Adele bestowed another blessing on fans’ ears: on Tuesday the soulful singer released another track from her comeback album 25, a beautiful and tender live version of “When We Were Young.” Like “Hello,” the first single she released from her upcoming album — which will be available on November 20 — “When We Were Young” is emotional, evocative, and powerful, which is par for the course for the British singer. The video of the live performance, recorded and filmed at the Church Studios in London, is up on VEVO, but when will the song be available on Spotify? It looks like Adele fans are going to have to wait patiently for the full album before they can add “When We Were Young” to their Spotify playlists to cry to.
You can currently purchase “When We Were Young” on iTunes, or you can watch the video on YouTube repeatedly. Streaming on Spotify, though, is not an option yet, unfortunately, though her hit single “Hello” is available on the service. As for this new, nostalgic, and melancholy single “When We Were Young,” which has a powerful force driving through it, it looks like listeners won’t be able to stream the track, live or recorded, until 25 is released on Friday, November 20.
However, rumor has it that Adele might follow in Taylor Swift’s footsteps. The Verge reported that the 27-year old artist allegedly requested that Spotify limit the release of 25 to premium users only that pay the subscription fee for the service, “which would shrink the availability of the album to around 20 million of the streaming service’s 75 million total users, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.” Spotify, though, is denying that anyone from Adele’s team asked them to limit the release: “In a statement toThe Verge, a senior executive at Spotify said ‘It is categorically untrue that anyone has asked us to feature Adele’s new album on premium only.’”
If Adele’s team did ask that Spotify only release the album to paying users, and if in that hypothetical they reject her request, then Adele might be the third superstar album that Spotify misses out on. Last year, Taylor Swift kept 1989 off of the streaming service; 1989 went on to sell 1.287 million copies in its first week alone, and, so far, has sold more than 4.5 million copies. And Adele’s 25 is slated to be another huge smash: her single, "Hello," sold a million copies in one week, making history by being the first single to do so.
As for 25, Entertainment Weekly reports that the album is estimated to sell about 1.2 to 2 million copies in its first sales run. Hopefully, Adele's album and the single "When We Were Young" will be available to all users on Spotify on Friday, not just paying subscribers. As for now, you can watch "When We Were Young" as many times as your heart desires. Go on, you're not alone.