Spotify Ltd., the online music service, acknowledged it won’t be streaming singer Adele’s new “25” when the album debuts on Friday.
“We love and respect Adele, as do her 24 million fans on Spotify,” the company said Thursday in an e-mailed statement. “We hope that she will give those fans the opportunity to enjoy ‘25’ on Spotify alongside ‘19’ and ‘21’ very soon.”
The British singer’s new album is widely expected to score the biggest debut of the year. Her last album has sold more than 11 million copies, passing that total faster than anyone in more than a decade.
Major digital music services were told the album wouldn’t be available for streaming, the New York Times reported earlier Thursday, citing three people with direct knowledge of the release plans.