Kpopalypse anniversary and metrics post for 2014, plus thank-yous and postcard fun!

It’s been two years since the birth of Kpopalypse blog!  Time to celebrate with all you lovely readers and bring you a post with statistics, search terms and cake!  Yay!

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Blogsites collect a shitload of data about the people who visit, why they visit, where they go and what they do.  This collected data is called “metrics” and it’s used a whole lot by many online content providers to refine their content, and it’s even bought and sold between companies because it contains valuable demographic marketing information (and yes those companies can do that – you gave them permission to in all those EULAs you never read).  However Kpopalypse is different, because I’m going to give you all my data for the year, right now, for free!  Read on as Kpopalypse spills his demographic secrets (tl;dr – you like tits) and answers relevant questions!

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Kpopalypse and AKF’s Red Light Mission – parts 1, 2 and 3

When f(x)’s “Red Light” came out, I thought it was great.  So did Anti Kpop-Fangirl… and as it seems, few others agreed!  Noticing the less-than-enthusiastic reaction from most k-pop fans, we decided to get together and write a collaborative fanfiction so we could rant and rave about how great it was and subtly shade everyone who didn’t like the song.  We took turns writing the story and also providing images, so the final products are a blend of our writing and image styles.  The results are also extremely fucking weird… but you should expect that anyway.

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Although I don’t want to repost the “Red Light Mission” story in its entirety from Anti Kpop-Fangirl to here, I thought that regular Kpopalypse readers who maybe didn’t catch this story on Anti Kpop-Fangirl before would potentially enjoy it, as it’s never been linked from here before and I contributed quite heavily to it.  So here’s the links if it sounds like something you’d like to check out:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Be warned – definitely not work-safe!  And enjoy!

Like money – k-pop music video production costs explained

In k-pop the music video is often as important as the song.  I’d even go out on a not-very-dangerous limb and say it’s a lot more important than the song in most cases, and for a bunch of different reasons, ranging from building a brand, to building interest in the performers, to product placement, to connecting to global audiences and more.  K-pop is at least as much of a visual phenomenon as it is an auditory one, this much is obvious.  What’s a little less obvious to a lot of people is how much money and effort is involved, so that’s what this post is going to discuss… hopefully in a way that doesn’t bore you to shit.

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What makes a music video “cheap” or “expensive”?  How do I tell which is which?  Attentive readers will note that one of my recent Nugu Alert posts touched on the topic of video expenses.  However I didn’t go into a lot of detail in that post, and I’ve been getting requests to write something more in-depth about music video costs ever since, so here we go.

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Hot sexy man-meat – locating the hottest guys in k-pop!

I’ve often been accused of being very gender-biased in my blogging, and that as a heterosexual male I haven’t been doing a lot of catering to those who would like to see some hot sexy men being reduced to objects for the voyeuristic pleasure of readers.

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Since I’m obviously guilty as charged, let’s rectify the situation immediately with a hunky k-pop guy post for all you heterosexual women and gay men out there!

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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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