Thoughtful Raina – the meme

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Idol life is tough.  There you are, sitting on a chair in a fake backyard by a fake white picket fence, holding a fake ice-cream made by food stylists with coloured frosting and powdered sugar, shooting a promotional music video.  The video shoot sure is dragging on, it’s 4AM and you’ve been awake for 26 hours straight, yet it’s your duty to look alert and extra cheerful for the cameras – what a chore.  You sure wish you were doing something else, but this is what being an idol is and you’re stuck with it for now.  On take 153 of your lines in verse 2, a thought pops into your mind… but what could it be?

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Kpopalypse Nugu Alert Episode 6: Atomic Kiz, Hawon, Magic Flow ft. Rumble Fish

That’s right sluts, it’s time for another episode of:

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The regular blog series where Kpopalypse brings you fresh/stale nugus for your enjoyment and/or bemusement!  Read on as I shove down your fucking throat another group of k-pop performers that you don’t care about and will probably forget the names of as soon as you’re finished reading this, in the name of good humour and a misguided unrealistic belief in music industry equal opportunity.  Let’s get started!

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Album rev-ew – F-ve Dolls “F-rst Love”

Today -‘ve found out today someth-ng wh-ch -‘ve suspected for a wh-le but wh-ch has now been conf-rmed – F-ve Dolls have d-sbanded.  The label haven’t released an off-c-al statement yet, but none -s needed; the label’s new webs-te doesn’t l-st them as an act-ve group, and w-th several members hav-ng left the company, -t’s easy enough to see what’s happened.

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S-nce – felt that F-ve Dolls’ f-nal -ncarnat-on d-dn’t really get enough attent-on when they were act-ve, -‘m now go-ng to overcompensate w-ldly by wr-t-ng my f-rst k-pop album rev-ew!

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Kpopalypse’s completely 100% accurate and legit* predictions for the future of k-pop

Well, 2014 is nearly over and most people are happy to put it behind them.  It hasn’t exactly been an outstanding year for k-pop, with so many controversies, scandals and tragedies.  So what can we look forward to in 2015 and beyond?  Hopefully something better, right?  It’s a good thing that I have my fantastic powers of ESP readily available to find out the truth of what the future holds!

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Music business 101 – the real deal for aspiring k-pop stars

Entering the music industry on any level in 2014 is exceptionally difficult, yet there are many people who wish to become pop stars.  With the steady rise of k-pop’s profile globally, Korea and k-pop is positioned in the hearts and minds (mainly the hearts) of young people around the world as a desirable field to hopefully break into.  How realistic are their dreams?  Are k-pop hopefuls being delusional, or do they have a realistic (if slim) chance of realising their goals?

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Most importantly of all, if you were someone wishing to make a serious giving-it-100% attempt at breaking into the k-pop industry, what are the really important things that you would need to know?  As someone who has spent quite a while in the music business in various capacities, I’m now going to give you the dirt on these important questions, so read on if you dare!

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K-pop life lessons with Kpopalypse

Hey folks, it’s Kpopalypse here.  As someone a little older than the average k-pop fan with lots of experience in the ups and downs of life, I’m aware that a lot of younger people read my blogging, and therefore I feel a certain sense of obligation to them to impart wisdom and valuable life lessons.  Of course if I just go around saying things like “bike safety” and “don’t play with matches” nobody is going to pay any fucking attention, but that’s where k-pop comes in – this post is all about some of the fantastic things we can learn through k-pop music videos!

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Please note that the discussions of these videos contain plot spoilers, so be sure to watch the videos first (if you haven’t seen them) before reading about the important life lessons that they contain!  Let’s get started and learn things!

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Big boobs in k-pop guide part 2: the boobs that Kpopalypse forgot

Ever since I did my big boobs in k-pop guide post, I’ve been inundated with people complaining that my list left out their fave.  I knew this would happen, after all such an exhaustive topic is never going to be “complete”.  Not only did I leave out some people, but several new performers have also emerged as possible contenders of interest, so it’s time for a follow-up post to address these concerns and educate the general population in the virtues of k-pop boobs.

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WARNING: before you click to read more – this post is bigger than Puer Kim’s rack.  Prepare your browser appropriately for a large deluge of images of k-pop boobs.
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Celebrating a year of sidebar Eunkyo

Some of you have been clicking on Eunkyo for no reason.  But have you missed anything in 2014?  Here’s a list of (almost) all the websites that were featured on the clickable sidebar Eunkyo over the past year (or however long I’ve had her there, can’t remember exactly but it feels like about a year).  Just in case you missed any of the fun.  Enjoy!

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Kpopalypse language class – The Korean alphabet

It’s a constant source of embarrassment to me that I DJ a k-pop radio show yet I can’t speak a word of Korean.  I’ve got no plans to go to Korea or anything like that, but it sure would be nice to be able to read CD album liner notes and pronounce track titles correctly.  Also, it’d be great not having to rely on shady Netizenbuzz articles with creepy anti T-ara editorialising from NB herself in them for my netizen translations – it’d be especially nice to cut that particular umbilical cord.  Learning Korean language has been on my to-do list for a while now, but the trick is – how to get motivated to learn this shit as well as fit it into the rest of my busy schedule?  So I thought I’d make myself a blog post about it.

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I always find that I memorise things much better if I’m forced to write down or type out the stuff, so by making this little alphabet post, it’ll (theoretically) help me to remember the Korean characters and how they sound.  So this affair isn’t one-sided and you the reader also get some value out of this even if you don’t necessarily give a shit about learning Korean yourself, I’ll use each letter as an excuse to extrapolate a bit on some things that are Kpopalypse-related that I’ve been asked about or that may be of interest to readers (or not).

Note: your browser/computer obviously needs to support Korean text reproduction or you ain’t gonna see shit.

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