Society has been confused of what actual selling out means for a long time. Changing your style in order to be succesful isn't selling out, its smart and intelligent, but society labelled this action as selling out. Metallica has been doig their same stuff for over 20 years, they decided to (in order to achieve success and try something new" ditch the fast complicated solos and adapt to the current music scene while trying something thats new to them, which in their mind is progress, and in turn accomplish success. People automatically labeled them as sellouts because they changed their style based on what the public wants in order to make money, thats not what happened, but 99% of the public knows nothing about the music industry or what its like to write music or be succesful. Every band wants to achieve success, thats the point, have fun and be succesful. In their day and age Metallica could care less about the money they would make considering they already are swimming in it, ask the casual fan the quesion of if not for money then why they would do this and he will be puzzled.
Lets look at Sum 41, after their first CD they switched up the style to a more alternative , less punkish sort of music. Result? Labelled as sellouts. All they did was progress their music into a diffrent stage, did something new, and were succesful with it, not sellouts.
Actual selling out happens quite rarely , when a band is forced by the manager to play music they typically don't like or even hate for the sole purpose of gaining money. Success does = money, but the intent is diffrent, money comes with success, thats just how it is.
You can take this comment anyway you like, but the fact is this is how it is. Selling Out is usually a term used as an excuse by low quality bands who can't "make it" or be succesful so they sit in their basements and pound their chest saying "we're not selling out and thats why we're not bieng called by producers or agents booking shows". No, its because you suck, not because you aren't selling out, and if you truly DO believe that then go ahead and make 1 song that "sells out" your style and see if it makes the charts, if it does then you can talk. Its like all those people who say Blink 182 is the worst band in the world, I tend to just roll my eyes at those people and move along because they obviously don't know what or how the music world is or works....but thats a diffrent conversation...
Sean Tracey has my apologies, we all know Ozzie Guillen is an idiot. I'm rooting for you!