In honour of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awardson Aug. 30, Hello! is paying homage to record-breaking videos of the past—namely the 10 most expensive music videos ever.
The luxury and splendour of music’s most iconic featurettes (think pop stars frolicking in outer space or rockers outmaneuvering government SWAT teams ) comes at quite the high-ticket cost. The latest in CGI techniques, pyrotechnics and the construction of big-budget sets are married to create the one-of-a-kind visual experiences that we remember today.
Topping our list of music’s costliest videos is " Scream," by legendary brother-sister duo Michael and Janet Jackson. Director Mark Romanek, who most recently managed the visuals for Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off," reflected on working with Michael to Slash Film, saying, “Michael was crazy. Everything’s got to be the biggest, biggest, biggest, biggest, best, best ever in all of history .”
In 1991, MTV honoured the artist, whose brilliant attention to detail earned him a reputation as a strident perfectionist, by renaming their prestigious lifetime achievement award the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award .
Even though the world will never be privy to another new Michael Jackson visual masterpiece, the director of his 'Thriller' short film, John Landis, has announced that he will bring the 14-minute clip back to life with the release of a 3-D version. Speaking with the New York Daily News, John says, "It is going to reappear in a highly polished and three-dimensional way that is very exciting on the big screen."
It’s no wonder that with his eye for extravagance and appetite for grandeur that the King of Pop has earned three of the ten spots on our list, an accolade he shares with music's long-reigning queen, Madonna.
But despite the more obvious contenders, there are definitely some surprises among the bunch, including rock super group Guns N’ Roses, '90s rap titan MC Hammer and business mogul Sean Combs aka Diddy.