Fuse TV

Fuse TV
Fuse TV
Fuse Logo.jpg
Launched 1994 (As MMUSA)
May 19, 2003 (As Fuse)
Owned by Madison Square Garden, Inc. (since 2010)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan where music lives
Headquarters New York City, New York
Sister channel(s) MSG Network
MSG Plus
Website fusemusic.com
DirecTV Channel 339
Channel 1339 (VOD)
Available on most cable systems Check local listings
Verizon FiOS 216 (SD)
716 (HD)

Fuse is an American national television network dedicated exclusively to music. It features original series and specials, exclusive interviews, live concerts and video blocks.

Fuse accommodates a wide range of musical tastes, while targeting a demographic between 18-34 year-olds. It offers music entertainment not only on-air but also on-line (fusemusic.com),[1] on-demand (Fuse On-Demand),[2] in high-definition (Fuse HD) and via mobile (Fuse mobile).[3]



The channel was originally branded MuchMusic USA upon its launch in 1994. During 2003, the channel rebranded as Fuse under Rainbow Media ownership. In 2008, Fuse was transitioned from Rainbow Media to MSG Media, part of The Madison Square Garden Company. Both Rainbow Media and Madison Square Garden were owned by Cablevision at the time. Madison Square Garden (including Fuse) was spun off from Cablevision in February 2010.[4] However, James Dolan is the chairman of both Fuse TV' parent company Madison Square Garden, Inc. and its former parent company Cablevision, and remains an important figure in both companies.


Originally, the network was co-owned by Cablevision and CHUM Limited, and was primarily a simulcast of the Canadian music video channel MuchMusic with the exception of localized commercials, French Kiss, and any imported programming from Viacom, like Pop Up Video and MTV's Video Music Awards and Movie Awards. During these times MuchUSA aired encore presentations of other MuchMusic programming and infomercials.

After CHUM Limited sold its half of the network to Cablevision, it allowed Cablevision to continue running MuchMusic programming and to use the MuchMusic name under a license agreement.


However, in the spring of 2001, Cablevision began airing its own programming on the network under the name "MMUSA" or "MuchMusic USA." Initially, the programming was a locally aired block of music videos with MuchMusic bumpers between commercials.

By June 2001, new localized programming began airing under the "MMUSA" name. This programming was very low budget, and consisted of music videos with color-coded crop bars on the top and bottom of the screen for each show. The non-music-video parts of the show were viewer-submitted videos from the website mmusa.tv, which was highly promoted on the network.

As the year went on, more and more localized programming began airing replacing the MuchMusic programming. By December 2002, the network had reduced its Canadian programming to only one hour a day, with RapCity being the last MuchMusic program to air. Later, the network would have entirely localized "MMUSA" programming.

In early 2003, CHUM revoked Cablevision's license to use the MuchMusic and MMUSA name and everything else having to do with it. By April, the network had announced that it would be renamed "Fuse".[5]


On May 19, 2003, just before 6 a.m. Eastern Time, the network aired its final video as MMUSA: New Found Glory's "My Friends Over You". After the video ended, the network went to a commercial break, then returned as Fuse, and with newly licensed television shows like the cult favorite kung-fu-meets-hip-hop-music mash-up known as Kung Faux.

Fuse studios are located across the Seventh Avenue from Madison Square Garden

The channel originally focused on more underground and indie music genres. Today, Fuse focuses on a much broader range of music genres such as pop, urban, punk, and heavy metal while still encompassing underground and indie music.

Also in its early days, Fuse programming was very music intensive. The network indirectly bashed MTV with a slogan touting Fuse as the channel "where the music went." Fuse's advertising in this period, by New York-based Amalgamated, generated controversy both through its more direct criticism of MTV – Viacom, corporate owner of MTV and for a short while the former owner of many of Fuse's current sister properties, protested when a Fuse billboard appeared across from its headquarters featuring Sally Struthers' plea to "save the music video" – and through its parodies, particularly that of the iPod ad campaign.[6][7][8][9] In late 2005, Fuse had a week of end-to-end music videos, sponsored by Snapple. Fuse had rights to air programming from IFC such as Whitest Kids You Know and Hell Girl until 2010 when Rainbow lost its rights to Fuse.


In 2008, Fuse signed on to be the exclusive television partner for some major music events, including a three-year deal to air the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.[10] and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Fuse also works with the Van's Warped Tour, Voodoo Experience and Lollapalooza, airing interviews and live news from the festivals.

In 2009, Fuse began airing a 2-minute long news show called The Daily Noise which is updated courtesy of Billboard Magazine.

Through the network's Fuse Presents original series, which televises concerts of popular artists from iconic venues, Fuse has featured the following shows:

Fuse profiles some of today's most prominent musicians and celebrities through the network's studio shows, such as On The Record, hosted by Toure, and Fuse Top 20 Countdown hosted by Allison Hagendorf and Juliya.

