According to Recode's Peter Kafka, Adele's blockbuster 2015 LP 25 is finally making its way to major streaming services. The album is landing on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, and Amazon Prime Music seven months after its initial physical and digital release, which smashed sales records all around the world while being held off of said platforms. (Internet radio services like Pandora had access to the album's tracks, but that's about it.) Singles like "Hello," "When We Were Young," and "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" have been made available for streaming upon their release, but this is the first time the album is being released for that purpose in full. 25 is apparently already available for users in countries like Australia and New Zealand where it's already June 24th, so it's just a matter of hours before it's ready for streaming in North America and the rest of the world.
Revisit "All I Ask," weep into your wine
While she has plenty of competition from the likes of Radiohead and Taylor Swift, Adele remains the music industry's most successful streaming skeptic. Her 2011 breakthrough 21 enjoyed the same kind of months-long windowed release when Spotify was a much younger, smaller service, and she's been open about her streaming ambivalence in interviews. "It probably is the future, but, eh," she told Rolling Stone back in November. "There are kids I know who are, like, nine who don't even know what a fucking CD is! I've got my CDs out on display in my house just to prove a point. Maybe CDs will have a massive comeback like vinyl did." It's hard to imagine there are any Adele fans out there who resolved not to hear 25 until it was streaming, but those of us who had the album on repeat in November can revisit "All I Ask" and weep into our red wine starting tomorrow.
Update June 23rd, 12:45PM ET: We've received confirmation that 25 will be made available on all major streaming services, and the article has been updated accordingly.