Mnet responds to court cases about '2015 MAMA' vote casting system

Mnet responds to court cases about '2015 MAMA' vote casting system

Mnet responds to lawsuits about

Mnet has spoke back to complaints about the voting device for the "2015 Mnet Asian Tune Awards". Citizens had been complaining that the count has been messed with, suggesting that the formulation isn't reflecting the actual winners.

On November 20, a rep from Mnet stated, "We made a voting page to save you ineligible votes, and we are tracking them for accurate results. Fanatics can best vote once on a day-to-day basis via one account, so it"s now not imaginable that any person may vote a couple of times for an artist and disillusioned the ballot."

The rep added that regardless that some users have created multiple accounts below one call to vote a massive number of times, the site has a CAPTCHA system in position to counteract that issue.

In other news, the "2015 MAMA" is going down in Hong Kong on December 2.

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2015 MAMA vote casting for 2015 MAMA NOW OPEN

2015 MAMA vote casting for 2015 MAMA NOW OPEN

--> Voting for the 2015 Mnet Asian song Awards (MAMA) has officially opened!

This year, fanatics can vote for their favourite artists in 17 categories, adding the coveted UnionPay Artist of the Year and UnionPay Song of the Year, at the professional 2015 MAMA page.

2015 MAMA Balloting for ′2015 MAMA′ NOW OPEN

Voting might be open till December 1, 2015 24:00 (KST).

The 2015 MAMA will be returning to the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong on December 2. CNBLUE, BTS, GOT7 and Zion.T have already been showed for the event, with more stars to be published in the days to come.

Check out all the nominees and vote here!

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 Vote for Soompi Awards 2013 and Win K-Pop Figurines, CDs and LINE Plushies!

Vote for Soompi Awards 2013 and Win K-Pop Figurines, CDs and LINE Plushies!

 Vote for Soompi Awards 2013 and Win K-Pop Figurines, CDs and LINE Plushies! Hi Soompiers!

Can you believe that Soompi Awards 2013 is almost over? No way, right!

As such, we’re throwing a giveaway from now until the end of the voting period (Monday, January 13 @ 11:59pm KST).

We’ll be randomly giving away 20 LINE character plushies (aren’t they soo cute?!), 10 random signed K-Pop CDs including 2PM, Super Junior, and MBLAQ to Soompiers who participate in the giveaway and random K-Pop idol figurines (cost up to $150- WOW!).

Read: [Exclusive] Who’s Currently on Top? Halfway Results for Soompi Awards 2013

Read: [Vote] Support Your Favorites in Soompi Awards 2013!

Check the “Important Note” section below for answers to possible questions you might have!

So, how do you participate?

1. Add Soompi’s official account (Go to MoreOfficial AccountsSoompi) 

2. Vote for Soompi Awards 2013 through Soompi’s official account on LINE 

3. Submit your email address and a message that you’ve voted when Soompi goes “On Air”

That’s it! Youre DONE!

Important Note! As the app might be new for many users, we’ve provided answers to common questions below.

Q: What exactly is LINE?

A: LINE is a communication mobile app, which offers many neat (free) features. You can read more of the features and check out which of today’s most popular K-Pop celebs have official accounts here.

Q: How do I add Soompi’s official account?

A: Look at the bottom of the screen. Go to MoreOfficial AccountsSoompi

Q: What exactly is “On Air”?

A: “On Air” is a neat function on LINE where fans can send text messages to Soompi’s official account and it will be received! When Soompi is not “On Air,” you usually get a message that we didn’t receive your text.

Q: Okay, got it. But, how do I know when Soompi is “On Air”?

A: There will be an “On Air” sign right next to our account.

Q: Who can participate?

A: Anyone and everyone! Just have to follow the 3 simple steps listed above. ^^

Q: Will other people see my texts?

A: Nope! Only Soompi will see your texts. No one else will be able to see your messages sent to us.

Q: What will you do with our email addresses?

A: We will randomly pick users and contact them through the email address provided that they’ve been selected to win! More information will be included in the email message sent to the winners.

Q: When exactly will Soompi go “On Air”?

