The music industry has been consistently changing over the years. From different formats to the way music is delivered to listeners, musicians and the industry has been working hard to adapt to new standards. We’ve seen the trend over the past few years really establish deep roots with streaming based services like Spotify, Pandora, and Apple Music. Artists are able to receive royalties for their music being played and listeners are able to listen through their favorite bands catalog of music. Even though we’re seeing this become a standard, there’s one album you won’t see released to any streaming services, or at least not for the first few weeks. Adele is reportedly refusing to stream her much-anticipated album set to release this Friday ’25’.
Streaming services like Spotify are a massively popular source for listeners to enjoy their favorite bands and to discover other artists. However, for artists like Adele who contains an enormously large fanbase, they are able to bypass the various streaming services in order to bring in money through album and MP3 purchases. Since this new album is anticipated and fans have been waiting for nearly five years for Adele’s next album release, there are some high expectations that ’25’ may break records. As of right now the expectations that are going around for Adele’s new album is that ’25’ could move over 2.5 million copies in its first week, which would make ’25’ the biggest album to be released since 2000 with ‘N Sync’s album ‘No Strings Attached’. according to The New York Times.
Adele’s United States record label, Columbia Records, believes that by streaming the album alongside the physical release would crush Adele’s potential sells. There’re very few artists within the world that could likely get away with tossing out streaming services altogether and rely on purchases of their music, so it’s likely this won’t turn into a trend. However, there’s no word as to how long Adele will be keeping her upcoming album away from streaming services. There is a high probability that we’ll see ’25’ make its way eventually on services like Spotify but for now, the question is when.