Top 10 Celebrities Who Became Sellouts

Some celebrities did certain things they were well known for & eventually sold out their roots for reasons. Both music artists & other types of celebrities.
The Top Ten
1 Jay Z Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name JAY-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and investor born on December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for his albums Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, and The Black Album. He is considered to be one of the best rappers of ...read more.

He was among the greatest rappers in history until 1999, where he convicted assault toward Lance Un Rivera at the Kit Kat Klub at Times Square New York (which eventually went out of business & was a release party for Q-Tip’s album Amplified) & by stabbing her in the stomach, which led to him getting arrested. Eventually he was released with a $50K bail. When he was indicted in Manhattan Criminal Court in late January 2000, he pleaded not guilty, therefore he & his lawyers contended that they had witnesses & videos proving he was nowhere near Rivera during the incident. Nevertheless, he later pleaded guilty to 3rd-degree assault & accepted a 3-year probation sentence. Since then his music career fell downhill & he lost his status as being on the top list of the greatest rappers & singers of all time.

2 Nicki Minaj Onika Tanya Maraj, known professionally as Nicki Minaj (born December 8, 1982) is a Trinidadian/American rapper / pop music artist. Minaj is most known for her songs such as "Anaconda", "Super Bass", "Starships" and her feature on "Bang Bang". ...read more.

Formerly known as the queen of hip-hop/rap (until Iggy Azalea thanks to her song Fancy ft. Charli XCX), yet she released good songs back then such as Super Bass, Starships, Pound the Alarm, Turn Me Up, Voom Voom, but then with the release of her album Pink Friday, she released her “song” Stupid H, which was a huge decline in quality. Her later album Pinkprint took a spin for the worst, where she released Anaconda & her whole career went downhill toward rock bottom. She was criticized for her song & every song since then was complete garbage. She hasn’t made any more classic songs after those days.

3 Kanye West Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.

He was somewhat of a problem back in the days, but with album releases like Yeezus (an mock toward Jesus), he acted more narcissistic, yet racist towards Africans. Yet nowadays he’s more in for money & sales than anything else. He even set up outdoor fashion shows for black models with black uniforms in 90+ degree weather for 3 hours, which's harm as that causes heat exhaustion & heatstroke (which's dangerous) & slavery toward models. Yet he no longer cares about fans or stuff & wants the money instead of support.

I was more talking about the decline in the quality of his music.

Kanye to me seems to have a far more obvious decline in quality than Jay Z or Nicki Minaj.

4 Wiz Khalifa Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. He was born on September 8, 1987.
5 Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Hemsworth (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), known as Miley Cyrus, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. Her voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and has 4 octaves. She became a teen idol starring as the ...read more.

Once known to be a good role model for kids during Hannah Montana, took a turn for her worst after she ended it. She eventually released her song Wrecking Ball & while that sounded like her best realistic song, the music video on YouTube took the wrong approach. She rode a wrecking ball naked & made everyone rethink not only the song, but her in general. Yet she recently twerked onstage with a Canadian flag (which led to getting arrested). Plus she smoked marijuana & took drugs over the recent years (which led to serious vocal cord damage that required surgery that prevented her from talking for a month+). Apparently though with the surgery & the release of her 2020 single Midnight Sky, she learned her lesson.

6 Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. ...read more.

I know she’s not necessarily always bad (yet she still makes excellent songs), but she was once known for doing country pop & her early songs were golden, but in 2014, she debuted her album 1989 (with her big single Shake It Off), which was the end of her country pop career & she moved onto mainstream pop with the release of Reputation (where she started doing diss tracks like Look What You Made Me Do, Ready for it, etc) & she never did country again. Her latest album Folklore was historic & her most peaceful yet (plus the only album to debut #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 & 200 within the same week) but she isn’t country anymore.

7 Kylie Jenner Kylie Kristen Jenner is an American reality television personality, model, entrepreneur, socialite, and social media personality.

Once known for being the queen of Snapchat, she eventually retired in 2018 after its mighty downgrade & eventually in 2020 she was discovered not to be a billionaire after all (therefore putting Mark Zuckerberg back in spot of the world’s youngest billionaire).

8 Anthony Padilla

Once known for being the founder of Smosh, he left Smosh (which had over 24M subscribers at the time) & moved onto a smaller channel which has just ~4.88M subscribers & is unoriginal. He really sold his fame.

