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), on-demand (Fuse On-Demand), in high-definition (Fuse HD) and via mobile (Fuse mobile).
As MuchMusic USA
The channel originally launched in 1994 as MuchMusic USA. The channel was originally a joint venture between Cablevision and CHUM Limited (CHUM would later sell its half of the network back to Cablevision, but still allow it to continue using the name under a license), and was initially simulcast the Canadian music channel MuchMusic, with the only differences being in commercials, and certain programming (such as its French music video block French Kiss, and programming imported from MTV and VH1) replaced with either infomercials or reruns of other programming.
By 2001, MuchMusic USA began to diverge from its Canadian parent; it introduced a new logo identifying itself as MMUSA, and began to air its own original programming and music video blocks, often featuring user-submitted videos. By December 2002, MMUSA had almost replaced the entirety of its schedule with domestically produced programming, with the only MuchMusic program remaining being RapCity.
After CHUM revoked its license to the MuchMusic brand, Cablevision announced that it would re-launch the channel as Fuse.
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MMUSA officially re-launched as Fuse on May 19, 2003. 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. Among its la
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.
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. 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. Additionally in 2008, ownership of Fuse was transferred from Rainbow Media to MSG Media, a fellow Cablevision subsidiary that owns and operates several music venues around New York, along with its namesake arena.
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:
- July 25, 2008 - Fall Out Boy live from the Chicago Theatre
- June 1, 2009 - Dave Matthews Band live from the Beacon Theatre
- September 11, 2009 - Jay-Z concert live from Madison Square Garden. The concert was simulcasted by MuchMusic in Canada.
- November 17, 2009 - John Mayer live from the Beacon Theatre
- November 24, 2010 - Drake live from Radio City Music Hall 
- October 19, 2010 - Elton John and Leon Russell live from the Beacon Theatre
- February 18, 2011 - Linkin Park live from Madison Square Garden.
- August 30, 2011 - Red Hot Chili Peppers from The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood.
- December 16, 2011 - Swedish House Mafia live from Madison Square Garden.
- December 17, 2011 - The National live from The Beacon Theatre.
- December 18, 2011 - Z100's Jingle Ball 2011 live from Madison Square Garden.
In April 2010, Cablevision's Madison Square Garden unit, including Fuse, was spun off as a publicly traded company, Madison Square Garden, Inc.
On June 20, 2010, Fuse simulcasted the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards, marking its first broadcast of MuchMusic programming since its re-launch as Fuse. Other MuchMusic programming would return in 2011, including The Wedge and Video on Trial (which would also gain an American version).
Blink-182 and former +44 singer/bassist Mark Hoppus hosts his own weekly television series on Fuse, titled Hoppus on Music. 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, Angels and Airwaves, Simple Plan, and Ozzy Osbourne.
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.
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
- Billy On the Street
Tour hosts Hip Hop Shop and On The Record
Juliya Chernetsky hosts Fuse Top 20 Countdown.
Allison Hagendorf hosts Fuse Top 20 Countdown.
Mark Hoppus hosts Hoppus on Music.
Cee Lo Green hosts Cee Lo Green * Talking To Strangers
- List of programs broadcast by Fuse
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