We have selected for you the top most expensive clips in history. It is interesting that the most “new” of them was filmed as much as 18 years ago, in 2002, and the most expensive – in 1995. And none of the modern commercials could outrun what was created by such popular stars as Madonna and Michael Jackson when they were at the height of their careers. If you are interested in more extreme entertainment, then you can bet on the 22Bet website.
10. JANET JACKSON CLIP FOR “DOESN’T REALLY MATTER” SINGLE
The clip was released 20 years ago for the film “The Nutty Professor 2”. The video, directed by Joseph Kahn, started the fashion for Japanese-style music videos. Later, such stars as Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, and Mariah Carey took advantage of this idea.
In addition, the video uses advanced special effects by the standards of those times, for example, a sharp transformation of clothes. The very technical choreography also attracts attention, and the most interesting thing is that the participants in the video are dancing and not just on the floor or the ground but on a moving platform.
9 Mariah Carey And Jay-Z CLIP FOR THE SINGLE «HEARTBREAKER»
This clip was shot a year earlier, in 1999. Looking at this video now, it’s hard to imagine where such huge sums were spent. Really technical dancers and popcorn? But they say that the singer had to pay $140,000 just for renting the locations. Another $80,000 was spent on animation, which now seems to be able to make even a teenager. Interestingly, when filming the fight scene in the toilet, the director, according to him, was inspired by a war film called Enter the Dragon (1973).
By the way, it is especially noteworthy that Jay-Z was not filmed in the video, but appeared there only as a cartoon character. But there is also a second version of the clip, where Jay-Z is already in person in a jacuzzi with Mariah dancing in the background. By the way, the money was well spent: the song became the most popular of all the singles released by the singer.
8. MC HAMMER. CLIP FOR SINGLE «2 LEGIT 2 QUIT»
One of the most expensive and, it seems, the longest clips in the history of mankind. The video is almost 15 minutes long and costs $2.5 million. Despite the fact that the single “2 Legit 2 Quit” was at one time very popular, and even took fifth place in the “Billboard Hot 100”, and the most popular stars and professional athletes, clip viewers, and critics were invited to participate in the video recording considered a failure.
The video does not differ in special effects (although they are present there), so we can only assume that the lion’s share of the budget went to celebrities’ fees.
7. PUFF DADDY. CLIP FOR THE SINGLE «VICTORY»
The clip, created in 1997, is based on the fictitious events of 3002. The video is believed to be in support of the band and the director of The Running Man (1987). The police chase for the rapper, explosions, and shooting, as well as Danny DeVito, Dennis Hopper, and a stunt squad cost the creators $ 3 million.
It is believed that the main expense item was the creation and explosion of the aircraft ($55,000). It is not known whether this is actually the case, but we think that it will definitely not be cheaper to construct an air bird and then destroy it. By the way, the director of the video, Markus Nispel, did not want to advertise his involvement in the filming for reasons unknown to anyone.
6. GUNS N’ROSES. CLIP FOR SINGLE «ESTRANGED»
This is the third part of a kind of clip trilogy, based on the works of Del James (this music journalist is called the inspirer of Guns N`Roses).
The trilogy consists of the clips “Don’t cry”, “November rain” and, in fact, “Estranged”. When “Don’t cry” came out, a real series was going on in the group: guitarist Izzy Stradlin was having an affair with a girl who was head over heels in love with Axl. Izzy, by the way, left the group before filming the video. Music lovers all over the world watch the clip “November Rain” as a highly artistic movie. Axel Rose and supermodel Stephanie Seymour, who starred in the video, had a torrid romance. And they conveyed all their emotions very beautifully on the screen.
The video for the single “Estranged” was released two years after the song’s release. But in the clip, there are various references to those times and other clips of the “trilogy”. They say that it became so expensive because the lion’s share of the budget was spent on the construction and rental of aircraft and ships, as well as fees for divers and dolphins.
5. MICHAEL JACKSON WITH LTB. CLIP FOR “BLACK OR WHITE” SINGLE
The clip, originally nearly 11 minutes long, was shortened by many TV channels to 6 minutes due to dubious scenes where Michael Jackson touches his crotch, and also breaks windows and cars. According to him, director John Landisom wanted to convey the behavior of the black panther in this way. Despite all the controversy surrounding this video, it was it that dramatically increased the ratings of such TV channels as MTV, BET, VH1, and Fox.
4. MADONNA. CLIP FOR THE SINGLE “BEDTIME STORY”
The filming of the 4.5-minute video, costing $5 million, took 7 days, and the editing took almost 1.5 months of continuous work. The result is a complex, rather interesting, and aesthetically pleasing painting. The filming was directed by Mark Romanek, the author of the most expensive video, which occupies the first line of our rating, and artists Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo also took part in the creation of the video.
3. MADONNA. CLIP FOR THE SINGLE “EXPRESS YOURSELF”
And again Madonna. This time, the author of the video, filmed in 1989, was David Fincher. The most “adult” video in our top. The video was considered the most expensive in history for a long time, until after 6 years a clip of Michael and Janet Jackson appeared, which we will tell you about even below. By the way, the video for the song “Express yourself” is considered the most popular video of the singer. This status was helped by the unusual sexual energy of the main character, which was not typical of the television format of those times.
2. MADONNA. CLIP FOR “DIE ANOTHER DAY” SINGLE
You won’t believe it, but the queen of pop music appeared again in the 2nd place of our chat. This time she spent 1 million more on filming, but this video also caused a lot of controversy among both critics and ordinary viewers due to the use of Jewish symbols and various religious texts in it. However, the video filmed for the song “Die another day”, which was written specifically for the James Bond film, brought the singer additional popularity. The song, by the way, took 8th place in the Billboard Hot 100 America rating and became the first in the rating of America’s best-selling dance singles in 2002 and 2003.
1. MICHAEL JACKSON AND JANET JACKSON. CLIP FOR THE SINGLE «SCREAM»
The reason for the creation of the most expensive video in history was the accusations of Michael Jackson in the sexual harassment of children and the media intrusion into the personal life of the star. The inspiration for the plot was the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. The video, authored by Romanek himself, became a Grammy nominee, as well as laureate of many other awards.
The audience, by the way, greeted the video with enthusiasm and still considers the video one of the most impressive in history. The most expensive part was building the spaceship ($65,000) and breaking the guitars ($53,000). On the day of shooting took 636.5 thousand dollars. And the entire filming process took 11 days.
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