More fans are traveling to Korea to attend live recordings of music chart shows. (Photo courtesy of CJ E&M)
Attending a music television programme has become quite the quintessential experience for many K-pop fans.
Every Thursday to Sunday, it’s common to find long lines of fans queuing (some even queue overnight) to enter the recording of these shows in Seoul.
While weekly music ranking chart shows are also prevalent in other countries, the magnitude of such shows is not quite comparable to that of Korean music shows.
To understand this phenomenon, Yahoo Singapore was at the live recording of a recent episode of popular weekly chart show, M! Countdown.
High production cost
While CJ E&M, the entertainment company that produces M! Countdown, was unable to disclose details regarding production cost, it was evident, upon entering the studio, that the company had invested quite a bit in terms of staging, technology and manpower.
A total of 12 cameras were used to film the one-hour show, in which invited K-pop artistes performed on a stage which was fitted with large screens and elaborateRead More »from Korean music television programmes: Important piece to K-pop puzzle