Though it will have little influence on international K-pop releases, a big change is coming to South Korea on Feb. 27. Starting next week, Korean music services will change their ranking systems in an attempt to reduce chart manipulation while still maintaining real-time charts.
The new real-time ranking system -- which will affect Korean music sites Melon, Bugs, Genie, Mnet, Soribada, Naver Music and Monkey3 -- will only reflect performance of digital songs released between the hours of noon and 6 p.m. (local Korean time). Anything that premieres outside of the six-hour block will only appear at 1 p.m. the following day, a major shift away from the current industrywide midnight release schedule.
According to Yonhap News, the switch comes after Korea’s culture ministry sent a request to chart-organizing committee Korea Music Content Industry Association (KMCIA) in December. The government department urged the KMCIA to take into consideration a variety of issues caused by the around-the-clock chart rankings that enabled artists with large fan followings to flood the charts at off-peak hours.