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|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||714 (as of June 17, 2021)|
|Running time||120 minutes|
|Production company||CJ E&M|
|Picture format||480i (2004–2009)|
|Original release||July 29, 2004 –|
M Countdown (Korean: 엠카운트다운) is a South Korean music program broadcast by Mnet. The show features some of the latest and most popular artists who perform live on stage. It is broadcast from CJ E&M Center Studio in Sangam-dong, Mapo District, Seoul.
M Countdown airs live on domestic television at 6PM KST every Thursday. Live streaming is available internationally via the M Countdown On Air page on Mwave's website.
In the Philippines, online multi-view live broadcast of the show is available via gigafest.smart. It began airing on the free-to-air TV5 network from January 31, 2021—episodes are shown every Sunday.
Current Segments include MCD Dance Challenge, Storage M, and M Studio. Previous Segments that airing includes B'SHOP where songwriter Bang Si-hyuk introduces some hit songs, MCD DRAMA where the hosts act out scenarios, MCD NEWS which reports the latest music industry news, and MCD Ranking which ranks celebrities with certain topics.
- Tony An and Shin So-yul (March 10, 2011 – August 23, 2012)
- Lee Hong-gi (August 30, 2012 – December 13, 2012)
- Kim Woo-bin (August 15, 2013 – February 13, 2014)
- Ahn Jae-hyun and Jung Joon-young (February 27, 2014 – November 20, 2014)
- Lee Jung-shin, Key, BamBam and Park Jin-young (March 19, 2015 – March 3, 2016)
- Lee Jung-shin and Key (March 17, 2016 – September 8, 2016)
- Key (September 22, 2016 – April 13, 2017)
- Daehwi and Han Hyun-min (April 4, 2019 – February 4, 2021)
- Miyeon and Nam Yoon-su (February 18, 2021–present)
Between April 2017 and April 2018, each episode of the show was hosted by special guest presenters. Between April 2018 and March 2019, the show was hosted by a "Global MC Crew" of idols who spoke foreign languages.[unreliable source?]
M Countdown chart
As of April 26, 2018, the chart featured on M Countdown was calculated by combining Digital Single Sales (45%), Album Sales (15%), Social Media Points (YouTube official music video views + SNS buzz) (20%), Global Fan Votes (global fan votes through Mwave, Mnet Japan and Mnet America + SMS Votes) (10%), and Mnet Broadcast Points (10%), for a total of 11,000 points. As of May 2019, only Exo, Shinee, BTS, Twice, and NU'EST have achieved the perfect score under the then two most recent scoring systems (sixth and seventh systems). Previously, only Girls' Generation achieved the perfect score of 10,000 points, twice, under the fourth and fifth scoring systems in 2013 and 2014.
While previous revisions of this article included winners for 2004–2007, that information was not supported by any secondary sources since its initial addition in 2011. A lack of coverage of the show on Naver for those particular years makes sourcing the information difficult. As such, those sections have been removed from the page and only winners from 2008 to present are cited.
The term triple crown refers to when a song achieves three wins (consecutive or non-consecutive) on the show. After that, it is removed from the chart and is no longer eligible for first place. The following is a list of all songs that have achieved a triple crown on M Countdown from 2008 to present.
Achievements by artists
- KBS Music Bank
- MBC Show! Music Core
- SBS Inkigayo
- Arirang TV Pops in Seoul
- Arirang TV Simply K-Pop (formerly called The M-Wave and Wave K)
- JTBC Music on Top
- MBC Music Show Champion
- SBS MTV The Show
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- @LiveSmart (January 19, 2021). "Catch the newest hits and biggest comebacks at the #SmartMCountdown. Enjoy the Philippine exclusive livestream of the M COUNTDOWN via gigafest.smart every Thursday at 5pm! Get ready to stan your K-pop idols" (Tweet). Archived from the original on February 1, 2021. Retrieved February 1, 2021 – via Twitter.
- TV5 (Philippine TV network) [@TV5manila] (January 23, 2021). "Ang #1 K-Pop chart show nasa TV5 na! Hindi ka na mahuhuli sa kung ano ang IN at trending hits ng inyong mga K-Pop Idols! Catch 'M Countdown' sa January 31, 11PM on TV5! #MCountdownTV5" (Tweet). Archived from the original on February 1, 2021. Retrieved February 1, 2021 – via Twitter.
- "Kim Woo-bin to Host "M! CountDown"". tenasia. Archived from the original on August 13, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
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- "'엠카' 측 "이대휘X한현민 하차, 아이들 미연X남윤수 새 MC 확정"(공식)". Newsen (in Korean). February 4, 2021. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
- "M! Countdown Changes Chart Scoring System to Count Global Vote". kpoplove.koreadaily.com. April 25, 2018. Retrieved May 30, 2018.