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10 Artists Who Proved Two Music Videos Are Better Than One

Two Music Videos

When Rihanna and Drake dropped their video for Work last week, most music fans saw the Director X version, which starred the two performers partying at the Real Jerk in Toronto.

While that version of Work has already racked up close to 36 million views on Vevo, it’s not the only video the collaborators released. A second version, shot by Tim Erem, features the couple dancing solo in a living room with just as much chemistry as Director X’s cut.

Drake and Rihanna aren’t the first musicians to pull double duty with a song and release two videos. Here are other artists who felt like two was better than one.

Thinking of You, Katy Perry

Katy Perry recorded the first version of her video for Thinking of You in 2007, but after the success of her second album One Of The Boys, she reshot the video with a bigger budget. Perry goes from a jilted lover turned murderer in the first version to a War widow in the second. Great art applies to many scenarios, right?

Jesus Walks, Kanye West

In 2004, Kanye West enlisted director Michael Haussman to film his video for Jesus Walks, which starred West as a preacher performing for his congregation. Unhappy with the video, West paid for a second and third Jesus Walks, including the version below. Directed by Chris Milk, it won the 2005 VMA for Best Male Video and Video of the Year at the BET Awards. This wouldn’t be the last time West released multiple videos for a song. His 2007 song Flashing Lights also has three videos to its name.

Viva La Vida, Coldplay

Coldplay were heavily influenced by art for their 2008 album Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends and no where was that more apparent than in the videos for the title track. The first version was shot by Hype Williams and included the band performing in front of Eugène Delacroix’s painting La Liberté guidant le peuple. The second version was shot in the Netherlands by Anton Corbijn and stars lead singer Chris Martin as a king who walks around the city carrying Delacroix’s painting.

California Love, Tupac

Hype Williams makes a fitting second appearance on our list, this time for one of the most cinematic music videos of all time with his Mad Max inspired video for Tupac’s 1997 (or 2095) video California Love. A second version was later released with a remix of the song, picking up at the end of the original video with Tupac waking up as if the Mad Max world had all been a dream. He used to read Word Up magazine. Just kidding. We love you too, Notorious BIG.

Starry Eyed, Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding’s two videos for his single Starry Eyed couldn’t be more different. The first, released in January 2010, features Goulding and two acrobats performing in close ups while a StroMotion effect is used to slow down the women to match the beats of the song. The US version was released a year and a half later and features some product placement thanks to Mini Cooper and Beats By Dre headphones while Goulding and her boyfriend enjoy a really impressive meteor shower.

Bleeding Love, Leona Lewis

If you’ve ever wondered whether audiences in the UK and North America are different, look no further than music videos. Leona Lewis’s first version of Bleeding Love was directed by Melina Matsoukas (aka Beyonce’s Formation director) in LA, but a second version was later filmed in New York for the US audience. So, LA is like the Europe of America?

Cheerleader, OMI

When OMI remixed his breakout single Cheerleader he could have just released the original video and sped it up. Instead, a remix this hot called for more girls in bikinis.

Heart Skips A Beat, Olly Murs

UK pop singer Olly Murs prescribes to the notion that three is better than one, or at least that was the case for his track Heart Skips a Beat. The first video was shot on what looked like a giant record player and featured the album version of the song. The second installment was shot in LA for the US remix, which included rapper Chiddy Bang and featured Murs hamming it up for the camera as a soccer coach. Finally, a second US video was filmed on the Venice Boardwalk in LA, and while Chiddy Bang’s verses are heard, the rapper does not appear in the video. So, what was the point of the third version?

Fill Me In, Craig David

Craig David’s 2000 break out single Fill Me In is different from the other entries on this list in that its two music videos were essentially given the same treatment, but shot in different locations. In both videos, of course a US and UK version, Craig tells his friends about trying to spend time with his girlfriend and dealing with her parents interrupting them. We don’t mind. The more Craig David, the better.

Chains, Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas’ videos for Chains couldn’t be more different from one another. The first version incorporates a darkly sexy tone, with Jonas wearing a ripped white t-shirt and being chained to a chair by a sexy dominatrix before a riot breaks out. The second version was shot in Miami’s art district Wynwood and shows off the outrageous nightlife of the neighborhood. We never thought we’d pass up serious Nick, but we totally like fun Nick more.