Music Bank (TV series)

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Music Bank
Genre Music, Entertainment
Presented by Irene
Park Bo-gum
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 822 (as of February 5, 2016)
Running time 80-105 minutes
Production company(s) Hoon Media (subsidiary of SM C&C)[1]
Original network KBS 2TV (live)
KBS 2DMB (DMB Broadcast)
KBS Joy (Reruns of old episodes)
KBS World (Worldwide/Simulcast)
Myx TV (U.S.)
BS Japan (Japan)
TeleAsia Chinese (Philippines/Reruns of old episodes)
Picture format 1080i (ATSC, ISDB)
Audio format Stereo
Original release June 16, 1998 – Present
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Music Bank (Hangul뮤직뱅크) is a South Korean music television program broadcast by Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). It airs live every Friday at 6:30PM-KST. As of 2011, it is broadcast in 72 different countries through KBS World.[2] Since May 2015, it is hosted by Red Velvet's Irene and Park Bo-gum. It is broadcast from the KBS New Wing Open Hall in Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu.[3]


Prior to Music Bank, Top 10 Songs (가요톱10) debuted in 1981 airing live at 6:30PM on Fridays and aired until 1998. For the first few months of 1998, Bravo New Generation took its place, but due to low ratings, it was quickly replaced by Music Bank on June 18, 1998. The chart format that was used since Top 10 Songs was abandoned in late 2001 due to controversy and was changed into a request format.

In 2005, the show was moved to Sunday afternoons at 12:45PM and became a recorded broadcast. Due to sinking ratings, in September 2007, the show returned to its original timeslot of Fridays evenings at 6:30 PM and returned to a live format. The charts were revived as category-based charts.

In January 2008, the category-based charts were combined into the K-Chart which is the familiar countdown chart and the only program to do so. In June 2008, the show extended to 70 minutes, airing from 6:30 PM to 7:40 PM making it the longest music program on air. In November 2008, as part of the Autumn format changes, the show began airing from 6:40 PM to 8:00 PM for 80 minutes. In May 2010, as part of the Spring format changes, the show began airing from 5:50 PM to 7:10 PM for 80 minutes.

On August 27, 2010, Music Bank began airing live to 54 different countries around the world through KBS World, and included new interactive features for international viewers through Twitter.

On November 11, 2011, as part of the Autumn format changes, the show began airing for 105 minutes from 6:10 PM to 7:55 PM, following KBS News 6.

In August 2012, Asian American cable network Myx TV began airing the first English dubbed version of Music Bank.

By October 25, 2013, the show will begin airing for 80 minutes from 6:30pm to 7:50pm, following KBS Global 24, which will be transferred from KBS1 with effect from October 21, 2013.


K-Chart is the countdown charts of Music Bank. The charts are calculated by combining the Digital Music Charts (65%), Album Sales (5%), Number of times broadcast on KBS TV only (20%), and Viewers Choice Charts (10%).[4] The Top 50 songs of the week are featured on the show, where the Top 21-50 songs are shown via marquee and the Top 20-3 songs are featured by the hosts. The hosts then showcase the Top Two songs and announce who will be the winner of the week. The Number 1 song on the chart is the winner of that week's chart and receives an award.

During the last week of June, the Music Bank First Half 1st Place award is awarded to the most popular song of the first half of the year. During the last week of December, the Music Bank 1st Place award (or Music Bank MVP in 2008) is awarded to the most popular song of the entire year.

Prior to the combined K-Charts, category-based charts were used. From September to December 2007, every week a different category (Digital Music Charts, Karaoke Charts, Viewers Choice Charts, Album Sales Charts) was featured. Technically, each category would only be featured once a month. It was similar to K-Chart except the results each week could only be based on a specific chart, and not all the charts combined. From January 2008 to April 2009, two charts were used. Every week, the Digital Music Charts and Album Sales Charts were used, and at the end of the month were the combined charts (Album Sales Charts (20%) + Digital Music Charts (50%) + Viewers Choice Charts (30%)). In May 2009, this was abandoned for the combined charts featured every week. Note that the Music Bank ranking system is different from other previous and current televised K-Pop music shows, in that an artist can win an unlimited number of times for the same song (other shows generally remove it from the charts after 3 wins.)

First Place Winners[edit]





K-Chart First Place Winners[edit]











OST Chart[edit]

Music Bank has announced that they’ll be the first public broadcast program with an exclusive chart for OST songs.[12][13] OSTs are no longer considered on the ‘K-Chart’, and they are graded with separate standards since January 28, 2011. However, OST Chart does not hand out awards for songs who land on the #1 spot.







Most OST Wins[edit]


Achievements by artists[edit]



Similar programs[edit]

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  1. ^ "SM Entertainment’s broadcast sector, SM C&C (Culture and Contents), has acquired another company, Hoon Media. Hoon Media is led by Producer Lee Hoon Hee and is the production company behind popular KBS shows such as “1 vs 100”, “Heroines 6”, “Qualifications of Men”, and “Music Bank”.(Soompi: SM Expands Company Through Joint Ventures and Mergers)
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  3. ^ "How to apply for K-Pop Music Shows". Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  4. ^ (Korean) Official Music Bank homepage. How the K-Chart is calculated. KBS. Retrieved 4 October 2009
  5. ^ Hong, Lucia (1 February 2010). "CNBLUE tops TV music charts". 10 Asia. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Hong, Lucia (31 May 2010). "Super Junior grabs 2nd win on televised music programs". 10 Asia. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Kim, Jessica (28 May 2010). "2PM and Super Junior top televised music shows". 10 Asia. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Hong, Lucia (7 June 2010). "Super Junior takes 3rd win on TV music program". 10 Asia. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Hong, Lucia (14 June 2010). "Boy bands take control of TV music programs". 10 Asia. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  10. ^ Hong, Lucia (20 June 2010). "SS501 and CNBLUE shine on TV music programs". 10 Asia. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Super Junior scores double win on televised music shows" Asiae. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 2012-03-22
  12. ^ (Korean) Official Music Bank homepage. List of K-Charts. KBS. Retrieved 4 October 2009
  13. ^ (Korean) 빈 여파? '뮤뱅' O.S.T차트 분리 신설. Nate. Retrieved 28 January 2011

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