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Posted by LorraineYe AKP STAFF Friday, January 26, 2018

The Most Expensive MVs in K-Pop

1. One Shot by B.A.P
This nearly 7-minute long masterpiece of a music video also doubles as one of the most expensive MVs to date. Not only is it one of the most dramatic MVs to ever grace its way to our tv, computer, and phone screens, its estimated cost ran somewhere between $900,000 to $950,000. The MV reads more like an action-packed film than anything else.
2. Cry Cry by T-ARA
"Cry Cry" by T-ARA will go down in K-Pop MV history as one of the longest and most intense music videos by any group. The group created a drama version of their MV, in addition to, another MV that highlighted the group's performance abilities (aside from acting, of course). "Cry Cry" along with "Lovey Dovey" has an estimated production cost of $1,000,000!
3. Like A Cat by AOA
AOA's "Like A Cat" comes in on the lower-side of high-end. The intricate detail of their super spy storyline is cute and befitting, but definitely came at a cost in the MV production. The estimated value of the MV is $250,000, which is apparent given the variety of sets that serve as unique aesthetics to each member.
4. Decalcomanie by MAMAMOO
Hard to say, easy to enjoy: MAMAMOO's "Decalcomanie" has a simple MV concept, but a mid-tier luxury cost! The girls grace the stage, where they belong, in the MV in adorned and form-fitting outfits. The video's estimated cost is about $300,000.
5. Come Back Home by 2NE1
This 2NE1 song is a classic, and the MV captures the group's signature attitude and sass perfectly through a high-budget lens. From special sets to tons of extras, the group's explosive video is rumored to have cost about $500,000 to make. Though, we think the money was put to good use given how iconic the song has become!
6. Home by Ailee ft. Yoon Mirae
Ailee shows off even more attitude on her track entitled, "Home". With Yoon Mirae lending a verse, the song is a certified hit, but the MV was also a hit... to the wallet. In fact, the music video for "Home" is estimated to be worth between $250,000 to $300,000. The video boasts an impressive 167 cuts, so there must have been a lot of footage that wasn't used, too!
7. Destiny by Infinite
Keep in mind, the video above is only version A to a two version MV! "Destiny" by Infinite is another one of the most costly MVs to date. The production cost for "Destiny" is estimated to be about $890,000. With that budget, Infinite was able to achieve one-of-a-kind shots near humongous airplanes. And, we haven't even begun to unpack version B!
8. Honey Honey by Gangkiz
T-ara's fellow Core Content Media labelmates Gangkiz also had an extremely high-budget MV. When the video dropped, netizens liked it so much, that they encouraged all the members of Gangkiz to pursue acting careers. The production value of Gangkiz "Honey Honey" MV is estimated to be roughly $900,000. With inflation, the MV is estimated to be worth roughly $950,000.

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