9 Zoe Sugg Zoe Elizabeth Sugg is an English YouTuber, vlogger, businesswoman and author. She is also known by her YouTube username, Zoella.

Known for her channel Zoella, she got over 11.6M subscribers (becoming the most famous beauty guru in the U.K.), but then with she scammed her fans, therefore losing some subscribers & later on she left without notice & quit her main channel. Her current channel Zoe Sugg has only ~4.8M subscribers & is nothing like Zoella. She really let go of her fame & history.

10 Lucas Cruikshank Lucas Alan Cruikshank is an American actor and YouTube personality who created the character Fred Figglehorn and the associated Fred series for his channel on the video-sharing website YouTube in late 2005. These videos are centered on Fred Figglehorn, a fictional six-year-old who has a dysfunctional ...read more.

Known for doing the Fred character (Fred Figglehorn), he played Fred on his original channels (which made him the 1st YouTuber to get 1M subscribers & over) from October 30th 2006 to August 28th, 2014, where he grew out of it before turning 21 & selling the Fred channel to kids. Nowadays the Fred channel’s been inactive from everyone from 2016 to this day.

The Contenders
11 Debby Ryan Deborah Ann "Debby" Ryan is an American actress, director, and singer. Ryan is known for starring as Jessie Prescott in the Disney Channel Original Series Jessie and as Bailey Pickett in Disney Channel's The Suite Life on Deck.

Known for playing on Jessie. She was a decent star & then after it ended, she moved onto being a part of Radio Rebel with some upbeat pop songs. Then at 1 point she was arrested (though later bailed) & she just fell from relevance.

12 Phil Lester

Just like Dan Howell, he was big & had a unique name (PhilIsNotOnFire) but ended that name after 8 years & went on indefinite hiatus from gaming roots.

13 Hannah Stocking

She originally started her YouTube channel in 2013 but didn’t make content until 2017 & she grew up to ~7.66M subscribers & she was known for making comedy skits that were original & very well detailed, making her unique & different from the other YouTubers we have now. She was known to be friends with Lele Pons as well. Eventually after mid-2020 she revealed she (who’s 28) dated Ondreaz Lopez (who’s only 23 & has a history of racial & sexually abusive behavior) & became a weekly vlogger. Everything changed. She sold her regular comedy roots to Ondreaz, all too quickly. Yet remember that Tesla announcement video? She deleted it later & it turned out she made that to use her followers for money. What examples of selling out. Yet her loss of subscribers she’s going though is another result of her selling out. She currently has ~7.65M subscribers.

14 Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American singer and actress who was born in McComb, Mississippi, and grew up in Kentwood, Louisiana. She performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows like "The Mickey Mouse Club" as a child before signing with Jive Records in 1997 ...read more.

She used to be great when she debuted until the next couple years where she lost her temper over the stress of fame & committed horrible decisions. It’s sad how people are put under too much pressure for certain things & her music wasn’t how she wanted it to be. Her producers forced her to autotune her with her “sexy baby voice” & it wasn’t the style of music she dreamed of. Good thing she’s still active & redeemed but her sellout phase in the late 2000’s will never be forgotten.

15 Paulina Rubio
16 Snoop Dogg Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr., (born October 20, 1971) known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, actor, record producer, and television personality from Long Beach, California.

He used to be a great rapper (yet his collaboration with Katy Perry in California Gurls was unforgettable), but then in the early 2010’s he went downhill from his golden days (even during his collaboration with the former band Big Time Rush) & has been making sexually explicit songs along with songs about smoking & drugs. He isn’t even making big sales nowadays, so now most people don’t even know him anymore.

17 Katy Perry Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, professionally known by her stage name Katy Perry, was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. She is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF. ...read more.

She was originally a Christian artist, but then she moved onto mainstream pop music in 2009. In 2017 however, her music took a dark path on the roads. She started making her songs more sexually explicit & vulgar (like Peacock, Bon Appetit, your So Gay, etc) & basically switched places with the dark form of Miley Cyrus. Fortunately she redeemed with good songs & is back in the light (though she’s still mainstream).

