The anticipation has been building since Adele’s 25 album is set for release this coming Friday on November 20. Now fans are wondering if the British singer will also have her music available on Apple Music or Spotify.
Rumors have been circulating that Adele may keep 25 off Spotify unless the streaming service agrees to release it exclusively to their paid subscribers. However, that’s highly unlikely. Taylor Swift asked the company to release 1989 to its paid subscribers, but they didn’t oblige. So, what did the singer do next? Swift pulled her entire music catalog from Spotify. Last year during her interview with Time magazine, the singer explained her decision to remove all her music from the popular streaming service.
“[People] can still listen to my music if they get it on iTunes. I’m always up for trying something. And I tried it and I didn’t like the way it felt. I think there should be an inherent value placed on art.
“I didn’t see that happening, perception-wise, when I put my music on Spotify. Everybody’s complaining about how music sales are shrinking, but nobody’s changing the way they’re doing things. They keep running towards streaming, which is, for the most part, what has been shrinking the numbers of paid album sales.”
There’s also a chance that the rumor about Adele keeping her highly anticipated album off the service is also not true. A representative for Spotify has denied the rumors to the Verge.
“It is categorically untrue that anyone has asked us to feature Adele’s new album on premium only.”
It’s like that Adele could go the same way of Beyoncé and Taylor Swift by keeping her new album off of Spotify. Instead of pulling her entire music catalog from the streaming service, Adele could release her new album on Spotify a few months down the line. She did the same thing when her last album, 21, was released in February, 2011. She kept her album off Spotify for a year when the music streaming service previously denied the same deal she’s rumored to have pushed again.
As for having her album available on Apple Music or Google Play, it doesn’t look like Adele’s team doesn’t have any previous commitments with these other streaming services. But recent reports suggest that 25 may be available on Apple’s new streaming service a few weeks after the album’s release.
The current record holder for the biggest debut week for a female artist still goes to Britney Spears, whose second studio album, Oops!…I Did It Again, sold 1.32 million copies in its first week back in 2001, when buying physical album copies was kind of a big deal.
Adele has opened up to the Observer Music about the success of her last album, and how fame feels like “an out-of-body experience.” 21 became the best-selling album of the last decade. Not only did it break album sales, but it also stayed in the U.S. Top 10 for 80 weeks, and spent 23 weeks at No. 1 in the U.K. But Adele hasn’t let her sudden fame get to her. Instead, she’s turned down celebrity endorsements and personal appearances for her family life.
“[I]t’s very easy to give in to being famous. Because it’s charming. It draws you in. Really, it’s harder work resisting it. But after a while I just refused to accept a life that was not real.”
What are your thoughts on Adele’s new album? Will you still buy it, knowing that it won’t be available right away on Spotify and Apple Music? Sound off below in the comments section.
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