The move is raising introspective questions for, well, just about everyone in the industry except Adele herself. 25 is expected to sell 2.5m copies in the first week, the most
since 2000. Update: 1991.
Spotify, Apple, YouTube, Google, and Amazon all have on-demand streaming services now, and Pandora bolstered its position with the recently announced acquisition of Rdio's key streaming assets. Precisely how these services will serve record release strategies, especially for superstar artists, is yet to be determined.
Adele celebrated the release with an intimate show at 200-seater Joe's Pub, as well as a performance on Saturday Night Live.
The New York Times has the full story.
Read our Q&A with Dualtone's Paul Roper and hear how streaming is affecting his label's business.