17 Facts About MTV

1. From 2006 to 2007, MTV operated an online channel, MTV International, targeted to the broad international market.

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2. In 2005 and 2006, MTV launched a series of channels for Asian Americans.

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3. In 2016, MTV continued its pro-democracy campaign with Elect This, an issue-oriented look at the 2016 election targeting Millennials.

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4. In 1992, MTV started a pro-democracy campaign called Choose or Lose, to encourage over 20 million people to register to vote, and the channel hosted a town hall forum for then-candidate Bill Clinton.

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5. The new logo was first used on MTV Films logo with the 2010 film Jackass 3D.

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6. Around this time, MTV introduced a static and single color digital on-screen graphic to be shown during all of its programming.

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7. In 2011, MTV premiered an amateur video clip show Ridiculousness, in the vein of Tosh.

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8. In late 2009, MTV shifted its focus back to Real World-style reality programming with the premiere of Jersey Shore, a program that brought high ratings to the channel and caused controversy due to some of its content.

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9. In 2007, MTV aired the reality show A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, chronicling MySpace sensation Tila Tequila's journey to find a companion.

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10. In 2003, MTV added Punk'd, a project by Ashton Kutcher to play pranks on various celebrities, and Pimp My Ride, a show about adding aesthetic and functional modifications to cars and other vehicles.

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11. Around this time, MTV introduced a fashion news show, House of Style; a dance show, Club MTV; and a game show, Remote Control.

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12. On June 12, 2011, MTV aired a traditional television premiere of a new installment of MTV Unplugged instead of a web debut.

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13. From this time until 2004, MTV made some periodic efforts to reintroduce pop rock music videos to the channel.

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14. That year, MTV attempted to introduce neo-swing bands, but they did not meet with much success.

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15. For most of July 13, 1985, MTV showed the Live Aid concerts, held in London and Philadelphia and organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia.

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16. The very first people of color to perform on MTV was the British band The Specials, which featured an integrated line-up of white and black musicians and vocalists.

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17. The first country-music video aired on MTV was "Angel of the Morning" by Juice Newton, which first aired on MTV's premiere date.

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