Adele, Streaming Skeptic, Is Introducing ’25’ to Spotify + Apple Music
Once unwilling to learn the language of Spotify, Adele has finally decided to say "Hello" to streaming services.
Seven months after the release of the singer's third LP, the record-breaking 25, reps from Spotify and Apple Music have confirmed to Billboard that Adele's latest album will be available on both sites at midnight tonight (June 24). "Hello," "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" and "When We Were Young" have been available as lone singles, but the rest of 25 has so far remained un-added.
19 and 21 are also available to stream, but 21 was likewise withheld from sites like Spotify immediately after release.
In a December 2015 interview with Time published shortly after the release of 25, Adele explained her choice to withhold the album from streaming services, and said she still believes in the power of physical album sales. Streaming, she added, has chipped away at the value of songs and albums.
"For me, all albums that come out, I’m excited about leading up to release day. I don’t use streaming," she said. "I buy my music. I download it, and I buy a physical [copy] just to make up for the fact that someone else somewhere isn’t. It’s a bit disposable, streaming."
"I know that streaming music is the future, but it’s not the only way to consume music,” she added. “I can’t pledge allegiance to something that I don’t know how I feel about yet."
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