adele's album isn't available on spotify or apple music

Singer is thought to have followed in Taylor Swift's footsteps by keeping her album off streaming services.

by Nick Levine
20 November 2015, 4:59pm

Adele's 25, probably the most eagerly anticipated album of the decade, has finally arrived today. But though the 11-track set can be digitally downloaded or picked up in shops, it's currently unavailable on Spotify, Apple Music or any other streaming service. It's thought that the singer has followed in the footsteps of Taylor Swift, who initially kept last year's 1989 album off streaming services because she was unhappy with the revenue they generate.

Whatever the reason behind Adele's decision to deny Spotify and Apple Music the chance to stream 25, it's yet another sign of the singer's colossal clout. Put simply, Adele can release 25 however she chooses because the album is a surefire hit. Some industry insiders are even predicting that it could break the US first week sales record of 2.415 million albums, which was set by NSYNC's No Strings Attached in March 2000. Back then, of course, albums were a lot easier to shift.

Responding to the apparent snub, a Spotify spokesperson said: "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." Apple has simply said it is "thrilled" to be offering the album for download on iTunes.


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