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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
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a muscian who is makes music to only:
1.make money
2.makes music to fit "the crowd" in order to make money
3.only wants the fame and glory of being a so-called "celebrity"
by Anonymous October 23, 2003
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A band who changes their music to include more poppy parts, to gain popularity. Often confused with "getting famous", "getting better sound" and "writing less heavy music".
Prime example - lostprophets (re-releasing an album that was only 2 years old, to make it more 'accessible')

Bad examples: blink 182 (just got a better sound) incubus (got old and wrote more chilled music) and tool (just became popular without changing anything)
by robbie September 13, 2003
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by Anonymous July 18, 2003
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"Selling out is compromising your musical intentions and we don't know how to do that."-Mike Dirnt of Green Day. I couldn't have said it better myself, beings as it's hard to define a sellout.
Selling out is kind of irrelevant because if you start out in music not wanting to sell out, people are still going to like you. And when 10,000 people come to indie label shows it gets crowded. So go ahead with the major label if you need room to grow, just don't sell your soul or mangle your music to do it. A 'sellout' probably doesn't give a shit whether you like them or not.
by idealist86 September 16, 2005
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some one who changes for money
if my band became famous and then people started likeing other music so we started playing that even though we dont like that kind of music just for more money
by josh September 04, 2003
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Not just someone who sells out their music.....also can be used when friends backstab you, or ignore their own self imposed belief system of morals and ethics and do something that they never ever said they would.
'But he said wouldn't'
'Yeah well he's a fucking sellout'
by Johhny Rogers December 06, 2003
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