Sheryl Crow’s first solo album was recorded in 1992 and was rejected by her record label prior to its planned release, but has since been found and shared countless times online by fans. In 1993, she joined a group of musicians called Tuesday Music Club and her success took off, winning three Grammy Awards in 1995 alone. She has since sold over 35 million albums worldwide and been a face for many causes including the Recording Artists’ Coalition, an industry organization aimed towards preserving the rights of the artist. As for her thoughts on the impact of filesharing in the musical world:
If nobody pays for it, how do the musicians, singers, arrangers, engineers, producers and songwriters get paid? How about the people who create the CD and DVD artwork and photography? What about the people who work in the plants that manufacture the CDs and DVDs or the people who work in music stores. Their livelihoods depend on people paying for the music that is created. If these people are not paid, how do they pay their rent and the utility bills? How can they afford transportation or groceries? The highly visible “stars” who we hear on the radio and see on TV represent less than 5% of the music world. The rest of that world consists of ordinary people who work hard to support themselves and their families and who often struggle just to make ends meet. The musicians, the singers and songwriters among them, are all dreaming of that big break, but few of them will get it.
Read the commentary in full [here].