On June 20, 2010, Fuse simulcasted the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards, marking the first time the station has aired the video awards since 2002.[16]

Blink-182 and former +44 singer/bassist Mark Hoppus hosts his own weekly television series on Fuse, titled Hoppus on Music.[17][18] The show has featured a star-studded lineup of guests, including Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Linkin Park, Snoop Dogg, Phil Collins, Ben Folds, Kid Cudi, Simple Plan, Flo Rida, and Ozzy Osbourne.

Fuse has also eliminated its paid programming block in the early morning hours and now operates 24 hours a day.

On June 28, 2011, VEVO and Fuse entered into a video syndication and content partnership. As part of the partnership, Fuse.tv will syndicate VEVO's music video and entertainment programming, including exclusive music video premieres, live music events and originally produced series.[19]

Current shows (2011)

  • Fuse Top 20 Countdown
  • No.1 Countdown
  • The Hip Hop Shop
  • On The Record
  • The Daily Noise
  • Hoppus on Music (Formerly: A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus)
  • Mad Genius
  • Cee Lo Green * Talking To Strangers (Formerly: Lay It Down with Cee Lo Green)
  • Pop Profiles
  • Video on Trial

Current hosts

See also


  1. ^ "Fuse.tv - Music Videos and News, Free Downloads and Concerts". Fusemusic.com. http://www.fusemusic.com/. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  2. ^ "Fuse on Demand". fuse.tv. http://www.fuse.tv/ontv/fuse-on-demand/. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  3. ^ "Mobile Video and Text Alerts". Fuse.tv. http://fuse.tv/mobile/. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  4. ^ " ". investor.MSG.com. 2010-01-12. http://investor.msg.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=437739. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  5. ^ Article: muchmusic usa Becomes Fuse; Total Convergence Music Programming `Fuses' Online, TV & Interactive Game Play. HighBeam Research
  6. ^ Mucha, Thomas (2005-03-01). "They Want Their Fuse TV - March 1, 2005". Money.cnn.com. http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2005/03/01/8253115/index.htm. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  7. ^ by dabitch (2003-05-15). "Fuse is fuel for fury. MTV doesn't like their tone.". Adland.tv. http://adland.tv/content/fuse-fuel-fury-mtv-doesnt-their-tone. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  8. ^ Tim Arango (2004-07-23). "Apple Blows Fuse Over Ads". NYPOST.com. http://www.nypost.com/p/apple_blows_fuse_over_ads_k8ISBQSpecoLAeMcsZFiXP. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  9. ^ by dabitch (2004-07-24). "Fuse parodies two campaigns in one - gets Apple on the phone". Adland.tv. http://adland.tv/content/fuse-parodies-two-campaigns-one-gets-apple-phone. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  10. ^ "Fuse Gets Rock Hall of Fame Telecasts In Three-Year Deal - 2008-11-03 06:00:00 | Multichannel News". Multichannel.com. http://www.multichannel.com/article/135315-Fuse_Gets_Rock_Hall_of_Fame_Telecasts_In_Three_Year_Deal.php. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  11. ^ "CTV Media Site - MuchMusic". Ctvmedia.ca. 2009-09-08. http://www.ctvmedia.ca/muchmusic/releases/release.asp?id=11618. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  12. ^ "Fuse presents “Drake: Live From Radio City Music Hall” Nov. 24 Media Site = Channel Guide Magazine". channelguidemagblog.com. 2010-11-19. http://www.channelguidemagblog.com/index.php/2010/11/19/fuse-presents-drake-live-from-radio-city-music-hall-nov-24/. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  13. ^ "Fuse presents “Elton John and Leon Russell Live From the Beacon Theatre” Oct. 19 Media Site = Channel Guide Magazine". channelguidemagblog.com. 2010-10-15. http://www.channelguidemagblog.com/index.php/2010/10/15/fuse-presents-elton-john-and-leon-russell-live-from-the-beacon-theatre-oct-19/. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  14. ^ "Linkin Park Live MSG Concert on Fuse Presents, Friday February 18". http://www.zimbio.com. http://www.zimbio.com/Linkin+Park/articles/dyj2UTKplNj/Linkin+Park+Live+MSG+Concert+Fuse+Presents. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  15. ^ "Fuse Presents Red Hot Chili Peppers Live from The Roxy". http://www.theaudioperv.com. http://theaudioperv.com/2011/08/30/fuse-presents-red-hot-chili-peppers-live-from-the-roxy-airs-tonight-at-9pm-e/. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  16. ^ "CTV Media Site - MuchMusic". Ctvmedia.ca. 2010-06-08. http://www.ctvmedia.ca/muchmusic/releases/release.asp?id=12635. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  17. ^ "Coming to Fuse This Fall: A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus". Fuse.tv. 2010-06-22. http://fuse.tv/ontv/shows/a-different-spin/. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  18. ^ "Fuse Announces New Weekly Show 'Hoppus on Music'". PR Newswire. 2010-06-22. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fuse-announces-new-weekly-show-a-different-spin-with-mark-hoppus-96907219.html. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  19. ^ "VEVO Press Release Media Site - Fuse". Fuse.tv. 2011-06-28. http://fuse.tv/global/vevo-press-release.html. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 

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