Adele Outclasses Her Critics

MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY

Notwithstanding the predictably boring and misogynist spew about Adele from Bob “Trigger Warning” Lefsetz, Adele’s “25” album sends an unmistakable message.  Her recording reminds us of the one idea that streaming boosters and other Spotify apologists want you to forget. The CD configuration still makes up an average of 50% of sales, particularly for superstar releases, and in Adele’s case, CDs and digital downloads make up 100% of the album product configuration for “25,” at least for the time being.

But not the single–“Hello” has been available on iTunes, Spotify and other streaming platforms since October 23–you know, the commercial single street date.  That’s right–all this press that has been ginned up about Adele “snubbing” streaming is all about “25”–that’s the album.  Somehow few of these stories (and I say “few” but I think if you read all of them you would find that none of them) tell you…

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