Music Artists Who Sold-Out

When artists started out in one genre and then sold-out so they could make it on the pop charts. Let's discuss these artist who did this crime.

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1MetallicaMetallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

In the eighties, they were the greatest metal band. Ever. They practically created thrash metal. There was nothing like it. What happened? For shame, Metallica, for shame...

1st 4 albums are amazing then they lost cliff and jason and they did it(stupid idea) - rockisgood132

it's a shame really because they were amazing - muckie

Metallica is so pop now. But where is Eminem on this list? He should be like number one for sure.

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2X JapanX Japan is a Japanese heavy metal band from Chiba, formed in 1982 by drummer Yoshiki and lead vocalist Toshi.

I'm pretty sure most of the people who voted for them here have no idea what this list is about, but this time I won't complain about their ignorance. - saaarsdej

I really don't see how they sold out but X-Japan rule most and deserve to be top of most lists. Pure awesome.

X Japan will always be at the top of the hierarchy. The top predator in a food chain if you will.

X Japan have kept to true to themselves even after the 10 year hiatus.

How did they sell out? Dahlia (assuming this is the supposed sellout album) was amazing if you ask me.

3KissKiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

many people would say KISS is great, when they just know one or two songs from them... that's because they are the most commercial band, even their fans say this - rock2metal

from "rock" to disco... bad!

4NickelbackNickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

They sold out before anyone actually heard of them. Their first album, The Curb was heavy and their newer stuff is very poppy. I wish they could go back to not always singing about sex and partying and all that crap.

Who remembers their album Curb? No one, since their fans love their new poppy music. Like with Metallica, they were heavy and processed by money to make themselves softer.

I hate Nickelback. But some of their earlier stuff is pretty good. - BeatlesFan1964

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5Guns N' Roses

With every member that left Guns n Roses, they took a bit of talent with them. I hated Chinese Democracy and is nothing like Appetite For Destruction - Danielsun182

6Rod StewartRoderick David "Rod" Stewart is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry.
7GenesisGenesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.V1 Comment
8Taylor SwiftTaylor Alison Swift (Taylor Swift) is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing about her personal life and not using AUTO-TUNE in her music . She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after ...read more.

Yeah but she was always a sell out

Apparently, changing genres is a "sell out". I might as well inform you her country era had the same flaws as she is now.
Not saying I like or dislike her. - Swellow

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9Fall Out BoyFall Out Boy is an American rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley.
10The Black Eyed PeasThe Black Eyed Peas is an American hip hop group, consisting of rappers will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo, and singer Fergie.

The first album was pretty good. When they showed up again I was sure it was not the same people. Huge sellouts for sure

After Elephunk, they seemed to lose their ability to singing (I Gotta Feeling and Meet Me Halfway were decent however). - Swellow

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11Linkin ParkLinkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture ...read more.

Selling out hasn't worked out for them. "In the End" on their first album went to #2 on the charts in 2000. Their 2014 album didn't have a single make the Hot 100. Basically, they're at their best when they make their music: metal mixed with rap.

Linkin Park should be above Metallica - Nintendonix

They should be second to Metallica. They were both great bands who sold out! Well, LP now kicks ass.

12SantanaSantana is an American Latin rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Mexican-American guitarist Carlos Santana.V1 Comment
13Huey Lewis
14Pink FloydPink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), and Richard ...read more.

How did they sell out? Roger Waters left the band, and they lost a member and another member that left before. Plus they are getting older and trying hard as they can to make music. - Powerfultekin

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15Avril Lavigne

How dare you put Avril Lavigne here!

16Billy IdolWilliam Michael Albert Broad, known professionally by his stage name Billy Idol, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor.
17Jefferson Starship
18HeartHeart is an American rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide.
19ColdplayColdplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed ...read more.

Compare Mylo Xyloto to Parachutes. They sang with Rihanna, for god's sake!
As a side note, I don't think some people on this list understand the point of it.

20AerosmithAerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".V1 Comment
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