Adele says no streaming for new album '25'

Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:51pm EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British singer Adele's much-anticipated album "25" will not be available for streaming on any digital music services, including Spotify and Apple Music, a music industry source said on Thursday.

The source said Adele's XL Recording label had decided to withhold "25," expected to be the biggest album release of 2015, from streaming platforms when it is released on Friday. The New York Times first reported the move. (

"We love and respect Adele, as do her 24 million fans on Spotify. We hope that she will give those fans the opportunity to enjoy '25' on Spotify alongside '19' and '21' very soon," Spotify said in a statement, confirming that its followers would not have access to the new album.

Adele's representatives declined to comment on the decision, which follows a similar move by U.S. country-pop artist Taylor Swift over her album "1989."

Tyler Goldman, chief executive, North America, of music streaming company Deezer said the service would not have Adele's new album at launch.

"She’s benefiting from paid subscriptions, but she’s using this as an opportunity to try and sell more CD's or downloads," he said. "If all artists did this, we wouldn't have the growth in subscriptions we have."

Apple Inc and other services, including Pandora and Google Play, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The album is the first by the singer since "21" in 2011, which sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.   Continued...

Singer Adele arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 10, 2013.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni