Music Artists That Completely Changed Their Genres

Jackson Sawa | July 27, 2018 4:04 pm

Just as music evolves, so do the artists that make it. You can’t expect a band or musician to stick with the same style forever, they’re artists after all. They need to experiment, try new things, and work on what they are most passionate about. Change is healthy for a musician so they’re not stuck playing the same thing for ten years in a row. For some artists, change means switching genres entirely. Whether it’s from rap to reggae or rock to pop, the music industry has seen it all. Here are some of the most notable musicians that changed up their genre.

The genre Katy Perry was in before switching to pop is surprising, to say the least. And she used a different name!

Lana Del Ray Rebranded Herself For Success


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Lana Del Ray wasn’t always the iconic singer-songwriter that she is today. When she first tried to break into the music scene, she went by her birth name Lizzy Grant. Unfortunately, she didn’t have much success branding herself as Lizzy Grant with her casual clothes and acoustic guitar. After realizing that something needed to change, she reinvented herself in 2011 and became Lana Del Ray.

She traded in her street clothes for her 1950s and ’60s Americana style and her acoustic guitar for new melancholia musical themes. Since her transition, she exploded in popularity and has become one of the biggest pop culture stars today.