Jonas Åkerlund

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Jonas Åkerlund
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Born Hans Uno Jonas Åkerlund
(1965-11-10) 10 November 1965 (age 50)
Bromma, Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation Film director, music video director, drummer
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Bea Åkerlund

Hans Uno Jonas Åkerlund (Swedish pronunciation: [hɑːns ʉ̟ːnʊ juːnas oːkɛɭɵnd], 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.[citation needed]


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.[3]






  1. ^ Wigler, Josh. "The Man Behind Lady Gaga's 'Telephone' Video: Jonas Akerlund". MTV. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Åkerlund, Jonas (2013-03-01), Small Apartments, retrieved 2016-07-27 
  3. ^ Åkerlund, Jonas (2013-03-01), Small Apartments, retrieved 2016-07-27 
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