The Oscar-winning singer’s past two records, 19 and 21, can still be streamed, but they only arrived on the services some time after hitting shelves. It remains unknown when 25 will join them, if it ever does.
Fans can currently stream Adele’s chart-topping new single “Hello” on Spotify, but the rest of the new album is unavailable.
Users are greeted with the following message when they try to listen to the album: “The artist or their representatives have decided not to release this album on Spotify just yet. We’re working on it and hope we can change their minds soon.”
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.”
Here's me because Adele aint put the new album on Spotify. pic.twitter.com/RQOYIhipZh— C A I N W I L K E S (@cainwilkes) November 20, 2015
Jesus Adele, just put your new album on Spotify for god's sake and stop doing a Taylor and trying to make me buy it.— Jordan Grimmer (@jordan_grimmer) November 20, 2015
Hearing that Adele's new album isn't going on Spotify was like a dagger through the heart— Dodger (@dannybenning3) November 20, 2015
Adele is not the only high-profile artist to hold her music back from streaming services. Taylor Swift pulled her entire repertoire from Spotify last year, claiming it devalued her music by streaming it for free, before reaching a deal with Apple Music to stream bestselling album 1989 after persuading them to pay royalties during the three-month free trial period.
Musicians against Spotify
Musicians against Spotify
1/10 Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift does not what her work to be used as an 'experiment' by Spotify and believes that artists are treated unfairly. She withdrew her entire catalogue in November 2014.
2/10 Thom Yorke
The Radiohead frontman famously described Spotify as 'the last desperate fart of a dying corpse' in October 2013.
3/10 David Byrne
David Byrne of Talking Heads wrote about not understanding Spotify's claim of discovery in a Guardian op-ed. 'The inevitable result would seem to be that the internet will suck the creative content out of the whole world until nothing is left,' he said.
Beck dismissed the Spotify model as 'not working' because of how little it pays musicians. He added that the 'saddest thing' about streaming is the poor sound quality - 'It's like watching Citizen Kane on your phone'.
5/10 The Black Keys
Dan Auerbach has described Spotify's payment to artists as 'so minuscule it's laughable'. 'If you are a bigger band that's already known and you rely on record sales for a living then it's really no place to be,' he said.
6/10 Atoms for Peace
Thom Yorke's other band refused to let Spotify stream their songs. Nigel Godrich from the group described the service as 'an equation that just doesn't work'. 'Small labels and new artists can't even keep their lights on. It's just not right,' he said.
7/10 Yannis Philippakis
The Foals singer said he would rather that somebody stole his record on vinyl than bought it or streamed it on Spotify. He described using Spotify as like going to a top class restaurant and leaving only coppers without paying the bill.
8/10 Aimee Mann
The US singer-songwriter has not put her music on Spotify because she does not think artists make a fair amount of money from the streaming service.
9/10 Grizzly Bear
The band tweeted in 2012 that Spotify provides a great service for people but does as much to help bands as 'downloading from Limewire'.
10/10 Jason Isbell
Jason Isbell of Drive-By Truckers has used the single word 'evil' to describe Spotify.
Spotify, however, argues that fans “should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want”. The company published a long blog post aimed at tempting Swift back.
“Artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy,” it read. “That's why we pay nearly 70 per cent of our revenue back to the music community.”
Both Adele and Taylor Swift have been described as outliers in the music industry because their huge popularity means they need not rely on streaming services to boost sales.
“Adele arguably needs streaming services less than any previous holdouts,” an industry source told Billboard. “She could release her album on cassette only and it would still be the biggest selling album of the year.”
Representatives for Adele did not immediately respond to our request for comment.
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