Biggest Sellouts of the History of Musica7x,antar
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For me, it's when they released the Load album. This album, and every other album after it, is nothing more than either alternative or hard rock. Death Magnetic tries, but falls short, in my opinion. Why is Metallica alienating their fan base? Change your image back to thrash metal. Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax don't seem to have an issue with it.
All their early material from the 80's is amazing, top of the line metal music. Compare it to some of their stuff after, and its hard to believe that they are the same band. When I think of the term selling out, I think of Metallica.
They were one of the top metal bands around back in the 80s, now they are just remembered for what they did in the 80s. If Metallica stuck to its roots it would still be on top and would probably be considered the greatest metal band of all time. They still are either considered the greatest metal band of all time or the second greatest to Iron Maiden. From the Black Album and on they have sold out if they stuck to their thrash roots they would probably have came out with albums just as good if not better than their first four albums
The Black album was the sell out point...no question.V 19 Comments
Metallica biggest sellouts ever? Lol no, at least they kept within the overall genre of metal, these guys had such a great style of rock and funk combined, which was rare in popular music nowadays, suddenly they threw it away and went from Maroon 5 to Maroon 8 (or however the hell many members there are now) or more accurately, Adam levine 1, do the other members even exist now? All you hear is the most generic, mind numbing electronic pop garbage backed with completely rehashed lyrics from all their previous stuff, they are now a shell OF a shell of what they used to be
Their first album, "Kara's Flowers" was an alternative rock/pop-punk album. Yeah. It barely sold any copies, so they became a soft rock band with their second album, "Songs About Jane." This was arguably a sellout record, but it was not that bad. Later, they weren't selling well, and switched from soft rock to pure pop, and sold a ton. They follow the money.
I almost want to cry when I hear a song off of "overexposed". It disgusts me how they destroyed everything they built with their first three albums. "Songs about jane" was funk/alternative rock for the masses and it was excellent. "it wont be soon before long" was more retro sounding but brilliant nonetheless. "Hands all over" was a mix of the two with more Michael jacksonesque sounds in it. "Overexposed" is the quintessential sell out album in recent history. Maroon 5 wasnt selling well so they ditched every shred of rock in their music and made a ton of cash.
They went from "Look for the girl with the broken smile, ask her if she wants to stay a while" to "Don't wanna know, know, know, know who's taking you home, home, home, home". They've always been pop rock. I get that. But know their no longer unique but now making songs that are filtered for the mainstream. The definition of selling out! - PopPunkKid101V 12 Comments
She's terrible now and always was, but there's no doubt she changed herself to get more money and fame. But for those saying she should be #1, you've clearly never heard Metallica.
Okay. Taylor Swift should be number one. She is the biggest sellout in music history. She went from country in her early years and singing along side of and sharing the same stage with definitely Leppard to modern pop music. What? You can'y do that!
How have we gone from acoustic country to the worst song in all of the music industry?
I don't mind Taylor Swift now and Style is an awesome song but she totally sold outV 7 Comments
Sure they started out as punk rock, but at least they generally stayed as some form of punk, even in American Idiot. It was still an album about rebellion, just this time against the government when previously they rebelled against society.
Forgot who they were, Punk Rockers. Who gives a rats ass what other people think.
They went from songs like jaded take back geek stink breath to wake me up when September ends and last night on earth. Generic pop songs. At least in the last 3 albums they weren't aiming for money
American Idiot & 21st Century Breakdown were good albums, if anything they decided to sell out by Puting out 3 albums with no effort in them.V 10 Comments
I don't agree much with Led Zeppelin and Wheezer being on here... And especially Dave Grohl, because I enjoy the FF new albums :/ but definitely LP deserves this, they are standard teen "metal". And much of their songs sound the same. I also thin A7X should be an honorable mention, especially during City of Evil... But then they sort of got unpopular after Nightmare. They aren't bad, because I like them, but they REALLY sold out after leaving metalcore.
And Billy Corgan? Really?
