Music Bank (TV series)

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Music Bank
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Genre Music, entertainment
Presented by
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 910 (as of December 8, 2017)
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) KBS Entertainment Production Department
Original network KBS 2TV (live)
KBS Heart (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)
Audio format Stereo
Original release June 16, 1998 – present
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Music Bank (Hangul뮤직뱅크) is a South Korean music program which airs every Friday at 17:00 KST on KBS2. As of 2015, the show is also broadcast in more than a hundred countries through KBS World. Episodes are filmed at the KBS New Wing Open Hall in Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu.[1] The show also organizes the global live concert Music Bank World Tour.[2][3]


Prior to Music Bank, Top 10 Songs (가요톱10) debuted in 1981 airing live at 6:30 (KST) 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.

Hosts Park Bo-gum and Irene were audience favorites, with the media calling them one of the best partnerships in the show's history.[4][5][6]

In 2005, the show was moved to Sunday afternoons at 12:45 (KST) and became a recorded broadcast. Due to sinking ratings, in September 2007, the show returned to its original time slot of Fridays evenings at 6:30 (KST) 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 (KST) to 7:40 (KST) 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 (KST) to 8:00 (KST) for 80 minutes. In May 2010, as part of the Spring format changes, the show began airing from 5:50 (KST) to 7:10 (KST) 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 (KST) to 7:55 (KST), following KBS News 6.

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

Since October 25, 2013, the show began airing for 80 minutes from 6:30 (KST) to 7:50 (KST), following KBS Global 24, which was transferred from KBS1 with effect from October 21, 2013.

Since November 2016, it is hosted by Lee Seo-won and Laboum's Solbin.[7] Past hosts include Song Hye-kyo, Rain, Ji Sung, Song Joong-ki, Uee, Yoon Bo-ra, Park Seo-joon, Irene, and Park Bo-gum among others.[8][9]


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%).[10] 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 most popular song of the first half of the year is awarded the Music Bank First Half 1st Place award. 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 three wins.) While other music chart shows have a full score of 10,000 or 11,000, Music Bank's full score is 200,000, meaning Digital Music Charts category have 130,000 score as full score, 40,000 for Broadcast, 20,000 for Viewers' Choice and finally 10,000 for Album Sales.

MVP 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.[11][12] 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. ^ "How to apply for K-Pop Music Shows". Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Music Bank' to restart its world tour starting in August". allKpop. 
  3. ^ "Park Bo-gum, Irene to emcee Singapore tour of 'Music Bank'". Korea Herald. 
  4. ^ "[리폿@이슈] "송중기&서효림→박보검&아이린"…'뮤뱅' 역대 커플 MC". TV Report. 
  5. ^ "박보검, '뮤직뱅크' 새 MC 발탁…아이린과 호흡". TV Report. 
  6. ^ "'KBS 연예대상' 설현 박보검 이재윤, 남녀 신인상 수상". news1. 
  7. ^ Kaur, Gungeet (27 June 2016). "KBS Music Bank's newest hosts revealed". Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  8. ^ 심연희 (16 June 2016). "[문화광장] 뮤직뱅크". KBS News (in Korean). Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "[리폿@이슈] "송중기♥서효림→박보검♥아이린"…'뮤뱅' 역대 커플 MC" (in Korean). Naver. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  10. ^ (in Korean) Official Music Bank homepage. How the K-Chart is calculated. KBS. Retrieved 4 October 2009
  11. ^ (in Korean) Official Music Bank homepage. List of K-Charts. KBS. Retrieved 4 October 2009
  12. ^ (in Korean) 빈 여파? '뮤뱅' O.S.T차트 분리 신설. Nate. Retrieved 28 January 2011
  13. ^ "Jung Jin-woon & Park Se-young, the New Hosts of Music Bank". KBS World. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  14. ^ "이서원, '뮤직뱅크' 새 MC 확정…박보검 뒤 잇는 스타될까" [Lee Seo Won Appointed as New Music Bank Host]. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 

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