Adele's New Album '25' Is Released Today but Don't Plan on Streaming It

Here's a short history lesson on "buying" "music."


Is everyone ready to have a day full of feelings? Adele — queen songstress, beloved British export akin to Harry Potter and David Beckham alike — has dropped her new album 25. Time to throw on your cream sweater, sit somewhere luxurious, and ponder why you left your lovers of past.

“My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record,” Adele told Billboard. “I’m making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did.”

But she’s also making it a little hard for us to listen to it — knowing full well that she can likely sit out the streaming game and wait for us to actually buy it. You can’t play it on Spotify or Apple Music — which may have been the reason why some of us bought a subscription in the first place.

For now you can purchase the album on iTunes or pay to listen to it on Amazon or Google Play.

Last year around this time, Taylor Swift made news when she pulled her music off Spotify, saying the streaming service didn’t pay artists enough in royalties. You still can’t find Swift on Spotify but her music is streaming on Apple Music after she got Apple to change its mind.

“We love and respect Adele, as do her 24 million fans on Spotify,” said the streaming-service in a statement. “We hope that she will give those fans the opportunity to enjoy 25 on Spotify alongside 19 and 21 very soon.”

Hello, it’s me. I’ve thought about us and it would be sweet if I could stream this album or have it free.