Top 10 Most Expensive Music Videos Ever Made
These is the top 10 most expensive music video ever made. Michael Jackson and Madonna both have five videos each on this list. A music video or song video is a short film integrating a song and imagery, produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings.
10. Busta Rhymes – What’s It Gonna Be?! ($2,400,000)
It was one of the most expensive music video ever made, costing upwards of $2 million, and was big on special effects. The video begins with a glass filled with liquid moving toward the edge of its resting area. The glass falls then the liquid makes its way back up to its resting area, transforming into Busta Rhymes as a knight in shining armour, then begins performing.
9. Mariah Carey – Heartbreaker ($2,500,000)
Additionally, it became one of the most expensive music video, costing over $2.5 million. The video features Carey and her friends visiting a movie theater and catching her boyfriend (played by Jerry O’Connell) on a date with another woman. The video features Carey playing two characters, the brunette villainous named Bianca, and herself, during a physical altercation in between the two women in the bathroom.
8. MC Hammer – Too Legit to Quit ($2,500,000)
At the end of the “Too Legit to Quit” most expensive music video, after James Brown enlists Hammer to obtain the glove of Michael Jackson, a silver-white sequined glove is shown on the hand of a Jackson look-a-like doing the “2 Legit 2 Quit” hand gesture. MC Hammer appeared on The Wendy Williams Show (July 27th, 2009) and went on to tell a story about a phone call he received from Michael Jackson, regarding the portion of the “Too Legit to Quit” video that included a fake Jackson, giving his approval and inclusion of it.
7. Puff Daddy – Victory ($2,700,000)
The most expensive music video for the song was directed by Marcus Nispel (although he was supposed to remain anonymous at the time of premiere) and is an homage to The Running Man. The production costs ran upwards of $2,700,000. It is listed as one of the most expensive music videos ever made.
6. Aqua – Cartoon Heroes ($3,500,000)
Cartoon Heroes is a song by the Danish-Norwegian dance-pop group Aqua from their second studio album, Aquarius. The song was sent to radio stations worldwide on January 1, 2000.It was their first release anywhere for over 14 months, due to the time spent touring the world, resting and recording the second album. In Denmark, the song debuted at number one and went on to became the best-selling single of 2000, with sales of 32,765 copies.
5. Guns N’ Roses – Estranged ($4,000,000)
Released in December 1993, the most expensive music video is the third and final part of an unofficial Del James trilogy of videos (preceded by “Don’t Cry” and “November Rain”) from the Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II albums. The estimated budget was US$4 million for this most expensive music video.
4. Madonna – Express Yourself ($5,000,000)
Express Yourself had a total budget of $5 million, which made it the most expensive music video in history. The video portrayed a city full of tall skyscrapers and railway lines. Madonna played the part of a glamorous lady and chained masochist, with muscular men acting as her workers.
3. Madonna – Bedtime Story ($5,000,000)
The music video for “Bedtime Story” was directed by Mark Romanek in Universal Studios, and features surrealistic and new age imagery, with influences from artists such as Remedios Varo, Frida Kahlo and Leonora Carrington. At a cost of $5 million, it is also one of the most expensive music videos of all time. In the video, Madonna is seen as being the subject of a scientific test, in which she falls asleep and travels into a dream world.
2. Madonna – Die Another Day ($6,100,000)
The music video was directed by Traktor, a Swedish directing team, and filmed from August 22–27, 2002 at Hollywood Center Studios in Hollywood, California. The total production costs for the video were over $6,000,000, making it the second most expensive music video ever made, after “Scream” by Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.
1. Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson – Scream ($7,000,000)
Generally well received amongst critics, it has been compared favorably to other accomplished pieces by Jackson. It went on to be nominated for a Grammy Award and an American Music Award. At a cost of $ 7 million, it was listed in the Guinness World Records as the most expensive music video ever made.