7. Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Total Cost: $3,000,000 Recorded primarily at the Avex Recording Studio in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was released to incredible commercial success and critical acclaim. But before it actually got there, a heck of a lot of money was spent creating it. Most musicians are fortune enough if they can import specific instruments for an album recording, but Kanye decided to import his favourite producers and artists for advice and collaboration, including Pusha T, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Jay-Z, Eminem, Rihanna, Elton John and Justin Vernon. Kanye spent over three million dollars in expenses alone from his record label Def Jam, and decided to rent out the Honolulu studio's three session rooms indefinitely so that he could jump from room to room whenever he suffered a mental or artistic block and needed a new space to work in.