols into isolation and a complete rethink of touring business models.
Momoland struggle – CORRECT. Momoland lost even more members and the pressure is on JooE to keep up that cultural relevance like never before. Even inking new deals hasn’t seen them hit another peak now that their virality is on the slide, let’s hope they can rebound.
Yua Mikami busts out – INCORRECT. Cynics thought this prediction was a “sure thing” that I just inserted to increase the number of correct predictions, but Yua Mikami had a quiet year on the k-pop front, only appearing in a few drama videos plus a j-shit or two.
More controversy hits the blogosphere – CORRECT. I interviewed both Fiestar’s Cheska and Kim Nayoon, much to the disgust of anyone who can’t deal with the reality of the k-pop industry, and to cap it off I even spoke to that German Nayeon stalker, allowing my readership to peer directly into the madness of what happens when k-pop idol fan insanity is taken to its logical conclusion. Who else would dare?
Kpopalypse continues to irritate the fuck out of anybody and everybody he can in 2020 – CORRECT. Was there even any doubt?
So as usual Kpopalypse predictions were mostly correct thanks to SUPER BORAM ESP – James Randi suck on my ballsack! Now it’s time to see what Kpopalypse forsees for 2021! Super Boram ESP powers are now activated!
KPOPALYPSE’S PREDICTIONS FOR 2021
BTS remain large but also continue to implode – the boys haven’t been happy for a while, but given their huge success, they will force themselves to endure. There will be consequences.
Aespa do just fine – with a huge agency and a lot of manpower and investment behind them, Aespa have nothing to worry about. Controversies will appear, but they will ride through it.
Changing of the guard – new groups will rise quicker than usual and at least one well known group nobody expected to die so soon will call it quits.
Boy groups come back strong – after an absolutely piss weak pathetic 2020 for the male end of k-pop, people will actually write some new good songs for boy groups again.
Blackpink continue to PAVE THE WAY – but expect to be drip-fed music as usual.
More of those fun “cultural” k-pop controversies appear – and from the usual suspects too… plus some new ones.
Fandoms experience backlash – too much high-profile abuse of power gets noticed in new places and changes how the world sees k-pop fans, for the worse.
Coronavirus continues to mess shit up – don’t expect a quick return to business as usual in the k-pop world, even once a vaccine is widely distributed some things will be forever changed.
Yua Mikami comes back to k-pop – actually this probably won’t happen but I’m going to try and will it into being damnit.
Apink surprise us all – you never expected this. No I’m not talking about my most fappable list.
IU gets into shit again – and weathers the storm with popularity intact, as usual.
K-pop agencies reform, somewhat– progress for artist rights is slow but k-pop agencies will be forced to clean up their act just a little bit more than they’ve had to so far.
Wait, did you say Han Seo Hee? Again? Really? – say no more.
Itzy git gud – with Twice staying popular but looking increasingly shaky, Itzy will step up to the plate.
More virtual idols – K/DA, Aespa… don’t think it’ll end there.
Some big changes in the k-pop online world – expect some shifts that shake up the k-pop online ecosystem for 2021.
Kpopalypse continues to be a cunt – you can count on it.
That’s all the predictions for the next 12 months – expect them fondly! My final prediction is that Kpopalypse will return soon with more posts!