I've seen a lot of definitions so far that arent really correct. But quit a few of them are right on point. A sell out is a person or person(s) that change to become more successful . It can also mean to conform to suit someone else.

An unpoppular band that someone likes may call that band a sell out when everyone starts liking them. Often it is these people who sold out when they became popular.

People also concider people such as bands, actors, actresses, and other icons ETC sellouts when they become very successful and popular. It seems the only way people can avoid selling out is to not become successful and unloved by people.

People who call others sellouts never think that these people who are accused of selling out to make money came it said business' to become successful in the first place.

The people who often concider people to be sellouts are often jealous assholes who want what they have.

See jealousy
The black eyes peas were concidered sell outs after changing one of their songs from "Lets Get Retarted" to "Lets get it Started" to fit the wants of their record lable and whinney bitches who felt offended.
by Zach cowan October 02, 2006
the truth is..... all your definitions are wrong... you have to realize the difference between capitalism and selling out... selling out would be a punk band who says " fuck the man" then in 5 years goes and works for " the man" that is selling out.... 50 cent coming from the hood to making clothes and drinks and films with gunit in it is capitalism... that is making money by any which way you want and not having any limits. so you take advantage of that privliage and make your mother fucking money ....

get your mother fucking cake up and stop hating on people who are gettin thier cake up.... and by the way green day sucks period they have bad music regaurdless.
green day is horrible. blink 182 is horrible. any commerical"punk" is horrible. emo is horrible .. kill yourselfs

metallica didnt sell out... they just suck now
by diddypop diddy March 01, 2006
A word used by stuck up teenagers who think that if music is popular and the album gets into the top 10 then the band are automatically are rubbish and are terrible.
One of the most 'sellout' bands of our time is Green Day. I am a Green Day fan and I will freely admit that but I have friends who in 2000 liked Green Day but since American Idiot claim 'Green Day are shit! They are such sellouts!' And these people haven't even heard of Kerplunk. I don't think that any band has sold out. Every band sets out to make music and to hopefully be famous. Everyone wants a limo. Everyone wants £1m record contract.
Being rich doesn't mean you make rubbish music. It doesn't mean you don't care anymore. It just means you are rich and have a lot of fans.

And Good Charlotte? MTV from the start in my opinion.
(Silly person) Omg I love this band! I'll always love Green Day!
(Silly person 3 or 4 years down the line) I hate this band! They have never made a good song in their lives. I always hated them! Green Day are such sellouts.
by jazzpup March 01, 2005
Changing your style of music to earn more money.
But then again, there are also idiots label bands as sellouts when they become popular because they are good (i.e KoRn, System of a Down). Just because they become recocnized for their talent, DOES NOT MEAN THEY ARE SELLOUTS!!
by Luka May 01, 2004
Someone who changes their musical style/goes to a bigger record label to make more money. People just say sellout so they can look hardcore
though. Because let's look at blink-182, they changed their style, but they've been on the same label. Did they sellout ? Who knows ? Maybe they just wanted to change their style from the old less-mature stuff.
People say Greenday sold out with their CD, "Dookie" from changing labels, but they didn't change their style.
by Whoson July 14, 2004
A term used to describe individuals (usually an ethnic minority) who reject their native cultures and aggressively embrace a dominant culture so they can get delusional notions of "fitting in" or feeling superior

The term has significantly lost some of its meaning because of how Asian men and black women abusively label their respective partners as "sellouts" for dating white people
Asian Guy 1: Carla is the biggest sellout ever; she's going out with a white guy!

Asian Guy 2: Oh yeah? So she also hates her Chinese culture? Refuses to date Chinese men? Belittles Chinese people?

Asian Guy 1: Um no, she's cool about being Chinese but she goes out with white guys

Asian Guy 2: That's not being a sellout; maybe if she did all of the ff. then she would be one
by iluvemp04 February 19, 2009
1. In the eyes the very newest members of any band's fanbase: any band after any album they release; that same band once they work hard and earn the respect of a large-scale audience by giving the world music various types of people can enjoy. "HOW DARE THEY BE SUCCESSFUL? THE SELFISHNESS OF IT ALL! I WANT THEM TO BE BANKRUPT AND MISERABLE AND COMPLETELY UNKNOWN, THAT WAY I CAN RECOMMEND THEM TO PEOPLE WHO TELL ME 'Nah, I'll pass.' !"

2. A nonsensical term slung about by high school students to describe bands they have no true interest in (only their t-shirts) after the band released an album said fans were not even born early enough to experience. see also: False aging/wisdom/experience in a teenaged body

3. A band that truly is only in the music industry for the money see also: Metallica/Slayer/Tool/Avenged Sevenfold

4. A fan who is truly only in a fanbase for the sheer trendiness.
STEVE: "My kid brother's really into Metallica."
GREG: "Really? That sounds rich! Hey Alex, what did you think of Death Magnetic?"
ALEX: "Oh my fucking God, don't even get me started on that bunch of sell out nerds with a clear opera fetish! Trust me man, I was at their very first show back in nineteen-eighty-whatever and take my word for it: they haven't made a good album since Ride the Lightning, which was WAY better on vinyl, by the way!"
GREG: "Um, Alex, you were born in 1996. Records are obsolete and no one even makes record players anymore."
ALEX: "What's you point, faggot?"
by Zalgo the Destroyer October 22, 2010

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