By Adele’s Request(!), Spotify Removed the Auto-Shuffle Feature for Albums

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How powerful is Adele? Well, a request made by the megastar singer connected to the much-anticipated launch of her new album, 30, prompted one of the world’s biggest streaming platforms to revamp its settings.

Previously, Spotify was configured to automatically shuffle songs on an album — but with the release of 30, she made a specific request to disable that function and allow her album (and others’ albums, by effect) to work as more of a cohesive creative statement, as they were intended. You can still shuffle tracks, sure, but the streaming service won’t automatically select that function at first anymore:

“This was the only request I had in our ever changing industry. 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. Thank you Spotify for listening.”

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We live in a streaming world these days, and while some bemoan the death of the “album concept,” artists as significant as Adele using their platform to emphasize the full-album experience will not doubt be championed within the industry.

As for her new album, 30 is another sweepingly powerful collection of music from Adele, her first record in six years and an emotional experience based in large part in the various personal/romantic issues she’s dealt with in the years between. It will assuredly be one of the biggest albums of the year, if not THE biggest.

Stream it below.

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