Just a day before Adele’s third album is released, The New York Times is reporting on Nov. 19 that “25” won’t be available on any musical streaming services, like Spotify or Apple Music. As the first new music from the artist in years, “25” is hotly anticipated, and the decision shouldn’t stop the album from doing incredible business — Billboard reports that it could break records, possibly selling 2.5 million units in just a week.
So that means the emotional, intimate album can only be purchased as a physical CD or digitally on iTunes or as an Mp3.
Also according to the Times, “Adele is said to have been personally involved with the decision about streaming,” which gives her a major similarity to another famous pop star — Taylor Swift, who pulled her music from Spotify and penned an open letter to Apple Music about paying artists for the right to stream their content before allowing her music to be featured on the platform.
Adele hasn’t released any statement about why she made the decision, or if there’s any larger meaning to why she opted out of using them. But for fans who like to stream their music, this news could be almost as emotionally devastating as listening to “25” in the first place.
“25” will be released on Nov. 20, 2015.