A: From NOW to Monday, January 13 at 11:59pm (KST)

Q: Will I have a higher chance of winning if I vote multiple times?

A: Yes. Please send us a screenshot for the different times you’ve voted to increase your chances to win!

VOTE NOW!

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[Exclusive] Vote for  Awards 2013 and Win K-Pop Figurines, CDs and LINE Plushies!

[Exclusive] Vote for Awards 2013 and Win K-Pop Figurines, CDs and LINE Plushies!

[Exclusive] Vote forAwards 2013 and Win K-Pop Figurines, CDs and LINE Plushies!Hi Soompiers!

Can you believe that Soompi Awards 2013 is almost over? No way, right!

As such, we’re throwing a giveaway from now until the end of the voting period (Monday, January 13 @ 11:59pm KST).

We’ll be randomly giving away 20 LINE character plushies (aren’t they soo cute?!), 10 random signed K-Pop CDs including 2PM, Super Junior, and MBLAQ to Soompiers who participate in the giveaway and random K-Pop idol figurines (cost up to $150- WOW!).

Check the “Important Note” section below for answers to possible questions you might have!

So, how do you participate?

1. Vote for Soompi Awards 2013 through Soompi’s official account on LINE

2. Take a screenshot when you’re finished voting (there will be a page that says “survey complete”)

3. Submit your email address and the screenshot (from instruction #2) when Soompi goes “On Air” (M

That’s it! Youre DONE!

Important Note! As the app might be new for many users, we’ve provided answers to common questions below.

Q: What exactly is LINE?

A: LINE is a communication mobile app, which offers many neat (free) features. You can read more of the features and check out which of today’s most popular K-Pop celebs have official accounts here.

Q: How do I add Soompi’s official account?

A: Look at the bottom of the screen. Go to MoreOfficial AccountsSoompi

Q: What exactly is “On Air”?

A: “On Air” is a neat function on LINE where fans can send text messages to Soompi’s official account and it will be received! When Soompi is not “On Air,” you usually get a message that we didn’t receive your text.

Q: Okay, got it. But, how do I know when Soompi is “On Air”?

A: There will be an “On Air” sign right next to our account.

Q: Who can participate?

A: Anyone and everyone! Just have to follow the 3 simple steps listed above. ^^

Q: Will other people see my texts?

A: Nope! Only Soompi will see your texts. No one else will be able to see your messages sent to us.

Q: What will you do with our email addresses?

A: We will randomly pick users and contact them through the email address provided that they’ve been selected to win! More information will be included in the email message sent to the winners.

Q: When exactly will Soompi go “On Air”?

A: From NOW to Monday, January 13 at 11:59pm (KST)

Q: Will I have a higher chance of winning if I vote multiple times?

A: Yes. Please send us a screenshot for the different times youve voted to increase your chances to win! 

VOTE NOW!

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[Vote] Support Your Favorites in  Awards 2013!

[Vote] Support Your Favorites in Awards 2013!

[Vote] Support Your Favorites inAwards 2013!» Vote for your favorite artists now! «

Hello Soompiers, and welcome to the Soompi Awards 2013! *applause*

The Soompi Awards are largest international awards commemorating the annual achievements in K-Pop, each and every year since 2004. For our ninth year, we are pleased to announce our collaboration with the awesome mobile application LINE. With LINE, you can exchange text messages, photos, video and audio media, and make phone calls, all for free! 

This years nominees vary from perennial fan favorites such as Girls Generation, to old-time rockers such as Cho Yong Pil, to international superstars such as PSY, to youthful rookies such as Lim Kim, to indie-turned-mainstream rockers Busker Busker, to timeless sexy divas such as Lee Hyori. Whatever your biases in the world of K-Pop in 2013, weve got you covered. All you have to do is vote for your favoritesall the time! The breakdown is as follows:

[Vote] Support Your Favorites inAwards 2013!

The voting period will last from December 24 to January 13 (KST). You can vote as often as you want on the web, and once a day on LINE. However, Best Music Video and Song of the Year are only available for voting on LINE. So download the app now and get started! The nominees for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Artist of the Year were decided using quantitative and qualitative factors, including Soompi Music Chart rankings, international fan base, and staff discussion. Please refer to the voting page for the full list of nominees.