Hybrid Theory and Meteora were both awesome albums. Then, Minutes to Midnight was released and it became evident which direction Linkin Park was going. In One Thousand Suns, they continued in this direction. Finally, LP claimed they would "go back to their roots" on Living Things. However, that just proved that LP had forgotten it's roots and will forever live as the biggest sell outs in history. - Potat
If anything, they did the exact opposite. It would be more like selling out for them to go in their old direction because their old fans wants it. You wanna know why they changed? Because they like their new sound.
"Selling out" means changing your art to appeal to the masses. Linkin Park actually lost a good chunk of it's fanbase and for 9 years.. they haven't gone back to regain the fans and sales they've lost.V 11 Comments
In my opinion, he should be number 1. He started promoting terrible rappers like Far East Movement and Wiz Khalifa. And he started rapping with a lot of terrible artists (Lil Wayne, Miley Cyrus, Big Time Rush, Jason Derulo, Psy, Soulja Boy, Katy Perry, the list goes on). He even said that Lil Wayne is dope!
How is this guy not higher?! He really is one of the biggest sellouts in music history! Really!
He didn't sellout, in fact he was probably more popular as a rapper than as reggae artist.
Started as clown and continues being a clown. How he ever got "respect" is beyond me.
He literally does anything if they pay himV 4 Comments
They never sold out. They just evolved their sound with every album. Artists aren't allowed to ever change? - beccax3x3x3x3
They sold out after the hiatus. How can you compare save rock and roll to classics like take this to your grave?
Absolutely, definitely sold out, with nearly every subsequent album. First we have to agree on what "sellout" means - and I've come to agree that it means "moving toward the 'pop' genre whilst sacrificing elements that made your band unique/different/left-of-center/non-pop.
So, let's take the transition between Take This to Your Grave and From Under the Cork Tree (from now on referred to as "FUCT" - the former album has an equal amount of pop mixed in with its punk, often rough-around-the-edges production and playing. Lyrics were not as overtly self-reflective, self-absorbed or self-referential as FUCT. Pop punk was very popular, and FUCT had slicker (pop) production, more morose lyrics (popular at the time), and even catchier melodies.
From FUCT to Infinity On High, FOB dropped a lot of the sob stories and picked up an odd, hip hop influenced "swag" highlighted by its braggadocio and Jay-Z intro. Still self-referential and tongue-and-cheek, ...more
Newest albums post 08' enough saidV 5 Comments
How are these guys not in the top 10? Kiss has sold out pretty much every single way possible.
Why is nirvana on this list? The over-merchandising of Nirvana started after Kurt's death, and everything about "In Utero" is far from selling out, it's the exact opposite.
Beth and I was made for loving you like the songs or not you got to call it like you see it and how is A7X sell outs they are the best they sell out just because the lead singer Mshadow doesn't want to scream himself hoarse he wanted to sing the horror he wanted to sing! There last album also had screaming and in god hates us and there new single not ready to die
KISS is the very cornerstone of selling out and an icon to those who are desperately trying to pull a similar stunt with their careers.
I actually have a lot of respect for them, because they're being honest about it and still make a ton of cash.
Kiss rocksV 6 Comments
He's not a sellout he's just plain bad
Whoever voted him here is wrong, he sucked when he started rap and sucks now he's not the biggest sellout but he's the worst rapper of all time. - matthewwilliams2
It's hard to believe that this is true honestly - Metalmaniakkk
Sellout for leavin behind his upbringing style hiphoo street music for this pop culture bs he does nowV 1 Comment
So surprised he wasn't on here - VideoGamefan5
They sold out in the mid-2000's and their new music is horrible. I don't like them any more. - Powerfultekin
Like the Bugatti Veyron; great, just not likeable.
They aren't exactly good anymoreV 3 Comments
Kanye likes fish sticks and his wife is a hobbit South Park is awesome - matthewwilliams2
What was there to sell out? He got his real start producing for people like Jay-Z. He wasn't acting like a demagogue at the beginning but later he painted himself as a narcissistic poster child for hipster hop.
He started a religion called Westism, in which he is God. Biggest doofus on the planet.
