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The Music Trend logo.png
First logo of the revamped Inkigayo, used from 2007–2008
Also known as The Music Trend
Genre Music, entertainment
Presented by Jackson Wang[1][2]
Kim Yoo-jung
Yook Sungjae
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 849 (as of January 31, 2016)
Location(s) SBS Open Hall
Running time 70 minutes
Original network SBS (live)
SBS MTV (tape delay)
SBS funE (tape delay)
Myx TV (United States)
ONE TV ASIA (Southeast Asia)
Picture format 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release December 15, 1991 – October 17, 1993
February 1, 1998 – present
External links
Korean name
Hangul SBS 인기가요
Hanja SBS 人氣歌謠
Revised Romanization SBS Ingi Gayo
McCune–Reischauer SBS In'gi Kayo
Hangul 생방송 SBS 인기가요
Hanja 生放送 SBS 人氣歌謠
Revised Romanization Saengbangsong SBS Ingi Gayo
McCune–Reischauer Saengbangsong SBS In'gi Kayo

Inkigayo (Korean: 인기가요; English title: The Music Trend, previously Popular Song) is a South Korean music program broadcast by SBS. It airs live every Sunday at 3:40 pm KST. The show features some of the latest and most popular artists who perform on stage. As of May 17, 2015, it is hosted by GOT7's Jackson Wang,[1][2] Kim Yoo-jung and BtoB's Yook Sungjae.[3] It is broadcast from the SBS Open Hall in Deungchon-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul.[4]


Inkigayo debuted as SBS Popular Song in 1991 as a chart show, but was canceled in Autumn 1993 because it was replaced By TV Gayo 20 (TV 가요20). It was later revived in 1998 with its original title and format. In 2003, the chart format was removed and was replaced by Take 7, where seven of the most popular artists from the week are featured and the most popular artist receives the award for Mutizen Song.

In Spring 2007, the program changed from a recorded broadcast to a live broadcast in an effort to boost ratings, as well as changing the English name to The Music Trend. On November 2, 2008, the program moved from 3:20 pm to 4:10 pm Sunday afternoons, airing before Good Sunday, also to boost ratings. In Spring 2010, the program expanded to 70 minutes beginning at 3:50 pm every Sunday.

On July 10, 2012, SBS announced revamping the show removing the Take 7 system and Mutizen Song award, explaining that "We believe that rather than the ranking system, the most important thing is the genre K-Pop being recognized worldwide. Therefore, we have decided to abolish the system after much discussion. There’s really no meaning behind a ranking system. We have decided to undergo this change in hopes that viewers can just enjoy the music. There are a lot of K-Pop stars in the music industry that have talent. We wanted to break free from the repetitive system, in which artists release new songs and perform, so we plan on redesigning our system by having the concept of more special stages. For viewers to enjoy the music, we will have more collaboration stages and much more." The revamped show, without Take 7 and Mutizen Song award, began July 15, 2012.[5]

On March 3, 2013, the program announced the revival of the chart system with Inkigayo Chart. The new chart is a collaboration with the Music Industry Association of Korea's Gaon Chart, and began March 17, 2013.[6]


Super Rookie[edit]

Every week, a "rookie" artist or group performs live on stage. At the end of the month, a "Super Rookie" is chosen, through votes from the Inkigayo homepage, and is featured that month.[7] This segment ended at the end of 2010.

Digital Music Charts[edit]

Formerly known as Mobile Ranking, the Digital Music Charts takes into consideration the popularity of songs through downloads on mobile phones as well as downloads on music sites. Every week, it features five ranks with a special guest(s) to host the segment. This segment was abandoned mid-2009.

Campaign Songs[edit]

Throughout each episode, various artists are featured in campaign songs that raise awareness for certain topics or issues. Such campaigns include: safe driving, drinking milk, piracy, and various local events.

Take 7[edit]

Take 7 is the representative segment of Inkigayo. Every week, seven of the most popular songs of that week are featured, where most artists will perform. At the end of the show, the Mutizen Song ("Mutizen" is a portmanteau of "music" and "netizen", symbolizing a song chosen by netizens) which is the most popular song of the week, receives the award.[9] This has replaced the regular countdown charts format seen in most music programs and eliminates the need to rank artists. One song can only receive the award a maximum of three times. The following week, it is removed from the Take 7 list. This system was abolished on July 10, 2012.[5]

First Place winners[edit]


Mutizen Song winners[edit]


Triple Crown (Old system)[edit]

Triple Crown is a song that has received Mutizen Song three times. After that, the song is removed from Take 7 and ineligible to win again.

Inkigayo Q[edit]

Viewers can ask a designated artist of the week questions through SBS mobile app Soty. During this interview segment, selected questions are asked and those users receive prizes for their participation. This segment began on February 17, 2013.

Inkigayo Showcase[edit]

A new stage to showcase talented indie and new artists who are hard to see on television each week.[15] This segment began along with Inkigayo Chart on March 17, 2013.

Inkigayo Chart[edit]

After abolishing Take 7 in July 2012, a new chart system was implemented on March 17, 2013. The revived chart will feature fifty songs for viewers to vote on (like the previous Take 7 chart) through SBS mobile app Soty, combined with Digital Song Chart and Offline Album Chart in collaboration with the Music Industry Association of Korea's Gaon Chart to create the Inkigayo Chart.[16]

The chart is calculated by combining Digital sales points (55%) from Gaon Digital Chart, Album sales points (5%) from Gaon Album Chart, SNS Points (35%) from YouTube views, and Advance viewers vote points (5%) from voting on MelOn. The top three artists of the chart become First Place Nominees, who go through live SMS and voting from Melon. voting by viewers (10%), which will be combined with the existing scores to determine the First Place winner, known as the Top Artist of the week.[15][17]

Period covered Chart system
March 17, 2013 Digital single sales (50%), SNS (30%), advance viewer votes (20%), live votes (20%) (for 1st place candidates only)
March 24, 2013 – February 1, 2015 Digital single sales (60%), SNS (YouTube Views) (35%), advance viewer votes (5%), live votes (10%) (for 1st place candidates only)
February 8, 2015 – present Digital single sales (55%), SNS (YouTube Views) (35%), album sales (5%), advance viewer votes (5%), live votes (10%) (for 1st place candidates only)

First Place winners[edit]


Triple Crown (New system)[edit]

Triple Crown is a song that has received First Place three times. After that, the song is removed from the chart and ineligible to win again.


Achievements by artists[edit]


Nipslip scandal[edit]

A Nipslip scandal involved Ryu Hwa-young, ex-member of T-ara, in the January 29, 2012 episode of Inkigayo in which she accidentally exposed her breast during her dance solo. A screencap made its rounds online through Korean media portals and SNS services. JoongAng Ilbo said that the show was airing live when the incident occurred.[24][25] Core Contents Media issued an official statement about the nipslip saying: “T-ara’s stage was done completely live, and it was a live broadcast accident. There weren’t any problems during their rehearsal [...]. Before the fact that she’s a celebrity, she’s still a minor, so we hope that people will remember that she’s a young girl.”[26] SBS issued an apology statement.[26]

Similar programs[edit]

See also[edit]

International broadcast[edit]


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