 Come and support your favorite artists in Soompi Awards 2013! Be sure to use the hashtag #SoompiAwards to spread the word. Thanks and see you in 2014 with the results!

Vote for your favorite artists now!

 

Scoring Details:

For the majority of categories, the decision will be split with 60% coming from fan votes, and 40% coming from the Soompi Music Chart rankings.  For the latter, the winning artists/songs of each category will receive a full 600 points.  All other artists/songs will receive a prorated score based on the percentage point finished below the winner. 

The other 40% comes from our weekly music chart scores, adjusted for competition, seasonal, and position factors.

Competition: The total scores of all 50 songs added up for each week, compared to average score (over 52 weeks) in 2013.  The weeks with above average scores mean that the songs in that week are facing stronger competition, and thus are “rewarded” with an adjustment factor to which it is above the average score.  Likewise, songs appearing in a week that is under average are “penalized” with an adjustment factor to which it is under the average score.

Seasonal: Albums and songs released towards the end of the year are weighted higher than the beginning of the year because more popular singers and important albums are usually released in the second half of the year.  We are using an increment of 0.01 each week, starting from January Week 1 with a factor of 0.75.  July Week 1 is the mid-year point and the factor is 1. December Week 4 is our last week and the factor is 1.25.

Position factor: To reward songs that rank higher in the chart, we assign a weight for each song each week.  Even though our weekly chart has 50 songs, the focus is still on the top 20 songs.  As a result, songs from No. 1 to No. 20 will receive a considerably higher factor than songs from No. 21 to No. 50 each week, as follows:

1 – 1.000      2 – 0.965     3 – 0.930        4 – 0.895      5 – 0.860          6 – 0.825        7 – 0.790       8 – 0.755        9 – 0.720        10 – 0.685 And so forth. 

The raw music chart score will be transferred to the music chart weight score with the highest of each category receiving 400 points.  The scoring mechanism is the same as fan voting.  Adding up fan voting (60%) and music chart (40%) will be the total score.  The highest total score on each category will be declared winners.  The maximum possible point scored on each category is 1000.

Vote for your favorite artists now!

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VOTE NOW for the  Annual Year-End Poll: What Was the Best Song of 2013 and Which Stars Were the Most Influential and Representative of the Year

VOTE NOW for the Annual Year-End Poll: What Was the Best Song of 2013 and Which Stars Were the Most Influential and Representative of the Year

2013 KpopStarz PollVOTE NOW for theAnnual Year-End Poll: What Was the Best Song of 2013 and Which Stars Were the Most Influential and Representative of the Year? The end of the year is always a good time for reflection - that's why we here at KpopStarz have compiled three exhaustive lists for our annual year-end poll.

We got you all thinking about it back in the summer when we held two polls selecting K-Pop's most internationally influential group and the artist who was most representative of the genre for the first half of 2013.

Pop duo TVXQ defended their crown by winning the most influential group category while JYJ member Yoochun came out on top of the most representative artist earlier this year.

Now with the last six months added to the mix, plus a third poll category for 2013's best song, will TVXQ and JYJ be able to do it all again?

There is no arguing that 2013 was a fantastic year for K-Pop.There were dozens of great, unique songs from top idols, talented young newcomers, and veteran singers alike.Choosing the Best K-Pop Song of 2013 is certainly going to be a difficult feat.

After poring through 120 albums and over 200 songs from some 400 group members and solo artists, we have finally narrowed it down to the year's 50 best singles, top 40 groups, and 218 individual stars to battle it out in our final poll of 2013.

The Best Song nominees were selected from the best-selling singles with high chart rankings and fan and critics' favorites. For K-Pop Group That Has Expanded the Most Globally, we took into consideration factors such as collaborations, international tours, and overseas record sales. The individuals up for Best Representative Artist are the members of those influential groups plus popular soloists who have also had a huge impact on K-Pop this year.

