Chris Applebaum

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Chris Applebaum is an American music video director, who has worked with a diverse range of artists, among them Dishwalla, American Hi-Fi, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Paige, Hilary Duff, Aly & AJ, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Mandy Moore, Natasha Bedingfield, Fountains of Wayne, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez and Britney Spears. He has also directed commercials, most notably the notorious Carl's Jr commercial featuring Paris Hilton. Thirty of his music videos have become #1 on MTV. He won MTV's Music Video of the Year in 2007.

Chris Applebaum was born in Los Angeles and studied film at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts where he started directing music videos for bands in the burgeoning independent alternative rock scene in the 90's. After seeing one of Applebaum's early videos, MTV offered the 19-year-old college student the opportunity to join their On-Air Promos department in New York City.

At 21, Applebaum became the youngest director to sign with Satellite Films, a division of the legendary Propaganda, where he directed over 250 videos and garnered multiple MTV Music Video awards and nominations. In 1998 Applebaum directed Semisonic’s video for “Closing Time,” which was the first video to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland and was heralded by MTV as a “Breakthrough” video. His video for Fountains of Wayne’s “Stacy’s Mom” was his second video to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and was also nominated for MTV’s coveted Viewer’s Choice Award in 2003.

In the commercial world, Applebaum has been just as prolific, directing spots for Carl’s Jr., John Frieda, Hugo Boss, Smirnoff, Bud Light, and CoverGirl, cementing his reputation as a director who captures and creates iconic imagery that becomes a part of popular culture. Applebaum’s commercial for Carl’s Jr, starring Paris Hilton, was rated by BDS Neilsen as the #1 most aired commercial in television history. His 2013 spot, starring model Nina Agdal, garnered over 1 Billion media impressions within 3 weeks of its first airing, as did his spot with Kate Upton.

Credited with creating the Carl's Jr Paris Hilton spot, Applebaum's influence on popular culture is also reflected in the ABC logo, inspired by his Rihanna "Umbrella" music video. Apple's iconic iPod campaign was inspired by his "Stacy's Mom" video for Fountains of Wayne, and the video for Semisonic's "Closing Time" is explicitly credited by Chris Carter as an inspiration for the Season 6 of the X-FILES.

A selection of other achievements include:

2013 MUCH Music Award Best International Video - Demi Lovato "Heart Attack" 2010 MUCH Music Award Best International Video - Miley Cyrus "Party in the U.S.A." 2007 MTV VMA Video of the Year Winner - Rihanna "Umbrella" 2007 MTV VMA Monster Single of the Year Winner - Rihanna "Umbrella" 2007 MTV Europe Awards Best Video For A Female Artist Winner - Rihanna "S.O.S." 2006 MUCH Music Award Best Video For A Female Artist Winner - Rihanna "S.O.S."

Music videography[edit]


  1. Material Issue - "Everything"
  2. The Greenberry Woods - "Trampoline"


  1. Gumbo - "Basement Music"
  2. Monsterland - "Insulation"
  3. New Radiant Storm King - "Surf King"
  4. Yaggfu Front - "Lookin' for a Contract"
  5. Y'all So Stupid - "Van Full of Pakistans"
  6. Yaggfu Front - "Busted Loop"


  1. Belly - "Feed the Tree"
  2. Catherine - "Songs About Girls"
  3. Jamal-Ski - "African Border"
  4. Sounds of Blackness- "I Believe"
  5. Sounds of Blackness - "Everything's Gonna Be Alright"
  6. Ween - "I Can't Put My Finger on It"
  7. Zeke Fiddler - "Grounded"


  1. Belly - "Now They'll Sleep"
  2. Better Than Ezra - "Good"
  3. Collective Soul - "Smashing Young Man" (Version #1)
  4. Dragmules - "Send Away"
  5. Eve's Plum - "Jesus Loves You (Not as Much as I Do)"
  6. Green Apple Quick Step - "Los Vargos"
  7. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - "Hell of a Hat"
  8. Possum Dixon - "Emergency's About to End"


  1. Cowboy Junkies - "A Common Disaster"
  2. Dishwalla - "Counting Blue Cars"
  3. Letters to Cleo - "Dangerous Type"
  4. Metal Molly - "Orange"
  5. Pluto - "When She Was Happy"
  6. Superdrag - "Sucked Out"
  7. Superdrag - "Destination Ursa Major"


  1. Buck-O-Nine - "My Town"
  2. Fountains of Wayne - "Sink to the Bottom"
  3. Freedy Johnston - "On the Way Out"
  4. Luscious Jackson - "Under Your Skin"
  5. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - "Royal Oil"
  6. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - "The Impression That I Get"
  7. Size 14 - "Claire Danes Poster"
  8. Jamie Walters - "I'd Do Anything for You"


  1. Everything - "Hooch" (Version #2)
  2. Lisa Loeb - "Let's Forget About It"
  3. Semisonic - "Closing Time"
  4. Semisonic - "Singing in My Sleep"


  1. Lit - "Zip-Lock"
  2. Jennifer Paige - "Sober"
  3. Soul Coughing - "Circles"


  1. Tara MacLean - "If I Fall"
  2. Splender - "I Think God Can Explain"
  3. Third Eye Blind - "Deep Inside of You"


  1. American Hi-Fi - "Flavor of the Weak"
  2. Willa Ford featuring Royce da 5'9" - "I Wanna Be Bad"
  3. Willa Ford - "Did Ya' Understand That"
  4. Mandy Moore - "Crush"
  5. Powderfinger - "My Happiness"
  6. Semisonic - "Over My Head"


  1. Nick Carter - "Help Me"
  2. Celine Dion - "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)"
  3. LovHer - "Girlfriend"
  4. Mandy Moore - "Cry"
  5. M2M - "Everything"
  6. Britney Spears - "I Love Rock 'n' Roll"
  7. Britney Spears - "Overprotected"
  8. 3LW - "I Do (Wanna Get Close to You)"


  1. American Hi-Fi - "The Art of Losing"
  2. Hilary Duff - "So Yesterday"
  3. Fountains of Wayne - "Stacy's Mom"
  4. Jewel - "Stand"
  5. Kid Rock - "Feel Like Makin' Love"


  1. Hilary Duff and Haylie Duff - "Our Lips Are Sealed"
  2. Hilary Duff - "Fly"
  3. Fountains of Wayne - "Mexican Wine"
  4. Hanson - "Penny & Me"
  5. Jessica Simpson - "Take My Breath Away"


  1. American Hi-Fi - "The Geeks Get the Girls"
  2. Natasha Bedingfield - "Unwritten"
  3. Frankie J - "More Than Words"
  4. Brie Larson - "She Said"
  5. Kelly Osbourne - "One Word"


  1. Aly & AJ - "Chemicals React"
  2. Paris Hilton - "Stars Are Blind"
  3. Vanessa Hudgens - "Come Back to Me"
  4. The Pussycat Dolls - "I Don't Need a Man"
  5. Rihanna - "SOS" (Version 2)
  6. 3LW featuring Jermaine Dupri - "Feelin' You"
  7. Nikki Flores - "Strike"


  1. Vanessa Hudgens - "Say OK" (First version)
  2. Aly & AJ - "Potential Breakup Song"
  3. Mary J. Blige - "Just Fine"
  4. Rihanna featuring Jay-Z - "Umbrella"
  5. Ashley Tisdale - "He Said She Said" (Unreleased first version)
  6. Jonas Brothers - "S.O.S"


  1. Anastacia - "I Can Feel You"
  2. Brit & Alex - "Let It Go"
  3. Mariah Carey - "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time"
  4. Hayden Panettiere - "Wake Up Call"
  5. Paris Hilton - "Paris for President"


  1. Miley Cyrus - "Party in the U.S.A."


  1. American Hi-Fi - "Lost"


  1. Selena Gomez & the Scene - "Who Says"


  1. Neon Hitch - "Fuck U Betta"
  2. Usher - "Dive"
  3. Usher - "Numb"


  1. Demi Lovato - "Heart Attack"

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