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1987 Hysteria Def Leppard 1984–1987 $5–4.5 million $13,409,490/$12,068,541 [29][30][31]
1999 The Life of Chris Gaines[e] Garth Brooks $5 million $9,145,026 [31][33]
2009 Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel Mariah Carey 2009 £4 million £5,707,937 [15]
2002 Untouchables Korn 2001 $4 million[f] $6,775,948 [35]
1988 Non Stop Julio Iglesias $3 million $7,728,756 [36]
2010 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Kanye West 2009–2010 $3 million $4,191,668 [37]
2015 Once Upon a Time in Shaolin Wu-Tang Clan 2007–2013 $3 million $3,856,240 [38]
2003 Deftones Deftones 2002 $2.5 million $4,140,738 [39]
1987 Bad Michael Jackson 1985–1987 $2 million $5,363,796 [40]
2005 Late Registration Kanye West 2004–2005 $2 million $3,120,123 [41]
2010 Superficial Heidi Montag 2007–2009 $2 million $2,794,445 [42]
2002 Sun With Love Ho Yeow Sun   $1.6 million[g] $2,710,379 [43]
1982 Rock in a Hard Place Aerosmith 1981–1982 $1.5 million $4,735,862 [44]
1990 Charmed Life Billy Idol 1989–1990 $1.5 million $3,498,217 [45]
1993 Aries Luis Miguel 1992–1993 $1.5 million $3,163,787 [46]
2011 Watch the Throne Kanye West
Jay-Z
2010–2011 $1.5 million $2,031,657 [47]
2013 Yeezus Kanye West 2012–2013 $1.5 million $1,962,000 [47]
1979 Tusk Fleetwood Mac 1978–1979 $1.4 million $5,877,304 [48][49]
2012 Cruel Summer GOOD Music 2011–2012 $1.3 million $1,725,294 [47]
1979 The Long Run Eagles 1978–1979 $1 million $4,198,074 [50]
1981 For Those About to Rock We Salute You AC/DC 1981 $1 million $3,351,391 [51]
1982 Donna Summer Donna Summer 1981–1982 $1 million $3,157,241 [52]
1988 Brian Wilson Brian Wilson 1987–1988 $1 million[h] $2,576,252 [53][54][55]
1989 The Seeds of Love Tears for Fears 1986–1989 $1 million $2,457,987 [56]
1991 Metallica Metallica 1990–1991 $1 million $2,236,990 [57]
1995 The Woman in Me Shania Twain 1994–1995 $1 million
$1,999,563 [58] 1998 He Got Game Public Enemy 1997–1998 $1 million $2,576,252 [60] 1999 Ricky Martin Ricky Martin $1 million $1,829,005 [61] 2002 One by One Foo Fighters 2002 $1 million $1,693,987 [62] 2005 One Way Ticket to Hell... and Back The Darkness 2005 $1 million $1,560,061 [63]

 

 

did your fav make it? :gaycat1:

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i thought ARTPOP was very expensive? or was the album rollout?

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Where are Halsey and Beyoncé? Surely visual albums were also very expensive.

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2 minutes ago, Virgos Groove said:

5 million for a Victoria Beckham album that didn't even get a US release... what kind of CRACK were they smoking in early-00s Britain?

 

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5 million for a Victoria Beckham album... and I'm gonna stop now and stay cute.

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Oh God, I've forgot about Heidi Montag and her try at being a pop star. 

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7 minutes ago, shyboi said:

i thought ARTPOP was very expensive? or was the album rollout?

That was a rumor started by Perez Hilton disgusing himself as a random woman on some user-submitted article websites. 

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Didn't Heidi Montag go broke while making Superficial?

 

EDIT: NVM just saw her name

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They most likely don't have Beyoncé figures, self titled and lemonade should be quite expensive given that they are visual albums

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eras?
artpop and erotica 

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1 minute ago, LadyDiana said:

Oh God, I've forgot about Heidi Montag and her try at being a pop star.

Girlie Heidi slayed it and I've been enjoying her resurengence of late. Superficial is a cult classic.

 

 

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Didn't Electra Heart bankrupt Marinas label?

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Yes, Superficial made the list :gaycat4:

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Now what is Victoria doing in there?

 

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Dangerous :clap3: Invincible (the first half) :clap3: History :clap3: Bad :clap3: 

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10 minutes ago, PopKills said:

Didn't Electra Heart bankrupt Marinas label?

Yes because of the Dr Luke songs that ended up flopping

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16 minutes ago, Trash said:

Didn't Heidi Montag go broke while making Superficial?

 

EDIT: NVM just saw her name

yes, her flop goes for the history books. 

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I don't think the cost of album creation is public. So this is only the ones that have been reported or speculation

 

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26 minutes ago, shyboi said:

i thought ARTPOP was very expensive? or was the album rollout?

Most of the money (25 mil) went to Gaga herself. The recording budget was less than 10 million. She got 15 million of it to do what she wanted. Actual album was probably like 5 million. She got clauses about renegotiating contracts and stuff as well. 

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Cowboy carter sounds very expensive. 

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victoria?

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Why was Memoirs by Mariah so expensive ??

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Scream at 'Victoria Beckham', they must've thought she was poised to be a solo superstar back in the day since she was the last Spice Girl to release and had the Beckham association too

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why is Victoria there? :deadbanana2: is this just cost of studio sessions or for the whole campaign as well?

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37 minutes ago, Taylor fanboy said:

Where are Halsey and Beyoncé? Surely visual albums were also very expensive.

 

35 minutes ago, chaklux said:

They most likely don't have Beyoncé figures, self titled and lemonade should be quite expensive given that they are visual albums

Beyonce always gets some sort of deal for her projects …. Her $50M deal with Pepsi paid for ST and the videos as well as tour costs. For Lemonade she had the Topshop/Ivy Park deal before she fully bought Ivy Park from Topshop. For The Gift/Black is King, Disney paid her 25M for the role of an Nala. For Renny/CC she had Tiffany's/Lexus and Verizon. 

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