SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Fans seeking to listen to Adele’s new album won’t be able to do so on Spotify or Apple Music.
The streaming sites said Thursday that Adele’s “25” will not be available for streaming when it is released on Friday.READ MORE: Highway 1 Cliff Plunge Victim Identified As Elderly San Francisco Man
“We love and respect Adele, as do her 24 million fans on Spotify,” Spotify said in a statement. “We hope that she will give those fans the opportunity to enjoy ‘25’ on Spotify alongside ‘19’ and ‘21’ very soon.”
It’s unclear if Adele’s album will appear on Spotify or Apple Music in the future. A representative for the British singer declined to comment.
Pulling the highly anticipated album from the streaming platforms will force listeners to buy it digitally and at stores, driving its sales. The album is predicted to push well over 1 million copies in its debut week.
“Artists as big as Taylor Swift, Adele and Beyonce – that move is smart because it moves people into the music stores, buying albums,” SFGate Pop Culture Producer Alyssa Pereira said.READ MORE: Grand Jury Indicts 2 Stockton Officers Fired for Beating Black Teen
She says these superstar acts have one thing in common: Leverage.
“They’re trying to come up with new ways to make money with their music, and I think that pulling music from Spotify is certainly a band-aid to the problem,” Pereira said.
Apple said it was “thrilled” to offer Adele’s “25” for purchase on iTunes.
“Her soulful new single, ‘Hello,’ is available to stream on Apple Music along with her entire catalog and her revealing interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1,” Apple said in a statement.
Adele’s last album, “21,” has sold more than 11 million copies in the United States since its 2011 release.MORE NEWS: FDA Advisers Endorse Pfizer Booster Shots for Elderly, High-Risk Americans
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