SBS‘s music program ‘Inkigayo‘ recently announced that it would be doing away with weekly ‘Mutizen‘ winners, as well as getting rid of the ‘Take 7‘ segment that announced the top artists for every week.
Explaining the changes, the ‘Inkigayo’ producers said, “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.”
Most music industry professionals supported the change, reasoning that more artists will now have a chance at the spotlight and introduce more diverse content. “It’s a fact that artists from large-scale companies have practically taken over the top rankings.”
Another industry worker echoed his thoughts. “Since fandoms play no small role in determining the rankings, new artists from smaller companies have had a tough time at even getting to be on stage.”
However, some producers remained cautious about the change. “This kind of talk has been going on since the early 2000′s. But every time, the ranking format has remained. This means that there is no system that is nearly as exciting and effective [as the weekly rankings].”
Other producers worried about the artists. “For artists such as male idols who depend on album sales, this could be a problem. Honestly, it is the truth that male idols have been strengthened due to their fandoms, who purchase albums to create an advantage for their idols.”
“If rankings disappear, these kinds of supportive actions will probably vanish,” he concluded.
What are your thoughts on the issue? Would you rather see the ranking and winner system go, or do you want things to remain the way they are?
Source: Sports Seoul via Nate