Adele to Keep '25' Off Spotify? Artist Allegedly Doesn't Want New Album Streaming Free
Adele may keep her long-awaited album 25 off the free version of the streaming service Spotify, the Verge reported. The upcoming album is expected to drop Nov. 20.
The artist has allegedly moved to keep 25 off Spotify unless the music-streaming service only allows its paid users to stream the album, an unidentified source told the Verge. The artist's team has been pushing Spotify to make this adjustment, which would restrict her album to 20 million of its 75 million users, but the source said the service hasn't given in to the request.
However, Spotify denied the allegations in a statement to the Verge, saying, "It is categorically untrue that anyone has asked us to feature Adele's new album on premium only."
Adele wouldn't be the first platinum-selling artist to boycott Spotify's free music-streaming. Less than a week after Taylor Swift released her platinum album 1989 in 2014, the artist pulled all of her music from Spotify for similar reasons, Vogue reported. Beyoncé first exclusively released her 2013 album to iTunes and later gradually added singles from the album to Spotify, per the Vogue report. This would be the third year in a row that Spotify doesn't stream the biggest album of the year, the Verge reported.
"Hello," Adele's first and thus far only released single off 25, sent the Internet into a frenzy when it dropped Oct. 23. It sold over 1 million copies within the first week, Rolling Stone reported, making it the first single to ever hit the 1 million mark within that time period.