Adele's new album 25 will not be available for streaming

The new album of British singer Adele is ready for distribution in the Netherlands.
The new album of British singer Adele is ready for distribution in the Netherlands.EPA

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - British singer Adele's much-anticipated new album 25 will not be available for streaming on major digital services such as Spotify and Apple Music, a music industry source said on Thursday.

The source said Adele's XL Recording label was not making 25 available on streaming platforms when it is released on Friday.

The New York Times first reported the move, citing three people familiar with the matter.

Adele's representatives declined to comment.

Apple and Spotify were not immediately available for comment.

The album is the first by the British singer since 21 in 2011, which won six Grammys and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

25 is expected to be the biggest selling album of the year, following record-breaking downloads and views for the first single Hello, which was released in October.

If confirmed, the decision by Adele and her record label mirrors the 2014 decision by American country-pop singer Taylor Swift to refuse to offer her album 1989 to streaming services.

Swift made the decision after writing an op-ed on how artists should value their music and not offer it for free.

1989 went on to become the biggest selling album in the world in 2014 with estimated sales of more than 8.5 million copies.

Swift in July agreed to put 1989 on Apple Music, days after it did an about-face and agreed to pay artists during a free trial of its new streaming music service.