Die-hard fans have trouble coping when their favorite music artist jumps genres. However, considering that music evolves, it makes sense that these artists would want to grow and try something new. This guide counts down 12 artists who switched genres mid-career.
If you are wondering who Trent Reznor is, he is the lead vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist for Nine Inch Nails, an industrial rock band. He switched to film composing to make movie soundtracks and “has now composed multiple Oscar-winning movie scores.”
“He is practically his own genre at this point,” states a fan.
“Beastie Boys started out as a hardcore punk band,” notes a poster. They would later transition from punk to rap in 1985, releasing their debut album in 1986.
“After decades of having one foot in hip hop and one foot in rock, they changed course a third time to release the Mix Up, an entire album of NYC funk/jazz with no vocals. It ended up winning them a Grammy for Instrumental Album of the Year,” adds another poster.
Talk of multiple genre jumps, and you won’t miss the band Chumbawamba. “They started as a straight-up anarcho-punk band,” but they also made “folk albums, pop one with Central America sort of flair,” and “a cappella protest songs.”
Some people have no idea Katy Perry started as a “Christian rock artist under her real name Katy Hudson.” But when she changed genres to pop and her debut single shot her to fame, she’s never looked back.
“Gwen Stefani went from punk rock ska chick to pop country Barbie doll,” reads a post. If you are wondering, Ska music blends Jamaican and Caribbean rhythms, brass instruments, and some punk rock.
Gwen also has two hit country singles, although she has expressed having no business in the genre.
Pink was a member of an R&B girl group, Choice, during her teens. “I was a teen when she hit the scene, so I naturally gravitated towards her music,” writes a fan. However, she made a genre swap and turned to pop as she felt more authentic as a pop artist.
Pantera was a glam metal band that was successful in the 80s, partly thanks to Dimebag Darell’s songwriting and guitar playing. Years later, Phil Ansemo joined the band as the vocalist, and the group evolved into heavy metal.
This American DJ and music producer made waves showcasing dubstep music, only to hit a notch higher when he transitioned to Electronic Dance Music (EDM).
“MGK got pushed out of rap by Eminem; he does emo rock now,” explains a commentator. “And he’s so much better for it, music-wise at least,” adds another.
Goo Goo Dolls
“Goo Goo Dolls used to be a punk band,” points out a commentator. “They changed from punk rock band to an alternative rock/pop and post-grunge band,” adds another.”
Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas were originally an “alternative hip hop group” before Fergie, then evolved into an “all pop-rap” to become more marketable.
One user writes, “They are the hip hop for people who don’t like hip hop, rock for people who don’t like rock, and rap for people who don’t like rap.”
Taylor Swift jumped from country to pop music, and “she has been doing a pretty good transitioning her genres and managing her music.”
However, some listeners feel “Taylor Swift’s country was always pop.”
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