Spotify removes shuffle button from album pages after Adele’s request

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Adele released 30, her first album in six years, on Friday.


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Music-streaming service Spotify has removed the shuffle button as a default option from its app’s album pages, forcing songs to be played in the order the artist intended, after Adele asked that the songs on her new album be played in the order she intended.

“This was the only request I had in our ever changing industry!” the Grammy-winning singer tweeted on Saturday. “We don’t create albums with so much care and thought into our track listing for no reason. Our art tells a story and our stories should be listened to as we intended.”

Spotify apparently got the message, responding to Adele’s tweet with “Anything for you.”

While the shuffle button no longer appeared on the album page, the option remains visible when a user clicks to view an album track. Spotify didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

30, Adele’s first album in six years, was released on Spotify on Friday.

As mainstream culture has shifted to streaming as the most common way to get access to music, Spotify has emerged as the world’s dominant service. The company reported in October that its total number of monthly listeners climbed 19% to 381 million in the third quarter.

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