Also, M! Countdown will no longer choose a first place winner between the top two songs. Instead, the show will choose a first place winner between the top ten songs chosen according to weekly sales and online digital sales.
CP Kim Ki Woong who is in charge of the show stated, “Because this data will be used later for MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards) decisions, we focused on being accurate and fair.”
Additionally, M! Countdown plans to have special stages every episode in order to make the show “global.” CP Kim expressed, “Last year M! Countdown was aired in 9 different regions of Asia including Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, Singapore, and Singapore Asia. This year we plan to include America, Cambodia, and the Philippines to the list and be sure to have ‘trendy’ stage performances that emphasize how global this show is.”