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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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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when a band/singer/rapper changes their music/style in order to sell records.
gwen stefani is a 'sell out'.
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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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1 - a certain even that sells all its tickets in a relatively quick period of time

2 - More commonly used to describe a person or music group (especially a metal or punk band) that quickly becomes popular and suddenly its original fan base turns away from them as the band has found a new niche market wordteenyboppers/word
1 - Tickets to the all blacks game sold out by noon

2 - Evanescene are now sell-outs. they now suck
by Brother Number One November 01, 2003
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v. 1. The greatest atrocity of our generation.

2. The favorite activity of 99.9% of the modern no-talent rock/pop stars.

3. The fastest known way to become a soulless, worthless piece of shit.
"All you know about me is what I sold you, dumb fuck. I sold out long before you ever even heard my name."
by cynical asshole June 19, 2003
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I don't think I agree with this general definition here. When I think "sell out", I don't think of someone who blew up out of popularity. Most of the time, they have no choice over that, so its not fair to them and it makes the labeler look like a hater. Plus, what if that was their goal right from the beginning? You're basically chastising them for having hopes and dreams.

When I think of a sell out, I think of someone who vehemently spoke out against something or people who did something but later turns around and does the same thing. That is also a hypocrite.

There's nothing wrong with wanting do really well for yourselves. Like I said before some of these people had no choice and if you care for the actor, band, etc. you would be glad their talent got them where they are. I mean, we all have dreams, and we all gotta eat and fend for ourselves. If you have a talent, by all means flaunt it.

And trust me, I know how bad it feels when stupid people get a hold of your favorite band, but again that's not the band's fault and there will ALWAYS be a stupid bunch a group, period. No other way around it.

But when people actually talk about how stupid someone is, or how wrong one profession is, then later decides that they want to be in that profession or be that person's friend, that's when I have a problem. That's not attractive, at all. That's trifling, wishy washy, and fake.
Sally: What is that what Jack is wearing?

Jan: Oh, those are his new Prada loafers, don't they look nice?

Sally: That fucking sell out, he was just telling me a few months ago how he hated designer labels because the methods they used to make their products.

Sally: Wow, what a dick.
by maddywoo December 22, 2010
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