1. A band that allowed its beliefs to be compromised for the sake of making money, or as they sometimes say, "distributing their music better."

2. According to many people here, word said out of jealousy for some bands fame. However, these people wouldn't understand of course, because they live in a world where music is made primarily for fortune and fame, whereas others who use the word for the previous (and proper) definition listen to music thats created out of devotion, not to make money.

While yeah money is needed to be able to survive in the world, there are bands out there that don't play on the radio or give MTV permission to sell them (thats the catch.. MTV sells BANDS, not MUSIC), and yet these bands have HEAPS of fans.

I'm not saying selling out is WRONG, but i am saying that i disagree with the idea of selling out and i don't respect sellouts that much.

To all those people who say "Sellout" is used just cuz people are jealous of some bands' success, then all I can say is that i don't blame you for thinking that; it's a concept too complex for your simple brains to handle, so why don't you just go off and watch some MTV, eh? You'll never change.
Previously "Punk" bands like Blink 182, The Ataris, The Offspring and Sum 41 abandoned their DIY beliefs because they wanted more money. Sellouts arent confined to punk music; it infects every music genre. After all, money makes the world go round.
by Anonymous May 12, 2003
Top Definition
One who betrays a cause for personal advancement.

The popular definition of sell out allows it to be used as an insult towards anyone in show business. On the contrary, there are many bands which are considered sellouts which are not.

For instance, Green Day. They are considered sell-outs because they are a punk band who was popular on MTV. Green Day never stated that they would never be on MTV, thus they are not sell-outs in that sense. They never changed their musical style for monetary reasons, thus they are are not sell-outs in the more literal sense of the word. If Fugazi were to sign up with Sony records, they would be selling out because they preach against major labels.
"Man, you are totally a sellout!"
by SpinSpyder June 24, 2003
1. When an artist conforms to the way record labels, managers, etc see them to make money through commercial success and generally not the original fan base.

2. When an artist conforms to the way they believe their fan base see's them.

3. When an artist gets too big for their own good, and believe that they are god(s) and can do anything they want.

4. When an artist changes their play style to make more money

5. An artist which no longer does it for the fans
1. Metallica (90's).

2. The Darkness.

3. Metallica.

4. Metallica.

5. Metallica
by The Mullet March 24, 2004
Anyone who sacrifices artistic integrity in an effort to become more successful or popular (generally in music); someone who forgets their roots.
It's the American dream to be a sellout.
by Sean Piece August 03, 2003
when a band/singer/rapper changes their music/style in order to sell records.
gwen stefani is a 'sell out'.
A vague but derogatory term blindly used by music "fans" to describe bands who make (or have managers who make) a new lucrative and/or artistically experimental decision (for example: accepting a product endorsement, a change in the band's expected composition style, switching to a larger record label, dressing with more class, speaking out against mass mp3 piracy, etc.) The word is sometimes also applied to bands who simply get more commercial success through no additional effort.

The anger comes from the false belief that fans "own" their favorite entertainers, that these entertainers are thus not real humans with free will, and the feeling of grief when some CD that the listener previously enjoyed alone is now enjoyed by millions of more people.

(Note that "sellout" ONLY applies to those who make a living in the fine arts. For example, a software engineer who accepts a job promotion and higher salary is never branded as a "sellout". Nor is a professional athlete who appears on a box of Wheaties.)
Actual quotes from an old friend:

(1993) "Damnit, Smashing Pumpkins is such an underrated band. They never get played on the radio!"
(1994) "Damnit, Smashing Pumpkins are always on Mtv and the radio now! They're such sellouts."
by Bill M. July 28, 2004
A word that would be useful if stupid poseurs didn't use it all the time.
Proper usage:
That band alienated their fan base and changed their style according to what the record company wants, that means they're sellouts.

Improper usage:
by 404 July 14, 2004
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