We've all been there. You know what I'm talking about: seconds before the winner of an Inkigayo episode is announced, your favorite artist or group is in the running and you're praying that they win. Here's how to help them.
The show airs on Sundays at 4:10 PM, KST. The voting time frame is Monday 12AM KST to Sunday 11:59PM KST. Inkigayo's point sources go as followed: -60% Digital Sales -35% SNS Votes -5% M&TV Talk App Vote
Digital Sales Digital Sales points come from fans who stream or download their music on any of the following sites: MelOn, Bugs, Soribada, Genie, Mnet, Olleh, Monkey3, Naver, Daum MelOn is the biggest of the list. You need to create an account and log in in order to listen to the full song. Also, no matter how many times you download a song, it is only counted as one. MelOn counts their score from 40% streaming and 60% downloads. Soribada, Mnet, and Bugs count their scores from 50% streaming and 50% downloads. Unless you pay, you will only be able to stream 1-minute long previews. Listening to the previews doesn't count towards the chart.
SNS Votes Music Videos Inkigayo only counts views on the music video posted on the group's or company's official channel. This means watching the video on 1THEK's channel will not get you any points on Inkigayo. However, this will help with other music shows. Don't forget to like and comment on the music video and to tell your friends! Facebook Facebook votes are obtained by "liking" the artist's official page, as well as liking, commenting on, and sharing their posts. Twitter Twitter votes are obtained through how many people are talking about the artist and the song. Talk about them on Twitter and use the hashtags of the group and the title of the song/s they're performing. It is better that the Hashtags are in Korean! And don't use too many hashtags, it may be counted as spam. Make sure your Twitter account is public. Search Search your group's name (in Korean!) on Korean sites, such as MelOn, Daum, Naver, and Nate.
M&TV Talk App (Disclaimer: It is very hard for international fans to gain access to this app.) Making an Account 1) Go to the App Store or Google Play store on your mobile device. Search and download an app called "엠앤TV톡". 2) Click on the yellow button that says “회원가입” to sign up. 3) Check both Terms & Conditions boxes and the button on the bottom that says “다음” will turn yellow. Click it. 4) Fill out the information and the button on the bottom this time (also says “다음”) will also turn yellow. Click it. 5) The next page asks for your phone number. The button on the left asks for your country. The default is South Korea, so if you live elsewhere, change it to your country. The countries are listed in Korean, so if you can't read Hangul, you have two options. A: Look for your country code on the right hand side or B: Learn Hangul here on Kpop Addiction's website. The button on the right asks for your phone number, so type that in. This is to confirm your account. 6) You will receive a confirmation code via text message. Type it in the box that shows up. 7) Voila~ You now have an M&TV Talk account. Pre-Voting 1) Open the M&TV Talk app and once you're logged in and have an account, click the TV icon in the upper-left hand corner. 2) Once this screen pops up, click the “인기가요 사전 투표” (Inkigayo pre-votes) button. 3) Scroll down until you see the artist you want to vote for and press the yellow button to vote for them! You should get a pop-up window after pressing the vote button; just press the yellow button again and you’re done! Live Votes 1) To vote for an artist during the live showing of Inkigayo, click on the TV icon and go to the “인기가요” button and find the "투표" (vote) tab. 2) The live voting starts at 3:40 PM KST so start as soon as possible!