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13 Of The Most Expensive Music Videos Ever Made

When it comes to music videos, some are simply bigger, better and pricier than others – here are some of the most expensive music videos ever made.

Backstreet Boys – Larger Then Life

Apparently, the song wasn’t the only thing larger than life when it came to the boyband’s out of this world, futuristic 1999 video. The track was lifted from their ‘Millennium’ album, which earned them an impressive five Grammy nominations.

Reported Cost: $2.1 million

Michael Jackson – Bad

The King of Pop was no stranger to ground-breaking music videos. ‘Bad’ was shot in Brooklyn, New York in 1986 and released alongside an 18 minute short film, both directed by Martin Scorsese. Shamone!

Reported Cost: $2.2 million.

Celine Dion – It’s All Coming Back To Me

Set in a dramatic gothic mansion, the video for the powerful ballad is filled with all the drama and belting one would expect from writer and producer Jim Steinman, who is a long-time songwriter for Meatloaf.

Reported Cost: $2.3 million

Mariah Carey – Heartbreaker

Mimi’s ‘Heartbreaker’ featuring Jay-Z went to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The video sees the hitmaker track down her cheating boyfriend at the cinema before pulling some serious martial arts moves in a bid to take on the girl he’s on a date with, who also happens to be played by Mariah.

Reported Cost: $2.5 million

MC Hammer – Too Legit to Quit

Following on from their hugely successful single ‘U Can’t Touch This’, MC Hammer were dominating the rap music scene back in the early 90s. Video highlights include various cameo appearances from the likes of James Brown, John Belushi and the Wahlberg’s.

Reported Cost: $2.5 million

Puff Daddy – Victory

Featuring Puff Daddy (as he was known back then), Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes, the eight-minute long also includes appearances by Dennis Hopper and Danny DeVito, topped off with plenty of stunts and explosions.

Reported Cost: $2.7 million

Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You

Gwen made music history when she filmed her live performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards to create the music video for her single ‘Make Me Like You’. Queue multiple sets, costume changes and back-up dancers!

Reported Cost: $4 million

Guns N’ Roses – Estranged

‘Estranged’ is one of the Californian rockers longest running songs, with the video following on from ‘Don’t Cry’ and ‘November Rain’ to become the final part of the unofficial trilogy.

Reported Cost: $4 million

Michael Jackson: Black or White

The ground-breaking music video starred MJ starred Macaulay Culkin, Tess Harper, and George Wendt. It made its big premier simultaneously in 27 different countries, with an estimated audience of 500 million people.

Reported Cost: $4 million

Madonna – Express Yourself

The female empowering video was the material girl’s first collaboration with director David Fincher and was, at the time, the most expensive video ever made.

Reported Cost: $5 million

Madonna – Bedtime Story

The avant-garde video was directed by Mark Romanek and premiered at movie theatres in New York, Chicago and Santa Monica.

Reported Cost: $5 million

Madonna – Die Another Day

Madge’s James Bond theme was accompanied by the Grammy-nominated video and was one of the best-selling dance tracks of 2002 and 2003.

Reported Cost: $6 milion

Michael and Janet Jackson – Scream

The iconic black and white video for Scream was released in 1995 and sees the brother-sister duo sing and dance their way around different spaceship compartments as they escape earth.

Reported Cost: $7 million

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