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Anyone who sacrifices artistic integrity in an effort to become more successful or popular (generally in music); someone who forgets their roots.
by Sean Piece August 03, 2003
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A human being who abandons their convictions to impress people and or become more popular.
Kelli got drunk just so her friends would think she was cool, what a sell-out.
by Hugh G. Wection November 13, 2004
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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.
by SpinSpyder June 24, 2003
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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
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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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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?"
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In the words of zefrank, a sellout "doesn't have to do with actually having money, it has to do with the perception that your pursuit of popularity and potentially making money has caused you to sacrifice your core values."
zefrank1: Shit what can I do?
zefrank2: Well you could pretend nothing was happening.
zefrank1:OK I'll do that!
zefrank2: Well you just screwed that up.
zefrank1:Oh yeah. Crap.
zefrank2: It's too late now but you could have started out with a transparent agenda to become rich, then if it happened they'd call you a genius, not a sellout.
zefrank1: Dammit! Well why don't I take a poll and see what the community wants me to do?
zefrank2: That's called pandering to the audience, that's even worse than selling out.
by mibluvr13 July 05, 2006
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