Katy Perry Used To Be A Gospel Singer? 10 Artists Who Completely Changed Their Look And Sound

April 15, 2014 ‐ By

Whether they were changing their sound to get put on, or they were changing their sound to do the music they actually wanted to (and not what the record company wanted), change is inevitable from artists in the music industry. However, the 10 different musicians on this list made some major, if not drastic, changes to their sound and their image. For the most part, it all worked out in their favor–even if it left fans confused as hell.

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When Can’t Take Me Home dropped in 2000, P!nk was a hybrid of pop and R&B–more of the latter. That probably had a lot to do with the fact that most of the songs on her first album were written by or with the help of black folks: Babyface, Kandi Burruss, Tricky Stewart, etc. But by the time her second album, Missundaztood, came out a year later, P!nk was more on the pop and rock side, and she never looked back.

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  • Jay

    Most of these people didn’t change for the better, especially Maroon 5. Their newer music sucks eggs.

  • Lola

    Not for nothing, but Lionel Ritchie wrote “Lady”, a COUNTRY song for Kenny Rogers. So really, he didn’t change. He’s a musician and songwriters and both usually get into different genres. Implying he is a “sellout” because he sang country (FYI, so did Ray Charles) is show you know nothing of his career.

  • Portra777

    If I was an alien, I would study us too before landing on this crazy rock!

  • Amy O’Deaghaidh

    …and how did Sonny Moore (aka Skrillex) not make the list?

  • Nasser MJ

    It all comes down to self respect (!)

  • One better

    Has anyone seen how much Pantera changed in the late 80’s to the early 90’s? Their change was much more drastic than any of these 10.

  • MT

    What about Darius Rucker?

  • blaq

    every singer or artist have used black music to come up.

  • tomas cruiser

    the one guy in maroon 5 turned black. wow that is really changing your look

  • james4usa

    Gays and Black women rule. I guess that makes me an observant. Who pays for their unhealthy care?

  • John Jay

    I can’t believe those lard asses would go to Walmart or anywhere else looking like they do.

  • man

    in the truck off competition, the guy Austin with extreme offroad rips you off. there business rips you off and won’t stand behind there work and warrant out stuff… PLEASE don’t buy your truck gear from EXTREME OFFROAD in Katy on Mason Road…

  • Mason

    Anyone else notice that the guy from Maroon 5 turned black?

  • Terri Berri

    I still love Pink. I USED to love Trey Songs, but he has gotten so arrogant that he might as well date himself. He doesn’t make love to the camera; he makes love to himself in the mirror -_-

  • Shakira Jihann Harris

    Pink, Nelly Furtado and Maroon 5. My favorites! 🙂 And I have a crush on Adam Levine lol

  • Chanda

    Poor Whitney. I’m old enough to remember when black people use to clown on her for being “too white” when she was probably more hood then they were. She was only selling what we where buying. Can’t start out hood. People even expected her to marry a white man instead of Bobby Brown.
    As Paul Mooney would say; white people stole Lionel Richie from us. They even stole James Brown and gave him back lol…

  • Zettai

    Can’t stand Pink’s emo rock screaming/singing since she left her old sound in the late 90s. (And why does she still call herself Pink?)

    Can’t stand “I Kissed A Girl” by Katy Perry because if it wasn’t bad enough that the men on records encourage young women to be promiscuous, Katy tells them the same thing–and gets famous doing it! She kickstarted the horrible trend of young women making out with women just for male attention and free drinks.

    Kid Rock should definitely be on this list. He sold out to country years ago. How can you be a DJ from Detroit and wave a Confederate flag?

    • Chanda

      Pink named herself after a character from Reservoir Dogs and Kid Rock started out doing rap (in the 90s) but changed that image because he didn’t want to be compared to Vanilla Ice. Before Eminem came along, many white people where scared to become rappers because Vanilla Ice messed it up for everybody lol…

      • therealnumber1

        Actually on behind the music pink said she got the name because some dude in high school wanted to see her “area” and when he saw it he said, “oooo it’s pink…”

    • Jon

      As a Michigan resident, I would appreciate it if you didn’t mention Kid Rock was from this state…lol.

    • Kia

      he has a child with a black woman

  • Lovelylibra

    How did Darius Rucker aka hootie from hootie and the blowfish not make this list. He went from pop to country superstar.

  • It’s Me

    Awww Whitney. She was a beauty. :_(

  • Tia

    Where is the ultimate in career changes and new looks, Madonna? IMO she’s the only person that should’ve been #1…

    • Chanda

      Madonna should’ve definitely been #1 on this list. She changes her looks/image with every album (for the past 30 years).

  • Trisha_B

    Pink never wanted to be R&B, that’s what LA Reid wanted to market her as. That’s how it was for a lot of these artist, the label wants them to be like that. Later on, they are allowed creative freedom

    & Rihanna was 16-17 when she came out, she had to be lil miss innocent lol. She’s grown now, she’s gonna sing about grown things

    • louvres

      grown things don’t have to be TRASHY things tho! That’s the problem…our society don’t know the difference between being grown and being trash!

      • Shawndrea Rachelle

        Yes! It was sad seeing all the tweets saying “Miley grew up” tweets after the VMAs

        • louvres

          Miley is a good example for this! PURE TRASH!!

          • Jose-0311-usms

            MILEY IS TRASH.

      • Live_in_LDN

        Adulthood means many different things for different people. So be it.

      • Trisha_B

        So sx is trashy? Many R&B singers sung about sx since the 70s lol. It was trashy then? Or is it b/c they were men & it’s more acceptable, vs a woman who is shamed for talking about it?

        • louvres

          Please not you too looooooooool! it is trashy no matter if men or women! Sade has sung about sex and it wasn’t trashy…you can do thousand things in a classy way! Rick ross is trash , rhi is trash, bee is trash, etc…

          • Trisha_B

            & that’s YOUR opinion. Not mines

            • louvres

              And I stand by IT( I never mention that it was the opinion of someone else but me and I don’t see the necessity of you mentioning it). s€x is a beautiful thing but many of these artists are making it trash! There is a difference between s€x and lust…

              • Shawndrea Rachelle

                Yes! Yes! And Yes! Preach louvres

      • Ken Bennett

        Luckily there is no shortage bloated, judgemental, self-important, sub-human, scabs around to point out what they think others should do.

        • Jay

          Like you?

  • 9Boots

    Not only did they change their sound and look, they sold their souls.

    • Shawndrea Rachelle

      The forgot Miley Cyrus, she’s literally a completely different person now

      • guest

        Yup..a total 180

      • 9Boots

        Your right!

      • 9Boots

        Your right! That is because the machine wants her followers to follow her profane way of living.

  • juicyco

    some of these people just got older

  • tarrilove

    I missed black Pink. But I like white Pink better 🙂

  • Danielle

    S3x unfortunately sells. Idk how we became a society where all this freaky deaky stuff is top on everybody minds. I sure do miss the early versions of ppl like Rihanna. I sure cld jam to her early stuff

    • Phil J.

      sex has always sold, nothing new