Here's the problem with almost any "Most Expensive Music Videos Ever Made" list: It's all a guessing game unless you were the one signing or receiving the check.
This new Forbes list is all Michael Jackson and Madonna — they're not falling for any tall tales like Business Week did about Britney Spears' "Work Bitch" costing $6.5 million, which is crazy bitch — in almost the same order that Vh1 had for their "They Spent How Much??" recap last year.
Are these numbers close? Who knows. Except maybe Mark Romanek, who directed two of these videos — including the apparently apocryphal #1 Most Expensive Video Ever Made:
@flytetymejam The info presented as fact in this article is way off -- by millions. "Scream" was never the most expensive video ever made.— mark romanek (@markromanek) August 28, 2014