Everything You Need To Know About KBS’ Weekly Music Show, Music Bank: Airing Time, Score System, Special Concert, MC, and More

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Find Out More About The Most Popular Show: KBS’ Music Bank

KBS’ Music Bank is a South Korean music program that airs every Friday at 17:00 KST on KBS2. Since 2015, the show is also broadcast in more than a hundred countries through KBS World. KBS started in 1998 and is popular until now. Let’s read more about KBS’ Music Bank in this Channel-Korea article! Stay tuned and keep scrolling!

About KBS’ Music Bank

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Korean Broadcasting System’s Music Bank is one of the most popular music programs of South Korea and eventually available globally with subtitles on KBS World, including on official YouTube streaming. This show has become one of the sources hugely impacting the Korean Wave and has a solid fan base around the world. This KBS Music show is marked as the most reachable of the major K-Pop television shows.

Long before KBS’ Music Bank, exactly in 1981, there was another show titled Top 10 Songs, which aired at 6.30 KST on Friday. Then in 1998, Bravo New Generation took over the show but they got a low rating so it directly changed into KBS’ Music Bank on June 18th, 1998.

KBS’ Music Bank is a music program based on the requests of viewers and listeners. They changed from charts song into song or music that is most wanted by audiences. But in 2009, the chart format was changed again, they put it based on category.

K-Chart and Point System

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K-Chart is the system of countdown charts of Music Bank. The system of charts is 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%).

The Top 50 songs of the week are highlighted on the show, where the Top 21–50 songs are shown through signboard and the Top 20–3 songs are highlighted by the hosts. Then, this is the curious part that makes all the artists and viewers get their hearts pounding. The hosts will shout out the Top Two songs and finally reveal who will be the winner of the week. The song that is Number 1 on the chart is the winner of that week’s chart and receives an award. Yaaaay!

During the last week of June, the most popular song of the first half of the year was 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.

Due to previous and 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 shown.

As usual, each category would only be shown once a month. It was pretty 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 the combined charts (Album Sales Charts (20%) + Digital Music Charts (50%) + Viewers Choice Charts (30%)).

But since May 2009, this system was left for the combined charts featured every week. Because of this system Music Bank’s ranking system is different from other previous and current televised K-Pop music shows, making an artist eligible to win an unlimited number of times with the same song (other shows generally remove it from the charts after three wins). As other music charts exposed rule a full score of 10,000 or 11,000, Music Bank‘s full score is 200,000, which means that the Digital Music Charts category has 130,000 points as the full score, 40,000 for Broadcast, 20,000 for Viewers’ Choice, and finally 10,000 for Album Sales.

List of Favourite MCs Through Time

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Throughout all the seasons of KBS’ Music Bank, there have been several hosts of this popular music show. There are Lovelyz’s Kei and actor Choi Won Myeong in June 2018. 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.

The most favorite hosts of the audience during the show were Park Bo-gum and Irene. They were deemed one of the best partnerships in the show’s history by the media. They became visual hosts with great chemistry which even led to the two being suspected of having a relationship behind the scene.

Park Bo-gum and Irene both showed originality of themselves while hosting and it displayed purity with no script on their reactions and statements.

After they stopped hosting the show together, during an interview, Irene was asked about the rumor involving her in a romantic relationship with her co-host Park Bo-gum. Irene replied that she didn’t know that there was such a dating rumor, meeting and working with Park Bo-gum already made her pulse racing.

Irene said that the way he treated her during the show was very well-mannered.

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About Music Bank World Tour

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The Music Bank World Tour is a worldwide live concert tour of the South Korean music show Music Bank by the Korean Broadcasting System. This World Tour includes live performances, featuring multiple K-Pop acts, in various locations outside of South Korea. For the record, since July 2011, the Music Bank World Tour has been held in multiple cities across Asia, Europe, and Latin America with an estimated global live audience of 200,000.

The tour restarted in 2017 with Singapore and Jakarta as its stops right after a two-year hiatus.

Here is a list of Music Bank World Tour history including artists and places:

2011

Tokyo (July 13th, 2011)
  • TVXQ
  • Girls’ Generation
  • Kara
  • 2PM
  • Beast
  • 4Minute
  • U-Kiss
  • Secret
  • Rainbow
  • Infinite
  • Baek Ji-young
  • Park Hyun-bin
  • RaNia

2012

Paris (February 8th, 2012)
  • Girls’ Generation
  • SHINee
  • 2PM
  • BEAST
  • 4Minute
  • Sistar
  • T-ara
  • U-Kiss
Hong Kong (June 23rd, 2012)
  • TVXQ
  • Beast
  • CNBLUE
  • Wonder Girls
  • MBLAQ
  • f(x)
  • Infinite
  • IU
Viña del Mar (November 2nd, 2012)
  • Super Junior
  • CNBLUE
  • After School
  • MBLAQ
  • Davichi
  • RaNia

2013

Jakarta (March 9th, 2013)
  • Super Junior
  • Eru
  • Sistar
  • Teen Top
  • 2PM
  • Beast
  • SHINee
  • Infinite
Istanbul (September 7th, 2013)
  • Super Junior
  • MBLAQ
  • F.T. Island
  • Beast
  • miss A
  • Ailee

2014

Rio de Janeiro (June 7th, 2014)
  • SHINee
  • B.A.P
  • MBLAQ
  • Infinite
  • CNBLUE
  • Ailee
  • M.I.B
Mexico City (October 30th, 2014)
  • Ailee
  • B.A.P
  • Beast
  • Infinite
  • BTS
  • Girl’s Day
  • EXO-K

2015

Hanoi (March 28th, 2015)
  • Exo
  • SHINee
  • Sistar
  • Apink
  • Teen Top
  • Got7
  • Block B

2017

Singapore (August 4th, 2017)
  • BTS[4]
  • SHINee
  • Mamamoo
  • CNBLUE
  • Red Velvet
Jakarta (September 2nd, 2017)
  • Exo
  • B.A.P
  • GFriend
  • NCT 127
  • Astro

2018

Santiago (March 23rd, 2018)
  • Taemin
  • Twice
  • Wanna One
  • VIXX
  • B.A.P.
  • SF9
Berlin (September 15th, 2018)
  • EXO
  • Wanna One
  • Stray Kids
  • Taemin
  • (G)I-DLE
  • Somi

2019

Hong Kong (January 19th, 2019)
  • F.T. Island
  • Ailee
  • Twice
  • Monsta X
  • Seventeen
  • NU’EST W

2020

No confirmed date and country yet.