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4 Music logo.svg
Launched 15 August 2008
Owned by The Box Plus Network
(Bauer Media Group/Channel Four Television Corporation)
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Audience share 0.26% (April 2016 (2016-04), BARB)
Slogan Music and Then Some!
Country United Kingdom
Replaced The Hits
Sister channel(s) 4seven
Channel 4
Box Upfront
The Box
Box Hits
Website www.4music.com
Freeview Channel 18
Sky (UK only) Channel 362
Virgin Media Channel 330
Virgin Media Ireland Channel 716
Streaming media
4Music Watch live
TVPlayer Watch live (UK only)
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch live (UK only)

4Music is a music and entertainment channel in the United Kingdom and available on some digital television providers in the Republic of Ireland. The channel launched on 15 August 2008, replacing The Hits. It is the only Channel 4-branded channel within The Box Plus Network. It is available on Freeview, Virgin Media, Sky and Smallworld Cable. On 2 April 2013, all Box Television channels went free-to-air on satellite, apart from 4Music which went free-to-view.[1] As a result, the channels were removed from the Sky EPG in Ireland.

4Music logo from 2008 to 2012.

Original Entertainment Programming[edit]

  • Real Stories (2011-2014)
  • Nicki Minaj: Day in the Life (2012)
  • Bronx Tales: The Influence (part of Hip Hop Season) (2016-present) (also on Netflix UK)

Current Programming[edit]

Former Programming[edit]

Award Ceremonies[edit]

4Music Programming[edit]

Current Programming[edit]

  • The A-List Playlist - The biggest music videos right now.
  • Super Charged Chart Anthems - The biggest chart tracks of the moment.
  • What's Hot Right Now? Top 10 - The 10 best singles of the moment.
  • Hot 10 in 10 - The 10 biggest tracks edited into a 10-minute remix.
  • The Hotmix - The best tracks of the last few years. The songs are usually cut down and are edited to flow smoothly into the next track.
  • #Hangout's - Interviews with the biggest artists, while also playing their biggest releases and newest singles.
  • ... Hot New Vid! - The latest music videos from the biggest artists.
  • UK HOTLIST Top 20 - The 20 most streamed tracks on Spotify in the last week.
  • The UK Music Video Chart - With data supplied by YouTube, The UKMVC supplies you with the most watched music videos of the week.
  • This Week's Fresh Music Top 20 - A countdown of the 20 freshest music videos at the moment.
  • Upfront - With a new edition every month, Upfront showcases new talent as part of the Upfront Artist of the Month, interviews with the best artists around, playing the latest music videos and showing you how to get the look of your favourite celebrities.
  • The Official Box Upfront Chart - The 10 singles predicted to do the best in the coming weeks, with data supplied by Radio Monitor.
  • 4Play!... - 4 videos from a one artist or group
  • Trending Live - A interactive show on Mondays to Thursdays from 4pm until 6pm, presented live from Box HQ by two of the Box Plus presenting team and Venetia Falconer who operates a laptop on Twitter, viewers can send in tweets using #TrendingLive and they may be shown on-screen during music videos and/or be read out by the Venetia (or whoever is standing in for Venetia). The show contains segments like Beef Of The Week, Kardashian Watch, Instafam, Snapchat, News Stories We Don't Care About, Video Vote of the Day and Tweeter Of The Week, where one of the viewers who has been consistent in quality and quantity of tweets in the previous and current week(s) is chosen as Tweeter Of The Week by Venetia (or her substitute), the winner is sent a video message from the presenters from the 4Music Twitter Account and for the following week their Twitter profile picture (preferably their face) is placed within a special photo frame within the studio.
  • Vote4Music - An interactive show where a set of 30 songs can be chosen by tweeting the relevant hashtag, the hashtag with the most votes is then played next and this process is repeated. The song that is chosen when the final song of the show is being played is then played at the beginning of the next show instead.
  • Tweet To Beat - Currently shown during the 6-weeks break of Trending Live. Two artists songs are played alternately, viewers can use the hashtags on-screen to choose their winner (e.g. #4MusicCalvin vs. #4MusicTaylor), the percentages are shown on-screen throughout and when the vote closes the winner then gets the last song of the programme.

