According to the reports by the BBC, singer Adele had requested the music-streaming platform Spotify to remove the shuffle icon as a default option, which appears while playing or viewing an album so that users can listen to the songs of a particular album in proper order.
The request came after the singer thought about the fact that to preserve the artist’s intention, the songs are placed in a certain way that narrates the story of the album. It has always been known that the singer has a certain way of showcasing her art and reaching out to users with her music in a certain way is what she likes.
Adele took to her Twitter to acknowledge the fact that Spotify has decided to remove it, as she wrote, "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 tracklists for no reason. Our art tells a story, and our stories should be listened to as intended. Thank you, Spotify, for listening." The streaming platform replied to the singer with a reply, "Anything for you."
A spokesperson for Spotify, a Swedish company, quoted, "As Adele mentioned, we are excited to share that we have begun rolling out a new premium feature that has been long requested by both users and artists to make play the default button on all albums. For those users still wishing to shuffle an album, they can go to the Now Playing View and select the shuffle toggle. "
Adele’s latest album, "30", is her fourth studio album and was released on Friday, and she aspired for the users to listen to the album the way it is supposed to be heard. Adele is grateful for this change. With Spotify now removing the shuffle icon from album playlists, this is a huge step forward, and Adele is grateful. The singer believes that her latest album, which is about her divorce, is one of the best and riskiest albums to date.
Adele's divorce from charity CEO Simon Konecki, with whom she has a son, Angelo, is chronicled in "30." According to Spotify, the album had 60.7 million global streams on its first day of release, making it one of the most-streamed albums of all time. Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift set the previous record of 90.8 m barely a week ago.
A music critic from NPR mentioned, "Adele's new album, 30, engages with the world—through lyrics that trade adolescent romanticism for genuine self-examination, arrangements that reflect the present moment, and a vocal presence as warm and multifaceted as Adele is in interviews and her onstage patter, where she's a pal who tells long stories and makes jokes, not a gravitational force."
During an interview, Adele was asked if she could be alone and okay now, to which the Grammy-winning singer replied, "Oh, I love it." I love it. I do. And that's what that line in "Hold On" means: "Sometimes loneliness is the only risk we get." It's how we stock up on supplies for ourselves, emotionally. And the world is just so noisy—and I'm not even saying that as being someone well-known. Everyone just wants something or needs something all the time, and it's exhausting. It's often in the evenings, you know when my son's going to bed... but it feeds me. I like it. "
The decision of the music streaming platform to remove the shuffle icon has appeared to irritate many people, with some fans blaming Adele for seeking the removal of the default shuffle. Taylor Swift had previously chastised Spotify for its free service, claiming that artists were not paid enough royalties, and had removed her entire library from the network in 2014, although she later reversed her decision.
According to the Official Charts Company, Adele made a big comeback with the track "Easy On Me," her first new song in six years, which is currently at No. 1 in the UK singles chart. When it was launched on October 15, it became the most streamed song on Spotify and Amazon's Alexa device in a single day. Fans and critics praised the album for its sense of vulnerability and old-fashioned sound evoking the golden age of Hollywood. Other tracks from Adele's new album that have managed to touch the audience's heart includes, My Little Love, Oh My God, I Drink Wine, and Hold On.
Adele's previous album, 25, was released six years ago and was only available as a digital download, on CD, or vinyl. It was uploaded to streaming platforms in 2016 after she decided to avoid streaming since it was "a little throwaway" and "music should be an occasion," according to her.
The audience was very excited about Adele's new album as they had been waiting for the singer's music for almost six years. Her music has been celebrated all across the world, and Adele's sound-a combination of classic soul and polished, confessional pop has propelled her into the stratosphere.
The concert special, An Audience With Adele, was streamed in the UK throughout the weekend as part of Adele's album 30 promotion. During the ceremony, the singer had a very meaningful moment. She reconnected with her high school English teacher, and it was an emotional reunion. The singer turned to Twitter to express her gratitude for the incredible experience.
Adele wrote, "Home Sweet Home. I’ve always dreamt of doing An Audience With… There was so much love in the room for each other, it felt like such a gig! Everyone was raucous and bang up for it! And my teacher Ms. McDonald was there, it was just heaven ."
Adele was asked by Dame Emma Thompson about the person who supported and encouraged her at the start of the video. Adele responded by mentioning Ms. McDonald, the English teacher at Chestnut Grove Academy. She attended the ceremony and later appeared on stage with her. Following that, there was an emotional exchange between the teacher and the pupil.
ITV's Twitter account was the source of the viral video. "We've all had that one instructor that altered our lives, and it's been such a lovely reunion!" PS, I'd completely buy Alan Carr's version of 'Make You Feel My Love (sic),'" read the video caption.