For decades, when it came to musical tastes it was always cool to like “the old stuff.” About two to three records in, if a band changed their style or went pop, they were considered “sellouts.”
The narrative has changed, as millennials now say the “new stuff” is better, and that “selling out” is actually a good thing. According to a recent P.U. poll, 82 percent of millennials would like to see their favorite bands sell out by their third album.
“It keeps things fresh,” said John Gallam, a 23-year-old Starbucks barista. “I mostly listen to metal and hard alternative rock, and I prefer bands to mellow out by their third album. At that point, I’d love for them to go acoustic or at least slow down their riffs.”
The societal shift is a relief to some millennials who used to feel social pressure to denigrate a band’s new album, even if they liked it.
“It’s a huge relief,” said Ronnie Garrison, a connoisseur of rock-gone-pop music. “When the new Goo Goo Dolls album came out, it was amazing to be able to say, ‘This is their best album yet!’ I finally feel like I can be myself.”