No matter how many costume changes, complicated dance sequences, or pyrotechnics a popstar might employ in his or her music videos (lookin' at you, Gaga), any real estate junkie knows that one great mansion can steal the show. Whether that be an icon, like Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House in Michael Jackson's "Why," or one of the glassy, newly built compounds favored by the likes of One Direction and Britney Spears, the fact remains that, for house afficionados, mansion cameos can really say a lot about a popstar's brand. Have a traipse through some of the finest homes ever to be immortalized by pop divas, boy bands, and rappers, below:
(↑) Britney Spears chose Malibu's Henman House, designed by architect Ed Niles, for her "Work Bitch" music video. Most of the more vigorous, writhing dance sequences—plus a few shots of general debauchery—are set in the beamed living room.
(↑) Mother Monster Lady Gaga pushed the weirdness envelope at the Hearst Castle, a massive compound in San Simeon, Calif., built for publishing baron William Randolph Hearst, in her most recent "GUY" video. Keep an eye out for the scenes shot in both the indoor and outdoor pools.
(↑) Despite its mysterious, murder-tinged history, the Greystone Mansion in L.A. pops up in films and music videos all the time, including Mariah Carey's hair extension and one shoulder dresstastic "It's Like That" video. At the risk of bringing on the wrath of Mrs. Cannon, the checkerboard ballroom almost upstages the diva.
(↑) Impish boy band One Direction flipped their hair around in this 1930s Art Deco Temple House (built by L. Murray Dixon) for their "Best Song Ever" music video. Those quite taken with the Miami Beach pad, or Harry Styles, might consider buying the place for $16,925,000.
(↑) The late Notorious B.I.G and a gaggle of his pals and girlfriends romped around this obscenely swanky Hamptons estate—last sold in 2012 for $10.975M,—in the rapper's "Juicy" video. Never has a rooftop pool and patio looked cooler.
(↑) The lovely Adele filmed an intimate version of her global hit "Rolling in the Deep" in the famous Malibu, Calif. Shangri-La Ranch. Currently owned by famous Producer Rick Rubin, the home has also hosted such stars bona fide stars as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Pete Townshend, The Band, Jackson Browne, Keith Richards, Weezer, Metallica, Tom Waits, and Crosby Stills & Nash.
· Here's Adele Recording at Malibu's Famous Shangri-La Studios [Curbed LA]
· House of the Week: Architectural Hamptons Estate Hosted Notorious B.I.G. [Zillow]
· Rent This Beyoncé-Approved NYC Pad for $80K a Month [Curbed National]
· Deco Temple and Star of One Direction Video Asks $16.9M [Curbed National]
· Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House is Master of Mayan Revival [Curbed National]
· The Many Magnificent Estates of William Randolph Hearst [Curbed National]
· Ed Niles' Audaciously Steely Henman House Asks $9.2M [Curbed National]