(Don’t) ride in the current.
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When Adele is 25 Dropped out last month with astronomical fanfare, it was also made clear that the album would not be available on popular streaming services, such as Spotify and Apple Music, for an indefinite period – much to the chagrin of Adele enthusiasts around the world. Now, talking to Time for their latest cover, the star gave insight into her decision to steer clear of these platforms and how she personally perceives the current streaming culture. She just doesn’t like it too much.
“I don’t use streaming,” she says. “I buy my music. I download it and I buy a physical [copy] just to make up for the fact that someone else somewhere isn’t. It’s a bit disposable, streaming. To broadcast or not to really broadcast was the central question for her while doing 25, and she was pressured industry insiders – which encompassed both points of view – firmly choose a position. “I know streaming music is the future, but it’s not the only way to consume music,” she said, adding that “music should be an event”.
When a comparison was drawn with Taylor Swift who pulled her entire music catalog from Spotify in 2014 (and her subsequent open letter demanding fair compensation for artists), Adele was quick to praise the decision. . “It was amazing,” she says. “I love her – how powerful she is. We’re going to be lumped together now because of this, but I think we would both feel the ability to say yes or no to things even if we weren’t successful. “
Ultimately, however, Adele can choose to do whatever she wants. And she knows it! “Call me old-fashioned, call me ignorant, but whatever,” she said. “Take it or leave it.”