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.
“We don’t create albums with so much care and thought into our track listing for no reason,” she tweeted. Our art tells a story, and our stories should be heard in the way that we intended. Thank you for listening, Spotify.”
Spotify replied: “Anything for you”.
— Spotify (@Spotify) November 21, 2021
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.
Adele made a big comeback with her first new song in six years, Easy On Me, which is currently number one in the UK singles chart, according to the Official Charts Company.
When it was released on October 15th, it became the most streamed song in one day on Spotify and Amazon’s Alexa device.
Other album tracks, such as My Little Love, Oh My God, I Drink Wine, and Hold On, have been praised by fans and critics for their vulnerability and old-fashioned sound, reminiscent of Hollywood’s golden age.
30 was released on Friday and is her fourth studio album, which she was said to have been working on since 2018. It describes the dissolution of her marriage to charity executive 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.
Other critics were more complimentary, with Rolling Stone giving it five stars and calling it Adele’s “toughest, most powerful album yet.” It received four stars from the Times, Independent, and Financial Times.
Adele’s previous album, 25, was released six years ago, before streaming music became popular, and was only available as a direct download or in physical form, such as a CD or vinyl. In 2016, it was added to streaming services.