Selling out is a strange concept. By our very nature, we as humans are designed to want to succeed at things. If we didn’t, we’d all just sit around on the couch all day eating Doritos and watching Loose Women. Some of us do that anyways.
But in music, there is a very fine line when it comes to success. On the one hand, as an artist you want to be able to make enough money to pursue the venture as a full-time career, while also building a legacy that ensures you are remembered beyond the confines of your allotted 15 minutes of fame.
On the other, the last thing you want to do is alienate the fans who helped you achieve any reputation you might have built up by changing your output or principles too drastically. It’s kind of like that scene at the end of The Incredibles where they finally let Dash compete in his school sports day - win the race, but don’t win it by too much.
If you do, you risk being slapped with a label so stigmatic that it’s harder to shift than a three day hangover: sell out.
With that in mind, here are 10 artists who have destroyed their street cred by auctioning off their creative souls to the devils of commercialism...