Will Junsu be able to follow up 2012's winning song "Tarantallegra" with a win for this super fun summer hit "Incredible" or will the glory be taken by one of the YG soloists G-Dragon, CL, Taeyang, Psy, TOP, Seungri or Lee Hi?Perhaps newcomers EXO or LC9 will rise to the top, or one of the veteran artists on the list like Shinhwa or Cho Yong Pil - or even hip-hop stars Dynamic Duo or Drunken Tiger.

Now is your chance to select the best of the best.Polls open on December 8 and run through December 21 - that's two full weeks of voting for all you K-Pop fans out there, so let your voices be heard!

Each user and IP address will be allowed to vote once per day, so be sure to check back often to vote for your favorites.

Visit the official polling page HERE for the full list of nominees in each of the three categories and to cast your votes!

And be sure to check back for all the 2013 KpopStarz poll winners on December 22!

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K-Pop Crossover: Photo Of 2NE1 Meeting Stevie Wonder Uploaded By 2013 MAMA!

K-Pop Crossover: Photo Of 2NE1 Meeting Stevie Wonder Uploaded By 2013 MAMA!

K-Pop Crossover: Photo Of 2NE1 Meeting Stevie Wonder Uploaded By 2013 MAMA! (Photo : Instagram)2NE1 recently got a chance to meet Stevie Wonder at the 2013 Mama Awards, and now fans can check out the moment in a new photo!

In the backstage photo, Minzy of 2NE1 and Taeyang of Big Bang can be seen meeting and greeting Stevie Wonder, who is shaking hands with someone else.

Scene of #2013MAMABackstage with #1stLook(@firstlook_T)! Stevie Wonder, MINZY, TAEYANG pic.twitter.com/W7XzO4WfiE

2013MAMA(엠넷아시안뮤직어워즈) (@MnetMAMA) December 5, 2013

"I met Stevie Wonder at MAMA 2013 and had a [great talk] with him," said 2NE1 leader CL."He gave me many words of good advice. Listening to him, I thought that we have been using the power of music for other purposes rather than for sharing love. I reflected on myself and on that [subject], a lot."

At the 2013 MAMA Awards, Stevie Wonder also performed a duet with Sistar singer Hyolyn, who can be seen preparing for her performance below.

#2013MAMABackstage with #1stLook(@firstlook_T)! #EXOLay #SandaraPark(@krungy21),#CL,#Hyolyn#INFINITESungyeol pic.twitter.com/dKdqayYob02013MAMA(엠넷아시안뮤직어워즈) (@MnetMAMA) December 5, 2013 But it seemed like CL was the one who gained the most wisdom from the legendary singer, who has 10 number one singles under his belt.

"Stevie Wonder is a person who has a great and broad-minded view of the world," CL said.

"I thought a lot of things, seeing his mind [which is clearly] beyond that of ordinary people. As a musician, having a boyfriend and relationship is very important, but I came to think that I want to use the power of music for bigger purposes, too."

"Spreading warmth to as many people as possible and making them unite is something that only music can do," she added. "I want to do such things with my music, and that is my concept of love."

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Stevie Wonder Takes Photos with Hyorin and Big Bang at 2013 MAMA

Stevie Wonder Takes Photos with Hyorin and Big Bang at 2013 MAMA

Stevie Wonder Takes Photos with Hyorin and Big Bang at 2013 MAMAMusical legend Stevie Wonder not only performed at the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards, but also took the time to take two friendly photos with some of K-Pops hottest celebrities.

The day after the award show, Sistars Hyorin tweeted a photo she took with Stevie Wonder and wrote, I still feel like Im dreaming after this performing on a dream-like stage. I will mature to show a more impressive self. I love you Stevie Wonder.

Hyorin had shared a special stage with Stevie Wonder at 2013 MAMA, and it looks like the two took a photo together backstage after their performance.

G-Dragon, Taeyang, and Seungri from Big Bang also had a chance to take a picture with Stevie Wonder backstage. A photo of the four was shared through Big Bangs official Twitter account. 

Check out our recap of the 2013 MAMA and watch the performances. 