18 Jason Derulo Jason Joel Desrouleaux, better known by his stage name Jason Derulo (an alternate spelling of his surname), is an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. He is best known for his singles such as "Whatcha Say", "Ridin' Solo", "In My Head", "What If", "Wiggle", "Talk Dirty", "Trumpets" and "Want To Want ...read more.
19 Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

He was among the most innocent rappers back then until towards the 2010’s & then he started making music with more explicit lyrics. Yet some of his songs & albums took him toward a decline & he really declined after his collaboration with Drake (who also declined). Now lately he’s become the fastest rapper of all time in his song Godzilla (in which the monologue describes what he is nowadays).

20 Bella Thorne Annabella Avery "Bella" Thorne is an American actress, writer, model and singer, released EP "Jersey" in 2014. Best known for "Shake It Up!" 2010-2013. Has starred in "Blended", "The Frog Kingdom", "The Duff", "Big Sky", "Ratchet & Clank", "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" ...read more.

She used to be good on Shake It Up, but then later on her music turn a downward spiral. She started following Miley Cyrus’s path & made explicit songs, yet became a stripper & did sexual photoshoots. Plus she isn’t very relevant from fame anymore.

21 Miranda Cosgrove Miranda Taylor Cosgrove is an American actress, singer and songwriter. Her career began at the age of three, when she appeared in television commercials. Cosgrove's film debut came in 2003, when she appeared as Summer Hathaway in School of Rock. She appeared in a number of minor television roles over ...read more.

She became famous for playing Megan Parker on Drake & Josh & even more so as Carly Shay from iCarly (both on Nickelodeon). Drake & Josh ran over 3 years while iCarly ran over 5.25 years with 6 seasons & 97 episodes (too bad it didn't air 100 episodes despite having 100 episodes produced). It was the longest running live action sitcom on Nickelodeon unfortunately until Henry Danger (which had a whopping 121 episodes) which wasn't nearly as good. She decided to end the show to move to acting college for future roles, but her path after that didn't turn out well. It turned out she didn't make entirely though & is now someone we used to know.

22 Dan Howell

He was big along with Phil Lester & known for gaming until 2019 & he changed his name from DanIsNotOnFire to regular Dan Howell. He & Phil eventually left their gaming channel later that year. They sold out of their gaming roots.

23 Justin Bieber Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada and is Christian. He is the son of author Pattie Mallette. ...read more.

He was an artist who not only made pop songs, but EDM (electronic dance music) from 2010 to 2012. However his fame eventually took him toward a downward spiral & he made poor decisions including flipping off passengers during a flight to 1 of his concerts, performing DUI at a drag race (leading to his 1st arrest), kicking a cast member dressed up as Mickey Mouse at Disneyland in the private area (getting him banned from Disney property for life), showing his private area at a Mexican temple (leading to his 2nd arrest) & even punching a fan in the face. Yet even his music turned downhill with no quality or purpose other than to cause shock value with drama over boyfriend relationships & promote sales for money. He became greedy & narcissistic. Thankfully with the release of Sorry (his most popular song now) in 2019. he redeemed, but his music is nothing but trap beats & dark lyrics (no offense Beliebers).

24 Lindsay Lohan Lindsay Dee Lohan is an American actress. She is also a model, singer, songwriter, director, and producer.

Known for playing the twin sisters on the Parent Trap as a child & Freaky Friday as a teen & once a Disney Channel star. She also stood bright as a pop musician & shined in the light. But eventually fame got to her & she went through hard times including facing paparazzi & eventually she couldn't take it anymore, so she eventually made poor decisions even leading to getting arrested. She was once bailed out but the years later she committed another crime leading to another arrest & continued to mess up even more by drawing an offensive image on her finger & flipping off in court, pleading her guilty. Eventually after a settlement & getting bailed, she redeemed for good & eventually returned to music with her song Back To You in 2020. But since then she left the spotlight for good & we never saw/heard from her again to this day.

25 Amanda Bynes Amanda Laura Bynes is an American former actress. After appearing in commercials and in plays, Bynes rose to prominence as a child star in the late 1990s and early 2000s, first on the Nickelodeon series All That from 1996 to 2000, and then on her own show, The Amanda Show (1999-2002), becoming a teen ...read more.

She was known for making her own she The Amanda Show on Nickelodeon, a follow up of All That. Eventually fame took the best of her & messed her up. She was caught arrested for crimes. She sold her fame.

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