Why do musicians sell out?

What is “selling out?” In its purest form, it’s compromising your values, principles, and art in exchange for money. But the whole concept is a very grey area. This video helps explain what’s happening when your favourite artist enters that murky territory.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Why do musicians sell out?

  • September 18, 2019 at 8:49 am

    This video tries to make it seem like “selling out” is a new thing. Fans have been complaining about artists selling out since before there was streaming – since before there were CDs – since before Edison played around with wax cylinders.

  • September 18, 2019 at 9:03 am

    As someone who works in the music industry, I can say for certain that there are some factual inaccuracies here.

    Take it with a grain of salt.


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