What do Drake, Taylor Swift, Zayn Malik and Jason Derulo have in common?
Yeah, they’re recording artists, but they’ve also all traveled to Miami for their latest music videos.
With news that Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias are working on a new dance single called “Move To Miami” and a video that was reportedly shot in Wynwood last month, we looked at how other artists have used the 305 as a video backdrop.
Here are five recent videos that were made in Miami:
Drake: In February, the Toronto hip-hop star made headlines for surprising South Florida students and other people by giving them cash, cars and donating money to local scholarships. The scenes were part of the video for his single “God’s Plan.” In the video, viewers see everyday slices of Overtown, Miami Senior High School, South Pointe Park in Miami Beach and the University of Miami in Coral Gables. Drake also surprised shoppers at a Miami Beach market by paying for their groceries. The video opens with “The Budget for this video was $996,631.90. We gave it all away.”
Zayn Malik: The British pop star best known as a former member of boy band “One Direction” set his new music video “Let Me” at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach and Miami’s Watson Island. Directed by Jose Padilha of Netflix’s “Narcos,” the video has a “Miami Vice’’ vibe and shows Malik playing a messenger who’s smitten with his boss’s lady played by model Sofia Jamora. Miami actor Steven Bauer plays el jefe. The video ends with Malik and Jamora speeding away in red cigarette boat as downtown Miami recedes in the background.
Maluma and Jason DeRulo: Colombian reggaeton artist Maluma worked with pop singer Jason Derulo, of Miramar, to record the video for the remake of “Colors,” Coca-Cola’s official 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia anthem. The singers shot the music video on the field at Florida International University’s Riccardo Silva Stadium, where they perform with a crew of dancers.
Taylor Swift: Taylor Swift’s “End Game” opens with “MIAMI” written in big bold letters. The pop singer performed aboard a super yacht in Biscayne Bay by downtown Miami. As she dances on the yacht, which has “rep’’ written in neon lights (a nod to her album’s name), aerial cameras swoop over the bay and capture the brightly lit skyline that includes the giant digital dancing lady on the side of the Intercontinental Hotel. Swift is also seen cruising down Ocean Drive and walking along the shore before the video shifts moves over to Tokyo.
DJ Khaled: The Miami hip hop producer chose Little Haiti to shoot last summer’s “Wild Thoughts” video with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. Directed by Colin Tilley, the video shows Rihanna sashaying and having a good time as Khaled raps beside her at the Caribbean Marketplace. The video was nominated as a “Video of the Year” by MTV.