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Adele to snub both Apple Music and Spotify with new ’25’ album?



Adele plans to keep her long-awaited new album off all streaming services, according to reports on Thursday.

According to New York Times sources, the songstress has decided not to make ’25’ available to the likes of Spotify and Apple Music at this time.

Instead, the full-length LP will only be available to paid download and physical media customers when it is released on Friday.

In recent weeks, speculation has been rife as to which streaming services the Londoner would embrace.

The most recent speculation suggested that subscription-only platforms like Apple Music would be granted the new record, while those with free-to-play options would not.

However, according to three people supposedly “with direct knowledge of the release plans” there’ll be a streaming blackout. A spokesperson for the singer has refused to comment.

See also: Is YouTube Music a Spotify killer?

Adele’s stance, if it turns out to be the case, would go a step further than Taylor Swift who pledged only to give her music to services that charged customers for it.

The decision wouldn’t be a huge surprise, given Adele’s new album is being released by XL Recordings, a vocal critic of the new streaming-centric landscape.

The album is expected to be one of the best selling of all time, with 2.5m copies expected to be shifted in the first week.

Despite being widely available on streaming services, 'Hello,' the first single from '25' set a record for first week download sales, racking up over a million units.

Will Adele’s reported decision bring you back to paid downloads? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


November 20, 2015, 9:42 am

If an almighty being came down from the heavens and said to me "Matt, I shall grant you the choice to remove from your planet one of the following: All terrorists along with the legacy of their hatred; or Adele."

I would choose Adele. And I would ask that great being to not just simply remove her from the planet, but to dump her just outside of Earth's atmosphere. I would request that the being film the whole episode in an arty sepia, or black and white, and to include a speedy close-up of her face as the vacuum of space causes her stupid whiny lungs to implode.

It would look just like this:

It would be majestic.


November 20, 2015, 10:04 am

> Will Adele’s reported decision bring you back to paid downloads?

No. No way. It's sad. Even the big labels seem to be getting on board with streaming now. Hopefully she'll come round. Just give her time. Can't stand in the way of progress etc


November 20, 2015, 5:14 pm

Wow, you're such a cool, wise and talented person. I'm so glad if it comes down to it, the fate of the world will be in your hands.


November 20, 2015, 5:21 pm

Thanks, me too


November 20, 2015, 5:27 pm

I think her and Taylor Swift have created a 2 tier market: established stars can ensure they get paid for their work whereas newcomers will have to give it away. Not much different to the old days when artists did their time touring pubs and clubs, giving away demo discs to anyone that would take them.
Give it a few years and the only established artists not copying TS and Adele are the ones that make a moral decision to allow streaming

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