Adele’s New Album Will Skip Apple Music, Spotify: NYT



According to a report by The New York Times, Adele’s upcoming album “25” will not be made available for streaming on major digital services, including Apple Music and Spotify, as confirmed by three people with direct knowledge of the plans for the release. The publication notes that 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.

“The album is all but certain to be a gigantic hit, but Adele had not revealed whether she would release it on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. The answer is no. 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.”

The report adds that Adele is personally involved with the decision about not releasing the new album on streaming music services. The album, which is Adele’s first release in nearly 5 years, is expected to sell about 2.5 million copies in its first week, according to the Billboard magazine, which would be the biggest week for any new album since ‘N Sync’s “No Strings Attached” that sold just over 2.4 million copies in 2000.

‘Hello’, the first single from “25”, which was released last month, sold over 1.1 million copies in the U.S. in its first week.

Click here to Pre-Order Adele’s new album on iTunes (launches Nov. 20)


  • Anthony ?

    Pretty sure this falls into the “yeah, whatever” category.

  • Mac

    Not sure about the accuracy of this but, I read somewhere that Adele reps wanted apple to put her CDs in the Apple Store! Her CD!!

  • Tim

    it’s on KAT, right now

  • Yeah she tried.
    I personally think she knew it would be denied and blogs would write about it for free advertising

  • LouisDC

    I used to buy albums from artists I like in iTunes. I have tons of them (they didn’t even fit on my old 32GB iPhone4!).

    A few years ago I subscribed to Spotify and I haven’t bought an album since. The streaming service helped me discover a lot of new artists I could never have discovered using iTunes (in part because you cannot “try” albums before you buy them).

    When Coldplay didn’t make their latest album “Ghost Stories” available on streaming services, I did not go back to iTunes to buy it. It pissed me off a little, but there’s so much music available on Spotify that it didn’t really make a difference.

    That’s the only thing decisions like that do: piss of your fans.