Sheryl Crow on why she won't do any more albums
Just heard an interesting interview on NPR with Sheryl Crow in which she said her latest album will be her last. From now on, she will just put out singles. Her reasons are here:
I've wondered for a while now about the relevance of albums in the days of the digital playlist. Without a record or a CD to hold in your hands, what is the attraction of an album? I can see some reasons to still do one.
1. It provides more of an event than the release of a single. This has a couple of advantages. It provides an excuse for a party and it gives you something to send to a radio station or reviewer or whatever.
2. It gives you something to sell at a gig. I'm not sure how much this still happens though.
3. It marks a milestone: "Here's where I was musically at this time."
On the other hand, just releasing singles allows you to be constantly feeding your fan base (if you have one) and, I suppose, to respond to topical events.
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Mary Louise Kelley: What is the elephant in the room for you right now?
Sheryl Crow: Well, you know, I turn on the TV and I see that the rainforests are burning. I'm an environmentalist at heart; so are my children. They ask me the hard questions. My 9-year-old asked me the other day if we were going to cut down all the trees until we couldn't breathe anymore. I think about a 9-year-old and what a 9-year-old should be thinking about and that's not his mortality. So I can see writing a song about children and the load they're bearing right now. In fact, I may go home to do that now. [Laughs]
Gary E. Andrews: The children are standing up for the causes we've failed to accomplish intelligent Leadership Decision-Making on. Don't let the children stand alone. A shout out to the children of Parkland, standing up for logical gun laws, to Greta Thunberg, standing up for a habitable planet for her future, and a tribute to a ten year-old girl, Samantha Smith, who stood up in 1982 to promote detente with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and was killed in a plane crash in 1985 while the grownups went ahead and pushed the hands of the nuclear clock toward midnight.
Regarding albums versus singles, it is logical.
A Song recorded on Monday can be playing on radios by Tuesday. So why not use that technological capability?
If singles is the way the contemporary consumer wants to buy the product, sell it to them that way. That's the way promoters want to contract with artists. That's the way the ultimate consumer wants to buy their personal copy. Sell it. That's the way, unh hunh unh hunh I like it!
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Yes, I think that is the way consumers want to consume music these days. It's the "gatekeepers" who haven't caught up. If you want to be taken seriously by a local radio station, for example, you still kind of have to send them an album. Many seem to ask for a CD. I could be wrong about this, and maybe someone who knows more about it can put me right 🙂 At any rate, the gatekeepers will eventually catch up with those beyond the gate.
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