Adele's 25 Album Won't Be Available on Music Streaming Services

Sorry, Spotify; tough luck, Apple Music

By Rebecca Macatee Nov 19, 2015 7:00 PMTags
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Adele wants you to buy her new album 25.ts listeners to purchase their music, the "Hello" singer is taking things a step further: She's not releasing it on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, per a New York Times report.

According to the NYT, Adele "is said to have been personally involved with the decisions about streaming," which come one year after Taylor Swift withdrew her catalog from Spotify (and they didn't take the breakup well;  the former country star initially took issue with Apple Music, too, but after the corporation adhered to her impassioned public plea to pay record labels during it's free-trial period, Taylor happily allowed them to keep streaming her songs).

Earlier this week, reports claimed Adele was considering limited 25's release to Spotify Premium users only, but it seems she ultimately decided to pull the plug altogether on streaming.

Adele's had issues with streaming in the past. Her 2011 album 21, for example, was held for 18 months before it was released to Spotify users.  This helped, in theory, to promote early album sales.

Reps for Adele did not get back to the Times' request for comment. A rep for Spotify confirmed to E! News Thursday that 25 will not be streaming on the music site.

There are reports that the album leaked early, but this wouldn't likely put a damper on 25's sales. A spokesperson for Target, which is selling an exclusive version of Adele's album with three bonus tracks, told the NYT, "We fully expect this to be one of our best-selling albums ever."

—Additional reporting by Baker Machado

(Originally published Nov. 19, 2015 at 1:45 p.m. PST)

Will you be buying it? Let us know below in the comments. Plus, watch the videeo below to hear what Adele has to say about body image and the pressures surrounding it.