16 Music Videos That Were Actually Filmed But Never Released

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One of the most exciting things to happen as your favorite artist begins dropping new tracks is when they also start to release the music videos for their singles. A lot of these videos are highly-anticipated and can completely change and enhance the meaning of the songs themselves. What would Beyoncé‘s Lemonade be without its visual album component? One of the most crazy nights every year is when the MTV VMAs air — a night dedicated to celebrating the amazing music videos released that year (with usually a few publicity stunts and a couple WTF-worthy moments).

But what about the music videos that never get any recognition? Or worse yet, music videos that never see the light of day? There’s footage out there from some of our favorite artists — One Direction, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears — yet somehow, we’ve never seen it except for leaked clips and paparazzi shots of these M.I.A. music videos that got left on the cutting room floor. There are actually way more than you might think and all we can do is keep our fingers crossed that someone will one day let us see what we’re missing out on!


One Direction, 'Infinity'

Typically music videos are only made for tracks that the artist releases as a single. True Directioners know that "Infinity" didn't join "Drag Me Down" and "Perfect" as Made in the A.M.'s third single, but it was supposed to until "History" took its place!

Before the band made the switcheroo (and, TBH, we love the "History" music video, too), they had begun to shoot the video for "Infinity." There was even some sneaky footage released of them filming that surfaced on Twitter last January that proved a video in the making.

They did, in fact, release part of the filmed music video... kind of. During the group's final performance before the hiatus on The X Factor, the boys sang in front of a screen, which also showed them singing "Infinity" at a different time. Their outfits and the location syncs up with the shots leaked from hiding paparazzi, but we hope one day to see an official cut of the video they shot! Perhaps once the hiatus ends? #wishfulthinking

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Alicia Keys ft. Beyoncé, 'Put it in a Love Song'

In 2012, after their collab was released, Alicia told Essence that she and Queen Bey had actually made a vid together and had a pretty good time in the process.

"We had a ball shooting the video. It just so happens that the whole thing, for some reason or another, didn't quite come together, so we just decided to leave it." Basically we need to know what this "reason" is and someone needs to find that footage and get it online ASAP.

Photo: YouTube

Lady Gaga ft. R. Kelly, 'Do What U Want'

Even though Gaga herself was preparing the world for the release of her "Do What U Want" music video with R. Kelly at her side, no one ever got to see it. Apparently, The Powers That Be were nervous that a SUPER raunchy video (some very NSFW clips were released by TMZ) featuring R. Kelly (who had a past child pornography claims) and directed by a guy with pending sexual assault charges against him would be a little too controversial.

Photo: Getty images

Nicki Minaj, 'Roman in Moscow'

When Nicki hinted the plot to the video version of "Roman in Moscow," fans were obvs pumped. "Well, he was there secretly because [alter ego] Martha wanted him to go there, so they put him in this thing with monks and nuns. They were trying to rehabilitate him," the "Anaconda" singer teased to MTV News. "But I can't tell exactly what happened, you'll just see it in the video format." That interview was 5 years ago! So... where the eff is this video?!

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JoJo, 'Demonstrate'

When JoJo decided to sue her record company, Blackground Records, and sign with Atlantic, she also lost the rights to the music video she'd already filmed with her former label.

In an interview with TheYoungFolks.com, she said, "I have no idea what [Blackground Records] plans to do with that video."

All this drama went down in 2012, so, unfortunately, the "Demonstrate" video is likely gone forever.

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Britney Spears, 'Make Me'

Just a couple months ago a Change.org petition emerged online begging to see the "original" video for Brit's latest collab with rapper G-Eazy. While we got a vid directed by Randee St. Nicholas, die-hard fans noticed that there was some information that didn't quite add up and suggested a filmed music video that got the ax.

In June, E! released some backstage shots of Britney's new video and credited David LaChapelle as the video's director. Then, after leaks of the music video started showing up on the web, RCA Records commented that the parts of video illegally released were "not a suitable representation of the song."

