Adele's '25' Is Coming. Where You'll Hear It Is A Mystery For Now A word you may hear a lot this week: "streamable." Adele is about to release one of the most anticipated albums of the year, but she hasn't confirmed whether Spotify will be part of the picture.
NPR logo

Adele's '25' Is Coming. Where You'll Hear It Is A Mystery For Now

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/455935751/456132239" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Adele's '25' Is Coming. Where You'll Hear It Is A Mystery For Now

Adele's '25' Is Coming. Where You'll Hear It Is A Mystery For Now

Adele's '25' Is Coming. Where You'll Hear It Is A Mystery For Now

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/455935751/456132239" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The cover image of Adele's third album, 25. Album cover hide caption

toggle caption
Album cover

The cover image of Adele's third album, 25.

Album cover

This Friday, music fans will finally get to hear one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Just where and how they'll hear it, however, remains an open question.

That's because pop superstar Adele (whose last album, 21, continues to shatter sales records nearly five years after its release) has yet to confirm whether her new LP, 25, will be "streamable" — that is, available to hear on-demand from services like Spotify, Rdio and Tidal.

As part of the regular segment "Words You'll Hear," host Michel Martin speaks with Piotr Orlov, a contributing editor with NPR Music, about the economic gambit of withholding music from streaming platforms, and what Adele stands to lose or gain this week. Hear their conversation at the audio link.