If you want to hear Adele’s new album, 25, in full — then you have no choice but to buy it.
It was announced this morning that this year’s most anticipated album will NOT be made available to streaming services such as Apple Music and Spotify.
With less than 24 hours before the album’s release on Friday, the major digital services have been told that “25” will not be made available for streaming, according to three people with direct knowledge of the plans for the release. The album is being released by Columbia Records in the United States, and by an independent, XL Recordings, in Europe and most of the rest of the world.
A spokesman for Adele declined to comment.
Adele is said to have been personally involved with the decision about streaming, a year after Taylor Swift withdrew her music from Spotify over complaints about the royalties paid by streaming outlets.
Adele’s “25,” her first release in almost five years, has been highly anticipated throughout the music industry and is expected to be a major blockbuster. Billboard magazine reported late Wednesday that music executives expect the album to sell about 2.5 million copies in its first week. That would be the biggest week for any new album since ‘N Sync’s “No Strings Attached” sold just over 2.4 million in 2000, at the peak of the CD era.
“Hello,” the first single from “25,” was a huge hit when it was released last month, selling more than 1.1 million copies in the United States in its first week, the biggest number ever recorded for a download, according to Nielsen. The video has also been viewed more than 400 million times.
That means you better get those coins ready!
JUST IN: Adele's new album '25' will not be made available to streaming platforms like Spotify & Apple Music – NY Times
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