Jonas Åkerlund

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Jonas Åkerlund
Jonas Akerlund.jpg
Åkerlund in 2012
Born Hans Uno Jonas Åkerlund
(1965-11-10) 10 November 1965 (age 52)
Bromma, Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation Film director, music video director, drummer
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Bea Åkerlund

Hans Uno Jonas Åkerlund (Swedish: [ˈhɑːns ˈʉːnʊ ²juːnas ²oːkɛˌɭɵnd]; born 10 November 1965) is a Swedish director and drummer. He is best known for directing music videos, which are often mock forms of movie trailers and short films. His video for Madonna's song "Ray of Light" won a Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Short Form, and a record seven awards at 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, including the Video of the Year (check here all winners and nominees of 1998 MTV Video Music Awards).

In 2008 he won another Grammy Award, this time around for "Best Long Form Music Video" for another work with Madonna - directing "The Confessions Tour" DVD. In 2014 he won this Grammy Award again (that meanwhile changed the name to "Best Music Film"), this time for "Live Kisses" Paul McCartney concert film. Jonas Åkerlund, David Mallet and Bob Smeaton are the only directors to have won this award twice sharing the record for most wins in this category (check here all winners and nominees of Grammy Award for Best Music Film).


Åkerlund was a member of the Swedish black metal band Bathory from 1983 to 1984. He also directed Candlemass' first video "Bewitched". He first found fame as the main video director for Roxette. In 1997, he directed the acclaimed video for The Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up", which sparked controversy due to its depiction of drug use, violence, and nudity. In 1998, he worked with Madonna for the song "Ray of Light", and has since worked with acts such as Metallica, Christina Aguilera, U2, Blink-182, P!nk, Rammstein, Britney Spears, and Lady Gaga. He directed the music video for the Smashing Pumpkins' "Try, Try, Try", from which a short film entitled Try was spawned. He was also the designer and photographer for the Roxette album Room Service in 2001. In 2002, his first full-length film, Spun, debuted.

Åkerlund directed commercials for Swedish clothing retailer MQ and the re-imagining of the Devo song "Watch Us Work It" used in Dell Computers commercials. He is a long-time collaborator of Madonna, having worked on such music videos as "Music", "American Life" (which was pulled due to its graphic content and the Iraq War), and "Jump". He also directed her documentary film I'm Going to Tell You a Secret and her concert special The Confessions Tour: Live from London. Among his more recent works were the controversial pornographic music video for Rammstein's "Pussy", the video for the song "Telephone" by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, "Moves like Jagger" by Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera, and Duran Duran's single "Girl Panic!".[1]

Åkerlund's second movie, Small Apartments, went direct to DVD.[2] Per Gessle, of Roxette, was credited for the music and soundtrack.[2]






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  6. ^ "SATYRICON Video Posted Online". 29 October 2002.
  7. ^ "blink-182 – I Miss You – Music Video – MTV".
  8. ^ "Madonna – Jump – Music Video – MTV".
  9. ^ "RAMMSTEIN: 'Mann Gegen Mann' Video Posted Online". 10 February 2006.
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  11. ^ "Maroon 5 – Wake Up Call – Music Video – MTV".
  12. ^ "James Blunt – Same Mistake – Music Video – MTV".
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  14. ^ "Lady Gaga – Paparazzi – Music Video – MTV".
  15. ^ "Mika – We Are Golden – Music Video – MTV".
  16. ^ "Madonna – Celebration – Music Video – MTV".
  17. ^ "RAMMSTEIN Guitarist Discusses 'Pussy' Video". 25 September 2009.
  18. ^ "RAMMSTEIN: 'Ich Tu Dir Weh' Video To Debut On Monday". 19 December 2009.
  19. ^ "Lady Gaga – Telephone feat. Beyoncé – Music Video – MTV".
  20. ^ "N.E.R.D. – Hot-N-Fun – Music Video – MTV".
  21. ^ "OZZY OSBOURNE: 'Let Me Hear You Scream' Video Released". 22 June 2010.
  22. ^ "David Guetta – Who's That Chick? (Ft. Rihanna) – Music Video – MTV".
  23. ^ "Music – Music News, New Songs, Videos, Music Shows and Playlists from MTV". Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  24. ^ "Hollywood Undead – Hear Me Now – Music Video – MTV".
  25. ^ "Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger – Music Video – MTV".
  26. ^ "Duran Duran – Girl Panic! – Music Video – MTV".
  27. ^ "RAMMSTEIN: 'Mein Land' Video Released". 11 November 2011.
  28. ^ "Maroon 5 – Daylight – Music Video – MTV".
  29. ^ "The Rolling Stones – Doom And Gloom – Music Video – MTV".
  30. ^ a b "Director Jonas Åkerlund on 'Haunted,' 'Superpower,' and Beyoncé's Many Virtues". 16 December 2013.
  31. ^ "Coldplay – Magic – Music Video – MTV".
  32. ^ "Robin Thicke's new video: Plea to Paula Patton?".
  33. ^ "Chris Martin Wears Inflatable Body Suit in Coldplay's "True Love" Video". Pitchfork.
  34. ^ "Beyoncé and Jay Z tour for TV special". Digital Spy. 8 September 2014.
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  36. ^ "Awards Watch: Paul McCartney Takes Music Film Grammy, Nick Cave Doc a Double Winner at Sundance – MusicFilmWeb".

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