Biggest Sellouts of the History of Music

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21 Justin Bieber Justin Bieber Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, song writer, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada (despite once claiming he was Part-Indian) and he is Christian . He is the son of an author, Pattie Mallet . ...read more.

So surprised he wasn't on here - VideoGamefan5

22 Billy Corgan Billy Corgan William Patrick "Billy" Corgan Jr. is an American musician, songwriter, producer, television writer, poet, and professional wrestling promoter best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins.

Who's the dumbass who put him here Smashing Pumpkins are awesome - matthewwilliams2

Saw this one coming.

23 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Cyrus is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Miley Cyrus's voice is contralto. She became a teen idol starring as the character Miley Stewart in the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana in 2006. Her father Billy Ray Cyrus also starred in the show.

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.

Devil worshiper

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24 Jay-Z Jay-Z Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name JAY Z, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and investor. He is best known for his album Reasonable Doubt.

This piece of garbage always raps about one thing--himself. How interesting.

Devil worshiper

Why do Jay-Z and Dr. Dre look the same? - SirSkeletorThe3rd

25 Staind Staind Staind was a heavy metal band formed in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1995. ...read more.
26 Paul McCartney Paul McCartney Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .

Worked with Kanye of all people. I can't respect him anymore.

He worked with Rihanna and kanye. Nough said

"Yep. Sell-out."

PAUL MCCARTNEY SUCKSS - matthewwilliams2

27 Katy Perry Katy Perry Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (Katy Perry) was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. Katy Perry is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF. ...read more.

Started way before dark horse.

28 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums, and their biggest hits are Symphony of Destruction, Holy ...read more.

With the album Risk they sold out more than Metallica with the Black album. At least Metallica didn't use disco beats - Metal_Treasure

29 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst.

I'm officially done with Three Days Grace.

What the heck happened to you guys? You guys were so awesome! Then Adam Gontier left and got replaced with Matt Walst (the same guy who sang Porgy Star Dancing).

I agree, I like to remember the good, old TDG than the crap they've become.

TDG is literally the definition of sellouts. By the time of Transit Of Venus, all they cared about was writing hits for the radio and that's part of why Adam left. So now with Matt, TDG just rips off their old hits because they know it'll make them money.

30 Genesis Genesis Genesis 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.

Genesis should definitely top this list. Went from being an amazing progrock band in the 70's to a lucrative catchy pop band. I don't blame Phil Collins. Both he, Peter Gabriel and the rest of the band sold eventually, and I don't mind some of their pop tracks. They just used to be so much better...

"Supper's Ready" is my favorite song of all time. "That's All" is my least favorite song. Definitely sold out after Gabriel left, probably because he was the driving force in their creativity.

You are spot on my friend... Gabriel also went along for the cash ride too. Hey it was the 80's...

How is Genesis not on this list!? There first 5 albums (or 6 if you count From Genesis to Revelation [The band considers Trespass to be the first Genesis album, so I do as well]) are some of the most interesting and unique rock music there is! It almost gives you a fantastical feeling listening to it. No one in rock music has seemed to recreate or sound like early Genesis in anyway (Although Marillion came close). But once Peter Gabriel quit and Phil Collins took over the vocal duties, there music became bland quick. Then in the 80's the stopped making progressive rock music and made generic pop music that are 90% cheesy love songs. It does not even sound like the same band!

31 Pharrell Williams Pharrell Williams Pharrell Lanscilo Williams is an American singer, rapper, and record producer. Williams and Chad Hugo make up the record production duo the Neptunes, producing soul, hip hop and R&B music.

Happy and Blurred Lines are some of the weakest excuses for selling out ever.

32 David Guetta David Guetta

He went from classy trash to just trash - jordanlyon

33 Dave Grohl Dave Grohl David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known as the drummer for the grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters.

I am surprised he is even on here. I'm pretty sure it's cause he didn't bring the Nirvana sound to Foo Fighters. News flash people; two completely different people. If he was the singer for Nirvana then maybe I'd expect him to keep the same vibe like how Maynard did with Tool and Perfect Circle, but he isn't Kurt and he doesn't have to bring that sound to his band.

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

Dave has put out so many great songs some albums may only have 2 or 3 great songs on them but the first 3 Foo albums are amazing. Dave and the rest of the Foo's are one of the best bands in the last 25 years.

He didn't sell out, he started the Foo Fighters. - The01Bro

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34 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

How were Nirvana sellouts? Cobain himself said that he didn't like Nevermind and released Utero, which was, like, 0% sellout.

There's no way in check that they sold out. If anything Dave Grohl sold out. He makes pop crap rock music. He even said every song he writes he tries to make a hit and hits are all about a poppy chorus. In utero was even less mainstream then Nevermind.

Nirvana wasn't selling out, they got a ton of sales, but Kurt didn't want to be famous and known by the world, he just wanted to make music. He was doing the opposite of selling out.

Bleach, Then Nevermind.

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35 In Flames In Flames In Flames is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 1990. ...read more.

After their masterful debut, Lunar Strain, and EP, Subterranean, In Flames released The Jester Race. While it was good, it was nowhere near the level that the last two releases were at. They continued to simplify and streamline their sound until they decided to drop Melo-Death all together and just become a bro metal band.

How did in flames ever sell out? They changed their musical style to survive in a changing scene. Reroute to remain is just as good an album as colony or whoracle. Granted they released some trash after reroute, but Battles(their latest album) makes up for those garbage releases.

36 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

Here's the truth: They started off as leather jacket-wearing dudes who played German titty bars and chomped on chicken between songs. Then they were asked to overhaul themselves entirely and BOOM, the band that changed the face of the world.

The Beatles aren't sellouts, Paul McCartney is.

37 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more. V 1 Comment
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39 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

How the hell is he even on this stupid list? - IIBK

40 Pete Townshend Pete Townshend Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Who .

He is NOT a sellout! That's ridiculous! Here's one of the only true rock and rollers or there that's left!

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