you're right, when i think of "overrated", i think of bands or people that are constantly thrown into the lime light. Most of the time, these are younger bands people that cater to a certain demographic.
Being overrated to me means that the individual is gaining popularity because of themselves personally, NOT because of they're work. Examples would be Megan Fox, the only reason people like her is because she is pretty, she cannot act for shit. She is famous because she is hot, period.
Another big one would be Fall Out Boy, more notably Pete Wentz. All these teenie boppers think he is the best thing in the world, and unfortunately, he is dragging FOB into the mix. Just look at their promo pictures, who is always in front? Without Wentz im sure FOB wouldnt have all this trash talked on them and people may just like them for their music and not just for one member.(i dont like FOB btw haha)
younger bands, no, i don't think they need to be considered the ones in the limelight. these yougner bands that pete wentz puts out are a formula, just like backstreet boys, nysnc, etc were--its what sells. and if these bands are similar in sound, style, of course the same demographic will like them. but i dont think they need to be put in the overrated category.
overrated means that some big shot, whos opinion matters in the industry, loved them--and as sheep so does everyone else. It doesnt always mean that they get places bc of their looks, (ie Megan Fox---who by the way is an actress and Hollywood is all about sex appeal).....overrated is just a term applied for people who don't agree with whatever one else thinks about something. clear cut. i don't think circa survive is all that amzing--anthony green is by far not the one of best vocalist ever (which has been claimed)--but obviously he's doing something right for thousands and thousands of ppl to enjoy his music.
i love when kids say they sold out.....bands dont sell, they change, grown up, think in a different way in constructing their music.
Pete Wentz is an business man, he was the front man of the band, bc Patrick didn't and wasn't comfrontable with doing it. He is basically building these bands to the formula, thus adding to his success.