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Music Bank (Korean: 뮤직뱅크) is a South Korean music television program broadcast by KBS. It airs live every Friday at 6:05PM. The show features some of the latest and most popular artists who perform live on stage. It is hosted by actor Hyun Woo and actress Kim Min Ji.
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 requestformat.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 back to its original timeslot of Fridays evenings at 6:30PM 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 mins, airing from 6:30PM to 7:40PM making it the longest music program on air. In November 2008, as part of the Autumn format changes, the show began airing from 6:40PM to 8:00PM for 80 mins. In May 2010, as part of the Spring format changes, the show began airing from 5:50PM to 7:10PM for 80 mins.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.
K-Chart is the countdown charts of Music Bank. The charts are calculated by combining the Digital Music Charts (60%), Album Sales (10%),Number of times broadcast on TV/Radio (20%), and Viewers Choice Charts (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 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.
Music Bank has announced that they’ll be the first public broadcast program with an exclusive chart for OST songs. OSTs will no longer be considered on the ‘K-Chart’, and they’ll be graded with separate standards starting January 28, 2011. However, OST Chart will not hand out awards for songs who land on the #1 spot.
Year Hosts 1998 Ryu Shi-won, Kim Ji-ho 1999 Ryu Shi-won, Hwang Yu-sun Kim Seung-hyun, Hwang Yu-sun Ju Young-hun, Hwang Yu-sun 2000 Ju Young-hun, Kim Gyu-ri Lee Hwi-jae, Song Hye-kyo Lee Hwi-jae, Lee Na-young 2001 Lee Hwi-jae, Kim Bo-kyung Lee Hwi-jae, Kim Min-sun 2002 Lee Hwi-jae, Kim Min-jung Rain, Shoo Jun Jin, Shoo 2003 Choi Jung-won, Park Jung-ah 2004–2005 Ji Sung, Park Eun-hye Nam Gung-min, So Ee-hyun Ji Hyun-woo, Kim Bo-min Kang Kyung-jun, Park Kyung-lim 2006 Kang Kyung-jun, Jang Hee-jin Ha-ha, Lee So-yeon (November 26 - April 1, 2007) 2007 Ha-ha, Lee Hyun-ji (April 8 - February 1, 2008) 2008 Tablo, Kim Sung-eun (February 15 - May 16) Tablo, Min Seo-hyun (May 23 - August 8) Yu Sae-yun, Seo In-young (August 29 - January 9, 2009) 2009 Yu Sae-yun, Park Eun-young (January 16 - July 31) 2009–2010 Song Joong-ki, Seo Hyo-rim (August 7, 2009 - November 19, 2010) 2010–present Hyun Woo, Kim Min-ji (December 3, 2010 – present)
Achievements By ArtistsWinners of Music Bank 1st Place Award of the Year
Year Artist Song 2007 Wonder Girls Tell Me 2008 TVXQ Mirotic 2009 Girls' Generation Gee 2010 Oh!Most No. 1 Winners
Rank Artist Count Debut 1st Girls' Generation 27 Times 2007 2nd Big Bang 18 Times 2006 3rd Wonder Girls 15 Times 2007 4th 2PM 10 Times 2008 Super Junior 2005Most Consecutive No. 1s
Rank Artist Song Row Count Year 1st Girls' Generation Gee 9 2009 2nd Jewelry Baby One More Time 7 2008 3rd Girls' Generation Hoot 5 2010 Oh! G-Dragon Heartbreaker 2009 2NE1 I Don't Care Wonder Girls So Hot 5 2008 MC Mong CircusTop 10 Highest Scores (1st System) January 2009 - July 2009
Rank Artist Song Score Date 1st Girls' Generation Gee 12,982 2009/02/27 2nd 11,984 2009/01/30 3rd SHINee Juliette 10,511 2009/06/19 4th Super Junior It's You 10,347 2009/05/22 5th Sorry, Sorry 10,193 2009/03/27 6th 10,186 2009/04/24 7th 8,670 2009/05/01 8th 8,057 2009/05/08 9th 7,906 2009/05/15 10th Girls' Generation Gee 7,397 2009/01/23Top 10 Highest Scores (2nd System) July 2009 - May 2010
Rank Artist Song Score Date 1st Girls' Generation Oh! 23,077 2010/02/05 2nd 22,689 2010/02/12 3rd G-Dragon Heartbreaker 21,322 2009/09/04 4th Girls' Generation Run Devil Run 21,223 2010/04/02 5th Oh! 20,549 2010/02/26 6th 20,284 2010/02/19 7th G-Dragon Heartbreaker 18,995 2009/09/11 8th Girls' Generation Tell Me Your Wish 17,995 2009/07/10 9th Rain Love Song 16,871 2010/04/16 10th Girls' Generation Oh! 15,931 2010/03/05Top 10 Highest Scores (3rd System) May 2010 – Present
Rank Artist Song Score Date 1st Girls' Generation Hoot 20,516 2010/11/12 2nd Big Bang Tonight 20,214 2011/03/11 3nd IU Good Day 17,451 2010/12/31 4rd Girls' Generation Hoot 17,285 2010/11/05 5th TVXQ Keep Your Head Down 17,168 2011/01/28 6th IU Good Day 17,011 2010/12/24 7th TVXQ Keep Your Head Down 16,181 2011/01/21 8th 16,051 2011/01/14 9th CNBLUE Intuition 15,383 2011/04/08 10th SHINee Lucifer 15,129 2010/08/06Top 10 Highest Scores (All Time) January 2009 – Present
Rank Artist Song Score Date 1st Girls' Generation Oh! 23,077 2010/02/05 2nd 22,689 2010/02/12 3rd G-Dragon Heartbreaker 21,322 2009/09/04 4th Girls' Generation Run Devil Run 21,223 2010/04/02 5th Oh! 20,549 2010/02/26 6th Hoot 20,516 2010/11/12 7th Oh! 20,284 2010/02/19 8nd Big Bang Tonight 20,214 2011/03/11 9th G-Dragon Heartbreaker 18,995 2009/09/11 10th Girls' Generation Tell Me Your Wish 17,995 2009/07/10