All weekly music shows from the various TV networks have been canceled this week starting today due to the Sewol Ferry tragedy that shook the nation yesterday.
Thursday’s (April 17 KST) music show from Mnet, “M!Countdown,” Friday’s (April 18 KST) music show from KBS, “Music Bank,” Saturday’s (April 19 KST) music show from MBC, “Music Core,” and Sunday’s (April 20 KST) music show from SBS, “Inkigayo,” have been canceled.
The cancellation of these various music shows affects the promotion schedules of many singers in the industry, as well as reflecting the desires of the artists to defer promotions out of respect for the hundreds of victim of the ferry tragedy. Some of the comebacks affected are from singer Kim Jin Ho of SG Wannabe, Lena Park, Block B, EXO, and Junggigo.
Specifically, Block B planned to hold their comeback stage for “Jackpot” on “M!Countdown” today, which was canceled. EXO’s (EXO-K) first music show comeback stage for “Overdose” was to be through “Music Bank,” but it has since been deferred indefinitely.
On April 16, a ferry traveling from Incheon to Jeju Island and carrying 475 passengers sank off the coast of Jindo. Over 300 of the passengers were students from Danwon High School in Ansan, taking a school trip. As of 11AM KST on April 17, nine passengers are reported dead with 179 rescued and 287 still missing.