Stevie Wonder Takes Photos with Hyorin and Big Bang at 2013 MAMA

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EXOs D.O Injured During 2013 MAMA Performance

EXOs D.O Injured During 2013 MAMA Performance

EXO’s D.O Injured During 2013 MAMA PerformanceEXO’s D.O had his right ankle injured during the group’s performance at the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards on November 22. He ended up seeking treatment for his injury at a local hospital.

EXO’s agency, SM Entertainment, said that D.O complained of pain in his right ankle after EXO finished their MAMA performance, and he was immediately taken to a nearby hospital in Hong Kong for medical examination and emergency treatment. As a result, he was not on stage with the rest of the EXO members to receive the Album of the Year award.

According to hospital results, D.O did not suffer any damage to the bone, and is planning to receive physical treatment as soon as he returns to Korea on November 23. According to the representative, D.O’s injury is not serious and can be treated adequately with physical therapy.

EXO performed hit songs “Growl” and “Wolf” and received a warm response for their top-notch performance. The performance, titled “A Sweet Dream,” began with the EXO members tied to their desks, with the members breaking free from their bonds and launching into an energetic performance of “Growl.” This was followed by a martial arts-dance battle between Kai and Luhan. Their next song, “Wolf,” moved to the center stage and made good use of the floor lighting to amplify their performance. Despite injuring his ankle while performing, D.O displayed his fighting spirit, finishing off the performance without even a hint of injury.

Singer-songwriter Yoon Jong Shin left a positive comment on his Twitter account, saying, “Ah cool. That’s why EXO is EXO.”

EXO released their first studio album, “XOXO,” this year and are approaching the 1 million mark in album sales. They won the Album of the Year at the 2013 MAMA, and in their acceptance speeches, one comment that struck a note was to “just enjoy the moment.” I’m sure they’ll be doing just that!

EXO’s D.O Injured During 2013 MAMA Performance

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Big Bang's G-Dragon & 2NE1's CL Start Off 2013 MAMA On A Winning Note

Big Bang's G-Dragon & 2NE1's CL Start Off 2013 MAMA On A Winning Note

MAMA 2013, G-Dragon, CL, INFINITE, Crayon Pop, 2NE1, Seungri, Big Bang

Big Bang's G-Dragon2NE1's CL Start Off 2013 MAMA On A Winning Note G-Dragon wins the Best Music Video Award. Within the first hour of the four hour 2013 MAMA ceremony Big Bang's leader G-Dragon received the Nissan Juke Best Music Video Award and 2NE1's CL was the winner of the Best Dance Performance-Female Solo Award.During the Red Carpet, many artists expressed excitement for the comeback stages of Big Bang, TOP's solo stage, as well as 2NE1.G-Dragon also received the award for Best Male Artist, which was given to him by America's very own living Barbie, Paris Hilton.G-Dragon thanked YG Family and his fans, VIP for the win. Audiences were treated to humorous expressions and plenty of aegyo from G-Dragon, as well as his group mate Seungri.

MAMA 2013 opened with performances by Jaurim, Jay Park, and Lee Ha Neul with the Enter the Dragon stage.It was a fusion of rock and hip hop that was very well received by the audience.

Other performance highlights included a very sexy stage by Trouble Maker of Now.Audiences went wild for HyunA's sensual dance and a very passionate kiss at the end of the stage.Big Bang's G-Dragon and Seungri were particularly funny throughout this performance showing approval for the artists.

INFINITE delivered a very powerful rendition of BTD which segued into Destiny.The group highlighted their trademark synchronization, as well as their rap skills throughout their performance.It is obvious that the group has gained a lot of skill from their world tour.

2NE1 closed out the first hour of MAMA, beginning with their performance of Lonely which led to the live stage of their new ballad Missing You.

Other winners in the first hour of the award included Sistar's win for Best Dance Performance-Female Group and Crayon Pop for Best New Female Artist. The Discovery of the Year award was given to BaechiGi and Best Asian Artist China was awarded to Aaron Kwok.

With the performances and awards just beginning, it is obvious that there will be many more surprises to come.2013 MAMA is definitely a reflection of the worldwide votes and the 2 billion plus worldwide viewers. With broadcasts and live streams held throughout the world, 2013 MAMA has proven to be an event for true music fans.

Photo Credit: Mnet America

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