Spotify removed the shuffle button from album pages after Adele stated that the order in which tracks were placed was intended to “tell a story.”  The singer thanked the streaming service for making it more difficult for users to listen to the songs from her new album, 30, in random order.

She tweeted: “We don’t create albums with so much care and thought into our tracklisting for no reason. Our art tells a story and our stories should be listened to as we intended. Thank you, Spotify, for listening.”

“Anything for you,” Spotify replied. The shuffle option, denoted by two crisscrossing arrows, has been removed from the album play button but remains accessible when a user clicks to view the album tracks.

According to the Official Charts Company, Adele made a big comeback with her first song in six years, Easy On Me, which is currently No. 1 on the UK singles chart. On October 15th, it became the most streamed song in one day on Spotify and Amazon’s Alexa device.  Other tracks from the album, including My Little Love, Oh My God, I Drink Wine and Hold On, have been praised by fans and critics for their sense of vulnerability and old-fashioned sound recalling the golden age of Hollywood jobs.

30 was released on Friday and is her fourth studio album, which she was said to have been working on since 2018. It details the dissolution of her marriage to charity executive job Simon Konecki, with whom she has a son, Angelo. According to Spotify, the album received 60.7 million streams on its first day of release, making it one of the most-streamed albums of all time. Taylor Swift set the previous record of 90.8m just a week before.

The Guardian music reviewer Alexis Petridis gave it three stars, writing that the topic of divorce was “all-consuming,” but nevertheless, the album was “a not-unimpressive feat.” Other critics were more generous, with Rolling Stone giving it five stars and describing it as Adele’s “toughest, most powerful album yet.” The Times, Independent and Financial Times all gave it four stars.

Adele’s previous album, 25, was released six years ago and was only available as a digital download or on CD or vinyl. In 2016, it was made available on streaming services.

SourceThe Guardian

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