British singer Adele released a new single Tuesday from her forthcoming album “25” on YouTube — which quickly topped 1 million views — but it remains unclear if the Nov. 20 album will be coming to Spotify.
The single, a live version of “When We Were Young,” generated nearly 1.7 million views in the first 14 hours on Adele’s Vevo channel on YouTube.
“25,” her first album since 2011’s “21,” is currently available to pre-order from Apple’s iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.com (on digital, and vinyl), slated to be released Friday.
But “25” may not be making its way to Spotify, according to a report by the Verge. The hangup was allegedly that Adele’s camp wanted the album to be available only to Spotify’s paying subscribers, not on the free, ad-supported service, but the company responded that it was “categorically untrue” that there was a request to keep Adele’s new album exclusively on the premium tier.
It’s worth noting that Spotify currently offers “Hello,” the first single released from “25.”
Adele wouldn’t be the first music star to play hardball with Spotify. Last year Taylor Swift’s record label pulled her entire catalog from the service in a public spat, with the singer complaining Spotify didn’t compensate artists fairly.
Meanwhile, Adele’s “25” is expected to be available on Apple Music and Google Play Music, given that those services are subscription-only (with no ad-supported versions) — although that might happen a few weeks after the retail launch.
Two-minute snippets of all the songs on “25” leaked online Tuesday, according to Billboard.