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
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
when a person (most oftenly a musical artist) comprimises their beliefs to further their success and make loads of money. However, this is not to be confused with when a band that you liked, that was perviously not popular, becomes popular.
britney spears sold out when she decided to take off all of her clothes in order to see more albums.
by Rachel December 10, 2003
When Metallica bitched about their fans trading their music online because they weren't getting paid, they became sell outs.
by dammit janet July 01, 2003
"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
1. A band that changes it's style for stupid teenybopper girls and getting more money, even though they already have tons of it.

2. A word used by teenaged wannabe goths/punks to sound hardcore. Those people usually come up with bullshit reasons like "WE DON'T WANT TO CONFORM TO SOCIETY" and say "THEY BECAME POPULAR AND STARTED TO SUCK".
1. Good Charlotte, Maroon 5, Blink 182.

by Blahb February 18, 2005
He sold out his fans just so he'd make more money. Now all he talks about is women, sex, head, and ass.
Guy 1: Candyshop...What a sellout?
Guy 2: Now he's a wanksta.
by Footpaul January 13, 2006
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