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Adele shuns streaming for giant album

The new album of British singer and songwriter Adele, entitled "25" is pictured at Bertus Wholesale and Distribution in Capelle aan de IJssel on Nov 19, 2015.

[NEW YORK] Adele will shun streaming as she launches her long-awaited album 25, which is predicted to be the biggest release in years.

Spotify, the largest site in the fast-growing sector of streaming, made clear that 25, which comes out Friday, would not be available.

"We love and respect Adele, as do her 24 million fans on Spotify. We hope that she will give those fans the opportunity to enjoy '25' on Spotify alongside '19' and '21' very soon," the Swedish company said, referring to the English singer's previous two albums.

Adele's representatives did not immediately comment, nor did rival streaming services, but the singer has given no indication she will offer 25 to Spotify's competitors.

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With the move, Adele becomes the most high-profile holdout from streaming since Taylor Swift, who pulled her catalog off Spotify last year as she released her blockbuster album 1989.

Adele's 25 is expected to surpass Swift's album and easily become the biggest in a decade.

Music business journal Billboard, quoting industry sources, said that Adele's label had shipped 3.6 million copies of 25 to retailers.

That would be the biggest number since boy band N*SYNC's No Strings Attached in 2000, which came out nearly a year before Apple's iTunes shook up the industry by mainstreaming digital sales.

Adele has already broken the record for first week downloads with the album's initial song, the ballad Hello. 21, Adele's previous album which came out in 2011, became an international sensation in part through the popularity of the heartache song Someone Like You.

21 was the top-selling album in the United States for two consecutive years and remains comfortably the biggest release in Britain so far this century.

Streaming - which allows unlimited, on-demand music online - has grown rapidly in the past several years despite criticism from some artists who say the payouts are too low.

Swift earlier this year changed course and put her tunes on Apple Music, the new streaming service of the tech giant, after it complied with her call to improve the payout structure for artists.