Music videos with a provocative edge

Music power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z, as The Carters, released a lavishly shot music video for Apes**t that features them (above) and a bevy of dancers performing in front of iconic art pieces such as the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Music power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z, as The Carters, released a lavishly shot music video for Apes**t that features them (above) and a bevy of dancers performing in front of iconic art pieces such as the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum in Paris.PHOTOS: NYTIMES, RCA RECORDS, REUTERS, YOUTUBE

Here are eight videos by artists over the past five years that have upset people with controversial scenes or issues

Music videos have courted controversy ever since the medium took off in the 1980s, with artists pressing hot-button issues such as religion and sex in them.

Madonna, for example, has touched on both with her Like A Prayer (1989) and Justify My Love (1990) clips.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2018, with the headline 'Music videos with a provocative edge'. Print Edition | Subscribe