Whoever worships this fool as "Yeezus" should honestly just give up on music. - MetalmaniakkkV 2 Comments
A group who have sold out, not once but twice. Originally they were a supposedly legit band who had respect in the hip hop community. Fergie then joined, and they became a pretty good pop band for a while. Then I Gotta Feeling came along, and they lost any semblance of identity to become generic soulless pop-dance music that occupy the charts these days. Thankfully they went on hiatus before they steeped too much further in that part of their career, clearly due to diminishing returns. When they inevitably reunite, they should hopefully return to what they originally were, but the chances on that are sadly slim. A sellout in every sense of the word. - Mrveteran
This group apparently used to be an actual band and play instruments. I didn't know this now since they use computerized will.I.am beats and autotune in all of their songs. Almost as big of a sellout as Taylor Swift.
In the beginning, they were a well-respected rap group. Then came Fergie and they turned to crap. The final straw was The E.N.D., featuring that "I Gotta Feeling" song that idiots made more popular than anything Elvis or Simon and Garfunkel released. (NO JOKE.)
They say they make good music, that's selling out because there lying.V 1 Comment
Back to the shack is basically an apology for selling out so there ya go
Weezer never sold out. They just began making crappy music. Pinkertons obviously their best album in terms of sincerity though. It's so confessional...but anyway, their most recent album, Everything Will Be Alright In the End, is like an apology for the horrid music they made. It's a well crafted album with the lead single "Back to the Shack" which is telling fans sorry.
They are coming back from the dead. Their 2016 album was great.
Eh. Weezer didn't really sellout but their music definitely got terrible.V 3 Comments
They went from border-line metal to electronic, techno crap. They're all talented, but they cover up that talent with awful dance beats. (Up in the air is a perfect example).
I used to like them a lot and then they made a song with Kanye West. Well, that pretty much sums it up.
While they've always been pop rock, they at least had some alternative leanings when they started out. Now they've gone completely pop, which while more successful utterly angers their die hard fans, and casual listeners for making boring music. - Mrveteran
How are they not #1? Songs like shiver and clocks were incredible. And now listening to their newer songs like paradise and magic, just sound generic and empty. Much like today's pop music.
The last truly good songs they did were paradise / Charlie brown back in 2011 and even those were a bit too poppy. Traded their core for disposable income.
Going from "Don't Panic" to "A Sky Full of Stars" in fourteen years.V 1 Comment
Rapping with Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj is enough to make him a sellout.
Working with Dido on "stan" was brilliant. But working with Rihanna and Lil' wayne is enough to make anyone a sellout. After curtain call he became worse
It all started with "FACK".
He's not sellout you dumbasses - matthewwilliams2V 5 Comments
In my opinion, she should be #1. She started out a perfectly respectable up in comer in the music and film industry. Now she makes me embarrassed to be In Her age group. She completely abandoned her initial fan base to represent what? White trash and anarchy? It would be one thing if that's who she was when she first made her debut but there was never a glimmer of that person before this "transformation". She says it's because she "grew up". Hah, I won't even dignify that with a response. Sure her controversial demeanor has made her relevant. But at what cost? She's a joke and an embarrassment to my generation. You're not an artist my dear, you're a sellout.
Either she's a good girl pretending to be bad, or a bad girl who faked being good. Either way, she was a role model for me at one point. Now if she's in a magazine, I rip out that page. What happened to her?
There wasn't anything to sell. She grew up doing a tween sitcom on Disney about a herself. All she did was start humping things in her underwear, swear and drink, and scared a lot of parents.V 2 Comments
Who's the dumbass who put him here Smashing Pumpkins are awesome - matthewwilliams2V 1 Comment
I don't think he necessarily sold out because I still really like Foo Fighters but it definitely does sound different than Nirvana. I like both Nirvana and Foo Fighters but I can understand why many Nirvana fans don't like Foo Fighters, because they're two totally different bands with totally different sounds
Why was he on the annoying orange show? Just curious.
I feel like he might of sold out but still trys to keep some form of rock out.
This no talent hack should kiss kurt cobains ass for the rest of his life for making him rich and famous.V 4 Comments
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