The struggle for musicians is real: stay true to the music, or go for fame and money? You can't always have both, and the number of pop stars who switched genres suggests that the desire for super-stardom often comes out on top. Of course, singers who changed genres have their reasons, whether they've evolved as artists, want to try something new, or are just listening to their record label. From Taylor Swift (who smartly moved from country to pop) and Katy Perry (who ditched Christian rock for her bubblegum sound), to Gwen Stefani (who left ska garages for the Top 40), these are biggest pop stars who started — or ended — in other genres.Ranker may collect a commission from links on this page.
real hair color (blonde). In 2002, she moved to Los Angeles and spent the next five years fine-tuning her brand new pop sound before emerging as the raven-haired pop goddess Katy Perry in 2007, and debuting her single, "I Kissed A Girl." see more on Katy Perry
described her most recent sound as having a "muddy trap energy." see more on Lana Del Rey
Love Angel Music Baby. Now, she bops back and forth between writing her own pop music and collaborating on ska sounds with No Doubt. see more on Gwen Stefani