Former Programming[edit]

  • Today's 4Music Top 10 - A chart compiled by 4Music of the "biggest" and "best" videos right now. The first ever Today's 4Music Top 10 Chart was broadcast on 18 August 2008 at 12:00pm. Yeasayer were top with their single "Ambling Alp".
  • Fresh Music Top 20 - Formerly, the 4Music Top 20, this is a chart compiled by 4Music of the "biggest" and "best" videos from the current week. The first ever This Week's 4Music Top 20 Chart was broadcast on 19 March 2009 at 3:45pm.
  • Your Official Top 20 - A chart is compiled of songs from a particular artist that has released at least 20 singles such as Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera and The Black Eyed Peas. The public vote for their favourite song on the 4Music website and the results are shown on the results show.
  • The 4Music Buzz Chart - The first "4Music Buzz Chart" was broadcast on 18 August 2008 at 12:00am. It shows a selection of pre-released songs charted into a top 10, similar to sister channel The Box's "Box Breakers". The first number one in the chart was "Jump in the Pool" by Friendly Fires and Bombay Bicycle Club's "Always Like This". The programme is no longer shown.
  • 4Music Big Ones - A selection of pre-released and released singles. It plays all genres of music such as hip-hop, rock, pop, R&B, dance, folk, indie etc.
  • UKHot40 - UKHot40 is a music video chart based on UK sales only, and documents the top records of the week.
  • The UK Airplay Top 20 - The 20 most played songs on commercial radio this week. Now on Box Hits
  • The Month with Miquita - A review of the past month's stories in the world of music with T4 presenter, Miquita Oliver. This programme is no longer broadcast.
  • Orange unsignedActFirst aired last year as MobileAct Unsigned on T4, Orange UnsignedAct follows the search for Britain's next biggest unsigned band. No longer being made.
  • From the Beginning - All of the music videos from a certain artist are played, from their first right through to the present day. They have included Take That, P!nk, Mariah Carey, Westlife and Girls Aloud.
  • Six Steps - Linking a couple of artists, through six stages. Snoop Dogg to Girls Aloud, Dizzee Rascal to Westlife and Madonna to McFly are a few examples.
  • The Versus Chart - The programme is hosted by Matt Littler and Darren Jeffries. They both back an artist and show 10 mixed music videos of both artists with them to see which is "better". Eminem Vs. Kanye West, Britney Vs. Christina, Lady GaGa Vs. Katy Perry and Take That Vs. Robbie Williams are a few examples.
  • 4Music Doubles - Two music videos by artists or bands. The first video, being their newest song, the second video, being their most successful song. "Imma Be" and "Where Is the Love?" is an example by The Black Eyed Peas
  • The Crush - A monthly show called The Crush (sponsored by KFC Krushems milkshakes) was hosted by Rick Edwards and later T4 host Will Best and contains interviews with artists that are releasing new albums and single in that month.

Former Channel 4 shows[edit]

The channel is also well known for repeating some of Channel 4's best loved shows between 2008-2013, here's a list of comedies of dramas and comedies shown on from the channel.

Launch night[edit]

4Music launched on 15 August 2008. The channel launched with an on-screen countdown counting down from ten minutes down to zero. During the countdown, clips from popular music videos were faded through the screen including clips from promotions for the channel. The channel then launched at 7pm with a promotional advert for the channel then fading into "Davina (McCall) and Steve (Jones)'s 20 Big Ones"; the first song at number 20 being "The Pretender" by The Foo Fighters and Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" at number 1.

Kylie Minogue's KYLIEX2008 tour was broadcast. Completing the launch night line up was Big Brother Live, where Rachel Rice was given a 'favourite things party' as she had survived that night's eviction. She and her chosen favourite housemate, Kathreya Kasisopa, were taken to a private room where Rachel's top 10 favourite songs were played. Live coverage of the 2008 V Festival was shown on 16 and 17 August and highlights were shown on subsequent days. These highlights sparked complaints however as to the overall quality of coverage - the main headliners did not get their full sets played out.

Despite the arguments between Davina and Steve as to whose face appeared first on the channel, actually the first face on 4Music was Kylie Minogue, introducing her live concert at 9pm on the launch night (as they later explained).

The launch also saw a new DOG appear on the screen and new idents with a woman swivelling on a chair with the new pink 4Music logo in the background similar to the previous idea "The Hits" had with a TV suddenly filling with colour throughout the room.

V Festival & T4 on the Beach[edit]

4Music has coverage at both festivals during the Summer, with highlights repeated frequently throughout the Summer. The channel also has stages at both events. At T4 on the Beach since 2007 (renamed the "T4 and 4Music Stage" in 2010) and at the V Festival since 2005 (then known as the "Channel 4 Stage", renamed to the "4Music Stage" in 2008).

T4 on the Beach ended after T4 closed down on 30 December 2012


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