DETROIT (Reuters) - With a new album out and atour looming, Sheryl Crow says all she wants to do is have some fun-- which means backing off her role as a leading activist in theRecording Artists Coalition.
Crow, whose new album, "C'mon, C'mon," debuted at No. 2 on thepop charts, co-founded the RAC with Don Henley and others to lobbyCongress and state lawmakers for better treatment of musicians bymajor record labels.
She performed at fund-raising concerts the RAC held in February,on the eve of the Grammys in Los Angeles, and has been at theforefront of challenging what the RAC brands as unfair and coercivebusiness practices used by major labels to deny artists faircompensation and control their careers.
But in a recent interview, the 40-year-old singer, songwriterand musician said she is less involved in industry politics at themoment.
"I'm really concentrating on my music right now," says Crow, whokicks off the "Today" show's outdoor concert season on Friday inNew York City and headlines a summer tour starting July 10 inCharlotte, N.C. "I can't carry the (RAC) mantle forever."
Crow, who has sold more than 17 million albums and won eightGrammys, said she believes the debate over industry practices hasplaced too much emphasis on contract issues, at the expense ofother important matters, such as piracy.
"I feel like issues that are of concern are CD-burning and theattitude toward music as intellectual property that should be paidfor," she said. "Unfortunately we detoured and started focusing oncontract issues, which pitted us against the music industry. Andunfortunately, any time there was anything negative in the press,it was always my picture in the paper."