The production on these music videos cost hundreds of thousands of dollars! Here are some of the most expensive K-Pop MVs to date.
1. “Love Song” by BIGBANG
The production team for “Love Song” made two airport runways in the middle of nowhere for this music video.
They also used the most advanced shooting techniques at that time, and as a result — the entire MV cost up to $200,000 USD.
2. “Troublemaker” by Troublemaker
Troublemaker’s “Troublemaker” explores the fatal attraction between two sexy spies.
The fancy clothes and luxurious hotel rooms contributed to the $210,000 price tag on this music video.
3. “Like a Cat” by AOA
This MV also featured the artists as spies, which is fitting as the song is about the girls sneaking around like cats.
The meticulous outfits and sets brought the cost of this MV up to $250,000.
4. “MAMA” by EXO
EXO’s debut MV not only has two versions — they both feature graphics that depict the story of EXO Planet and use special effects to give the EXO members their special powers!
All of this special CGI cost a pretty penny and caused the “MAMA” MV to cost about $270,000.
5. “Decalcomanie” by MAMAMOO
This gorgeous music video had the ladies of MAMAMOO in several form-fitting outfits while dancing and walking around luxurious locations.
Along with the fee to cast the leading man, this MV cost approximately $300,000.
6. “Come Back Home” by 2NE1
With the super detailed future dystopian sets, intricate outfits, and sheer number of extras…
It’s no surprise this MV was rumoured to cost up to $500,000 to create!
7. “Honey Honey” by Gangkiz
Former T-ARA lablemate Gangkiz released a seven-part music video for their debut song “Honey Honey”.
The production value is around $900,000 and is one of the most expensive music videos produced ever.
8. “Destiny” by Infinite
Filmed in Universal Studios as well as several other locations in California, this music video cost almost $900,000.
Fitting the dramatic and epic sounds of “Destiny”, the members are dressed as action heroes as they dance in classic action movie locations.
9. “Cry Cry” by T-ARA
Featuring all the elements of an elaborately developed Korean crime drama, T-ara’s “Cry Cry” & “Lovey Dovey” tell the two part tale of revenge and familial love.
The two MVs cost about $1,000,000 to create!
10. One Shot by B.A.P.
While the plot of “One Shot” may seem conventional enough to start, with B.A.P at odds with a rival gang, the ending to the music video is anything but conventional.
The elaborate video cost between $900,000 to $950,000 to produce.