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Music Bank Changes Scoring Method To Keep Things Fair For All K-Pop Idols

By Staff Reporter | April 22, 2013 07:35 AM EDT

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KBS TV's long-running Friday evening live music show, Music Bank, has yet again changed their scoring method.

As of April 19 Music Bank has revised the way broadcast points are counted for the K-Chart list on the program.

Broadcast points make up 20 percent of the artist's final score and previously any time a song was played on any television program, it was worth one point. It was true of the news and if the song was aired more than once during the program. That system, instated in November 2011, was scored using the digital music charts (65%), album sales (5%), viewers' choice charts (10%), and the number of times broadcast on KBS TV only (20%).

The new rules exclude news media broadcasts and songs now only receive one point for each individual television show, no matter how many times they are played.

The new scoring system is meant to level the playing field for all artists in the wake of Psy's international stardom. Psy and his song "Gangnam Style" hold massive records for the program. In 2012 "Gangnam Style" had the longest consecutive run at number 1 with 10 times, beating out Girls' Generation's previous record of 9 times for "Gee."

Under the previous system, Psy also holds all top ten spots for the highest scores ever received and is ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 10th on the list for highest scores for all the scoring methods since Music Bank's K-Chart system began in 2008.

The new Music Bank scoring system removes the news from the calculations as it was considered to give Psy an unfair advantage due to his disproportionate amount of time in the media spotlight.

The first winner under the newest K-Chart scoring system was K.Will, who faced off against Busker Busker for the top spot.  Psy's "Gentleman" came in at number 4.  

Tagged :  Music Bank, KBS

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