Most Expensive Music Video

Most Expensive Music Video

Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson – Scream

Scream“/”Childhood” is the lead single from Michael Jackson’s ninth studio album, HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I where “Scream” is the first song and “Childhood” is the tenth song on the second disc of the album HIStory Continues. The A-side, “Scream”, is a duet with his younger sister and R&B-pop singer, Janet Jackson, while the corresponding B-side, “Childhood”, a solo piece. The single was released on May 31, 1995.

“Scream” is cited primarily as an aggressive, retaliatory song directed at the tabloid media and their coverage of the child sexual abuse accusations made against Michael Jackson in 1993. “Scream” was written, composed and produced by Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson; Michael played many of the instruments. It incorporates elements of pop,electrorock, new jack swing, dance-pop, and funk. Recording for Scream took place at the Hit Factory in New York City and at Flyte Tyme Studios in Edina, Minnesota in December 1994. The song was leaked to radio stations early, despite Epic Records’ attempt to keep it off air until the official release date.

Generally well received amongst critics, it has been compared favorably to other accomplished pieces by Jackson. It went on to be nominated for a Grammy Award and an American Music Award. The corresponding music video remains one of Jackson’s most critically acclaimed pieces; it won numerous MTV Video Music Awards and a Grammy. At a cost of $ 7 million, it was listed in the Guinness World Records as the most expensive music video ever made, however director Mark Romanek has refuted the claim saying that there were two other music videos from the same era which cost “millions more” than the video for “Scream”.[2] The imagery in “Scream” has been replicated in several contemporary pieces, including “No Scrubs” by TLC, “Shawty Get Loose” byLil Mama, “Stay the Night” by IMx and Walkin’ on the Moon by The-Dream.

 

Added on: October 20th, 2011

Category: MONEY, MOTIVATION, MUSIC, MUSIC

 
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