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This page lists the most expensive music videos ever made, with costs of $500,000 or more. Michael Jackson has five videos on this list, including the most expensive video ever made: "Scream", a duet with sister Janet Jackson. Ayumi Hamasaki makes four appearances on the list and Madonna and Janet Jackson make three appearances. Britney Spears, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Mylene Farmer, Guns N' Roses, and MC Hammer appear on the list twice. Joseph Kahn directed four videos on this list, while both Wataru Takeishi and Hype Williams directed three videos on the list.

A recent misconception that has grown popular on various websites (and subsequently, has leaked into a few reputable media outlets), is that the video "From Yesterday" by rock band 30 Seconds to Mars, currently holds the record for "most expensive video ever made." The estimated cost has been reported around $13 million USD, however, there are no mainstream media reports that can corroborate this number.[1][2][3][4] The rumor was dispelled by MTV News in February 2010. [5]

Artist(s) Song title Director Original air date Production Costs (PC) PC in GDP deflated 2008 USD[6]
Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson "Scream" Mark Romanek June 13, 1995 $7,000,000 [7] $9,303,080.93
Madonna "Die Another Day" Traktor October 22, 2002 $6,100,000+[8] $7,049,719.30
Madonna "Express Yourself" David Fincher May 17, 1989 $5,000,000+[9][10] $7,790,725.40
Madonna "Bedtime Story" Mark Romanek 1995 $5,000,000+[11] $6,645,058.00
Guns N' Roses "Estranged" Andy Morahan December 1993 $4,000,000 $6,000,000
Puff Daddy
(featuring Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes)
"Victory" Marcus Nispel March 31, 1998 $2,700,000+[7] $3,426,163.57
MC Hammer "Too Legit to Quit" Rupert Wainwright[12] November, 1991 $2,500,000+[13] $3,623,793.76
Mariah Carey
(featuring Jay-Z)
"Heartbreaker" Brett Ratner August 16, 1999 $2,500,000 [7] $3,127,219.83
Busta Rhymes
(featuring Janet Jackson)
"What's It Gonna Be?!" Hype Williams & Busta Rhymes March 12, 1999 $2,400,000+[7] $3,002,131.03
Celine Dion "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" Nigel Dick July 29, 1996 $2,300,000+[8] $2,999,929.36
Michael Jackson "Bad" Martin Scorsese June 1987 $2,200,000+[7] $3,679,145.68
Backstreet Boys "Larger Than Life" Joseph Kahn September 14, 1999 $2,100,000+[7] $2,626,864.65
Will Smith "Miami" Wayne Isham December 1998 $2,000,000+[7] $2,537,898.94
Missy Elliott "She's a Bitch" Hype Williams May 1, 1999 $2,000,000+[7] $2,501,775.86
George Michael "Freeek!" Joseph Kahn[14] 2004 $2,000,000 [7] $2,349,906.42
Ayumi Hamasaki "My Name's Women" Wataru Takeishi April 2005 $2,000,000+[7] $2,166,102.00
Ayumi Hamasaki "Fairyland" Wataru Takeishi August 2005 $2,000,000+[7] $2,166,102.00
Ayumi Hamasaki "GREEN" Wataru Takeishi December 2008 $1,600,000+[7] $2,001,420.69
TLC "Unpretty" Paul Hunter August 29, 1999 $1,600,000+[7] $2,001,420.69
Michael Jackson "Black or White" John Landis November 1991 $1,500,000 [7] $2,174,276.26
Guns N' Roses "November Rain" Andy Morahan June 2, 1992 $1,500,000+[7] $2,125,331.01
BLACKstreet & Janet Jackson
(featuring Eve & Ja Rule)
"Girlfriend/Boyfriend" Joseph Kahn March 23, 1999 $1,500,000+[7] $1,876,331.90
MC Hammer "Here Comes The Hammer" MC Hammer (producer) January 1, 1991 $1,300,000+[15] $1,884,372.76
Duran Duran "Wild Boys" Russell Mulcahy 1986 $1,200,000 [7] $2,061,292.85
Michael Jackson "Remember the Time" John Singleton February 3, 1992 $1,200,000+[7] $1,700,264.81
Kanye West "Stronger" Hype Williams July 2007 $1,200,000 [7] $1,226,076.51
Michael Jackson "Thriller" John Landis December 2, 1983 $1,000,000 [16] $1,877,233.42
Avril Lavigne "Complicated" The Malloys May 14, 2002 $1,000,000 $1,196,792.66
Britney Spears "Toxic" Joseph Kahn January 2004 $1,000,000 [17] $1,118,396.34
Ayumi Hamasaki "Jewel" Wataru Takeishi November 2006 $1,100,000+[8] $1,049,240.40
Kanye West feat. Lupe Fiasco "Touch The Sky" Chris Milk April 2006 $1,000,000 [18] $1,049,240.34
Britney Spears "Oops!...I Did It Again" Nigel Dick April 10, 2000 $750, 000 [19] $947,700
Mylène Farmer "California" Abel Ferrara March 20, 1996 $700,000 [20] $913,021.98
Mylène Farmer "Pourvu qu'elles soient douces" Laurent Boutonnat September 12, 1988 €500,000 [21]
Creed "My Sacrifice" Scott Stapp March 27, 2000 $300,000-$500,000[22] $335,518.90-$559,198.17

References

  1. ^ MostExpensive.net - Most Expensive Music Video Ever[1]
  2. ^ MusicLoversGroup.com - From Yesterday by 30 Seconds To Mars, Music Video and Lyrics[2]
  3. ^ AutoDynamix - The most expensive music video[3]
  4. ^ Sterogum.com - NEW 30 SECONDS TO MARS VIDEO - "FROM YESTERDAY" [4]
  5. ^ 30 Seconds To Mars Debunk The Price Tag Of Their 'From Yesterday' Video
  6. ^ Measuring Worth - Relative Value of US Dollars
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s The Most Expensive Music Video Ever «
  8. ^ a b c Rangliste: Die teuersten Musikvideos aller Zeiten - NachrichtenVermischtes - WELT ONLINE
  9. ^ top40.about.com Madonna's 37 Top 10 Pop Songs.
  10. ^ "Madonna Diary 1988-1989"
  11. ^ "Comparing Tarsem’s ‘Fall’ and ‘Cell’ to Romanek’s ‘Bedtime Story’"
  12. ^ http://www.mvdbase.com/video.php?id=18078
  13. ^ [5]
  14. ^ George Michael - Freeek! - Music Video Database - The Base Of Music Videos
  15. ^ [6]
  16. ^ http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/exclusive-how-michael-jackson-s-thriller-1003990525.story?pn=6 Thriller
  17. ^ Kaufman, Gill (August 25, 2004). "Yes, Britney Really Is Naked In The 'Toxic' Video: VMA Lens Recap". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1490554/20040825/spears_britney.jhtml?headlines=true. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  18. ^ http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15536834/ MSNBC
  19. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1626401/20091116/spears_britney.jhtml
  20. ^ Mylène Farmer, le culte - L'envers du décor, Sophie Khairallah, 2007, Why Not Ed., p. 44
  21. ^ L'Intégrale Mylene Farmer, Erwan Chuberre, 2007, City Ed., p. 40 (ISBN 978-2-35288-108-7)
  22. ^ http://www.creed.com

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