Fast forward and the video that premiered is totally different than all the previous info and footage we saw (which, okay, was leaked), but the fans were P.O.'d because the LaChapelle version is probably pretty awesome. No word on if RCA will listen to the petition and give the OG vid to the fans.

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Britney Spears, 'Outrageous'

Despite getting a celeb guest appearance from Snoop Dogg for her "Outrageous" music video, Britney ended up having to cancel the whole thing mid-way after she injured her knee. That same injury also meant having to cancel her 2004 Onyx Hotel Tour.

Miley Cyrus tweeted the throwback pic from the set of "Outrageous" in 2013, which sparked curiosity, yet again, about if we will ever see the video. (But there are some short clips that you can find online if you're super desperate!)

Photo: Twitter @MileyCyrus

Britney Spears, 'Gimme More'

Poor Brit has had not one, not two, but THREE music videos get the boot after she already filmed them! While you may be thinking, "there is a 'Gimme More' music video," the version with Britney pole dancing is actually the second attempt at a video for the single. The OG concept actually included Brit's funeral! A little sinister, but definitely makes us want to see what they filmed...

Some rumors stated that Britney threw a tantrum after only filming the stripping portion of the music video and never returned to set — so the directors just decided to use what they had to scrape together the vid that was given to the public.

Photo: RCA Records

Kanye West, 'Robocop'

6 years after the video was shot for "Robocop," a clip was leaked online. Kanye's vid featured famous ex-GF Amber Rose, so Kim Kardashian was probably not too enthused when footage of the two of them together filming a sexy video with Amber basically nude (*ahem* — "Bound 2") surfaced on the web.

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Gwen Stefani, 'Serious'

In 2006, a music video version of "Serious" leaked on the web. But after Interscope wiped any evidence of the vid from the Internet, they also decided to scrap the release, too. Only those who watched the leak in 2006 will ever know what the video contained. Sad.

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Mariah Carey, 'Underneath the Stars'

No one is more confused about the lack of an "Underneath the Stars" music video than Mariah herself. She tweeted in 2012 (you know, 17 years after the song was made in 1995) saying, "Little known fact, I actually shot a video 4 'Underneath The Stars' in France & England that never got released & I don't know where it is!" People were @ing LA Reid and Columbia Records immediately trying to help the girl out, but so far her video hasn't been found.

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Ashlee Simpson, 'Little Miss Obsessive'

Despite the little Simpson sister talking about a video for "Little Miss Obsessive" in interviews, no music vid ever showed up and, honestly, everyone kind of forgot that it was supposed to.

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Daft Punk, 'Television Rules the Nation'

This mysterious duo was set to release the song, "Television Rules the Nation," as a single, but when the album wasn't doing as well as expected, they decided not to. However, they'd already shot the video! Though the video was never 'released,' Daft Punk fans got their hands on it and put it up online themselves.

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Madonna, 'American Life'

Madonna herself decided to kill the original concept for "American Life" because she thought it was too political; the concept focused on the pending Iraq war.

The "Like a Virgin" pop star released a statement, saying, "I have decided not to release my new video. It was filmed before the war started and I do not believe it is appropriate to air it at this time. Due to the volatile state of the world and out of sensitivity and respect to the armed forces, who I support and pray for, I do not want to risk offending anyone who might misinterpret the meaning of this video" Of course, the video made its way online eventually, despite Madonna's wishes.

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TLC, 'Creep'

While the original version of the "Creep" music video (leaked online) will give you serious '90s feels, the official version (with the girls dancing in silk pajamas and awesome grunge outfits that are so back in style right now) is just better, TBH.

Photo: LaFace Records

Alexandra Burke, 'Start Without You"

This X Factor winner had some behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the video released, yet the actual video that came out looked nothing like the previous footage. This forced the question: What else are we missing?

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