Show! Music Core

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Show! Music Core
MBC Show Music Core Logo.svg
Genre Music, entertainment
Presented by
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 515 (as of July 30, 2016)
Running time 65 minutes
Original network MBC (live)
MBC Music (tape delay)
Picture format 1080i (ATSC)
2160p (ATSC 3.0) (trial run from February 13 - March 12, 2016)[1]
Audio format Stereo
Original release October 29, 2005 – present
External links

Show! Music Core (Hangul쇼! 음악중심; hanja音樂中心; RRSyo! Eumak Jungsim) is a South Korean music television program broadcast by MBC. It airs live every Saturday at 3:50 PM KST. The show features some of the latest and most popular artists who perform live on stage. It is hosted by Kim Sae-ron and Kim Min-Jae. It is broadcast from MBC Dream Center in Goyang, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.


Prior to the current Show! Music Core, numerous music programs with similar content were aired on MBC. Below is the list in chronological order.

Broadcast date Program name
October 30, 1989 – November 2, 1990 Show Network (쇼 네트워크)
November 9, 1990 – April 30, 1993 Everyone's Popular Songs (여러분의 인기가요)
May 7, 1993 – October 8, 1993 Choice Best Popular Songs (결정 최고 인기가요)
April 21, 1995 – January 17, 1998 Popular Songs Best 50 (인기가요 베스트 50)
January 24, 1998 – April 18, 1998 Live Young Times (생방송 젊은 그대)
April 25, 1998 – January 23, 1999 Music Camp (음악캠프)
February 30, 1999 – May 8, 1999 Family Camp (가족캠프)
May 15, 1999 – July 30, 2005 Live Music Camp (생방송 음악캠프)

Live Music Camp was cancelled due to a broadcast accident of revealing genitalia.[2]

After a brief hiatus, Show! Music Core began airing on October 29, 2005, with charts similar to its predecessors. However, the charts were removed on January 7, 2006, and it continues to air without any charts or awards. Even without the weekly chart award, the show was known for its special production and stages.

From 2007 to 2008, a "Mobile Ranking" segment was used to rank the popularity of songs downloaded to mobile phones and from online music sites.[3]

On March 11, 2013, MBC announced they would return their chart system after seven years without the segment. The ranking system was reinstalled on April 20, 2013, with a first-place trophy given to the top song amongst the nominees for each week.[4]

November 21, 2015, MBC announced that their chart system would be removed once again. The MBC variety department said "Instead of the ranking system, we intend to show more diverse genres of music and continue to work hard to be a representative music program of Korea.”[5]

On February 11, 2016, MBC announced a trial phase of their simultaneous live broadcast of Show! Music Core in HD and UHD (ultra-high-definition) utilizing a dedicated 4K camera, in preparation for their launch of UHD broadcasts scheduled for 2017. The trial phase had taken place February 13 through March 12, 2016.[needs update][6]


Chart system[edit]

Music Core brought back the show's chart on April 20, 2013. First-place winners are determined using the ranking system below. The list also shows the current and former scoring computation used. As of June 8, 2013, four nominees had decreased to three nominees.

Period covered Chart system [7]
April 20–27, 2013 Physical album and digital sales 40%, music video views 15%, viewers committee pre-voting (by 2000 people) 20%, live voting 25% (for first-place nominees only)
May 4, 2013 - June 1, 2013 Physical Album + Digital Sales 60%, Music Video Views 10%,

Viewers Committee Pre-voting (by 2000 people) 10%, Live Voting 20% (for 1st place nominees only)

June 08, 2013 - June 14, 2014 Physical Album + Digital Sales 70%, Music Video Views 10%,

Viewers Committee Pre-voting (by 2000 people) 10%, Live Voting 10% (for 1st place nominees only)

June 21, 2014 - November 14, 2015 Physical Album + Digital Sales 60%, Music Video Views 10%,

Viewers Committee Pre-voting (by 2000 people) 15%, Live Voting 15% (for 1st place nominees only)

List of first-place winners[edit]





HOT 3[edit]

On 21 November 2015 the chart was replaced by the Music Core Hot 3. Now the 3 best artists are chosen instead of one artist receiving the weekly award.

  • 11.21 – TWICE ("Like OOH-AHH"), B.A.P ("Take You There", "Young, Wild & Free"), Dynamic Duo ("Jam")
  • 11.28 – VIXX ("Chained Up"), Dynamic Duo ("Jam"), B.A.P ("Young, Wild & Free")
  • 12.5 – Girls' Generation-TTS, BTS, B.A.P (3rd week)
  • 12.12 – BTS, B.A.P (4th week), EXO
  • 12.19 – EXO (2nd week), BTS (3rd week), B.A.P (5th week)
  • 12.26 – Year End Special
  • 12.02 – No Show

Achievements by Artists[edit]


  • Epik High received the first ever Music Core award on October 19, 2005.
  • In 2005, g.o.d was the only group to win 4 times on the chart with "2 Love".
  • INFINITE grabbed the first award of the revived Music Core ranking chart in 2013 since its abolishment in 2006.
  • In a first on June 8, 2013 episode, none of the number 1 nominees (Beast, Lee Hyori, CL) were present at the live broadcast/recording.
  • On March 22, 2014 episode, none of the number 1 nominees (Girls' Generation, Soyou & JunggiGo, 2NE1) were present at the live encore.
  • In 2015, Apink won five times with "LUV", therefore breaking the record of g.o.d's "2 Love" that had won 4 times.


Chart winner mix-up[edit]

On the April 20 episode, MBC introduced a brand new ranking system for Music Core, and as such nominated INFINITE, K.Will, Davichi, and Lee Hi for number 1 on the charts. K.Will was mistakenly announced as the winner. He looked confused as if he couldn’t believe it, and as he was about to say his thanks, the Show! Music Core staff quickly informed everyone on stage that there had been a mistake and that INFINITE were the actual winners. K.Will was quick to laugh it off and say, "It’s okay, I’m okay." He even shouted, "I love INFINITE!" However, the INFINITE members themselves looked unsure and confused about accepting the trophy.[citation needed]

Afterwards, the staff of the show was highly criticized by viewers. The staff made a statement on their official board and said,

"This is the ‘Show! Music Core’ staff. There was a mistake in announcing the 1st-place winner on the April 20th broadcast. This was a mistake because the text votes were mixed up for the two 1st place nominees. The two team’s [sic] scores are 100% fair results. The text votes accumulation company has promised to work harder to keep this from happening again. Please excuse us for not running a smooth live broadcast. Thank you." [8]

International broadcast[edit]

Special events[edit]

Similar programs[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ MBC 쇼!음악중심, 13일부터 UHD· HD 동시 생방송 (in Korean). MBC NEWS. 11 February 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Naked Bodies Shown for Five Seconds on Live TV
  3. ^ 공중파 가요프로, 확 바뀐다 (in Korean). Segye News. 1 June 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  4. ^ '쇼! 음악중심', 7년 만에 순위제 부활 '시청자 투표가 관건' (in Korean). NATE. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  5. ^ ""Music Core" to Abolish Ranking System and Incorporate More Diverse Music". Soompi. November 13, 2015. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 
  6. ^ MBC 쇼!음악중심, 13일부터 UHD· HD 동시 생방송 (in Korean). MBC NEWS. 11 February 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c d (Korean) Official Show! Music Core homepage. List of Show! Music Core Chart Ranking. MBC. Retrieved 23 April 2013
  8. ^ 음악중심' 치명적 방송사고, 1위가 바뀌었다' (in Korean). NATE. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
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