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6 K-pop MVs With Highest Production Budget

When it comes to making successful music, half of the work is devoted to creating the perfect music video to accompany it. While some companies try to lessen the costs when it comes to producing their artists’ music videos, some aren’t afraid to spend big bucks. In fact, numerous K-pop music videos are well over a hundred thousand dollars!

With that, here are six K-pop music videos that had the highest production budget!

*Only confirmed budgets included

1. TREASURE’s ‘JIKJIN’ – 417,000 USD

Earlier in February 2022, TREASURE released the music video for their song “JIKJIN.” Despite only being in the industry for two years, YG Entertainment wasn’t afraid to give a big budget for the song’s music video.

According to reports, “JIKJIN” had a production budget of a whopping 417,000 USD! A big chunk of the budget was reportedly dedicated to mobilizing the numerous supercars in the music video.

2. 2NE1’s ‘Come Back Home’ – 470,000 USD

In 2014, legendary girl group 2NE1 dropped their song “Come Back Home.” And once again, YG Entertainment went all out with their budget, with the song’s music video production having a cost of 469,000 USD.

Such a production cost isn’t surprising, considering the music video’s futuristic set, intricate costumes, and the number of extras involved.

3. Gangkiz’s ‘Honey Honey’ – 900,000 USD

Disbanded second generation girl group Gangkiz got creative when they made their debut.

For their debut song “Honey Honey,” the group released a seven-part music video. Because of this, the production value for “Honey Honey” is said to have been around 900,000 USD. The group was signed under Core Contents Media, now known as MBK Entertainment.

4. INFINITE’s ‘Destiny’ – 900,000 USD

INFINITE’s label Woollim Entertainment allotted a big budget for the production of the group’s music video for “Destiny.” The song’s music video was reportedly filmed at Universal Studios and locations in Los Angeles, United States.

In fact, only Lady Gaga and Chris Brown were previously allowed to film at Universal Studios during that time. So it’s no wonder that the group and their label spent 900,000 USD for the music video.

5. B.A.P’s ‘One Shot’ – 950,000 USD

B.A.P brought out their acting chops in the nearly seven-minute music video for “One Shot” against a budget of around 900,000 USD, which can go up as high as 950,000 USD.

With the music video’s storyline, as well as its intense actions scenes, “One Shot” felt like a short film than a music video!

6. T-ARA’s ‘Cry Cry’ – 1,000,000 USD

T-ARA’s “Cry Cry” has one of the most expensive music videos the K-pop industry has seen. The group created a short drama which comes in two parts, the second being “Lovey Dovey.”

The lengthy music video tells the tale of intense revenge and familial love, with a production cost amounting to a whopping 1,000,000 USD to create!

BONUS: BLACKPINK’s ‘Pink Venom’

While the exact budget figure for BLACKPINK’s latest music video “Pink Venom” remains unknown, reports say that the music video has the highest production budget spent by YG Entertainment. Given that 2NE1’s “Come Back Home” is around 469,000 USD, the production cost for “Pink Venom” may well be over 500,000 USD.

Were you surprised with how much these music video cost?

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Written by Robyn Joan

Credit: KpopStarz

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