Coldplay: To Stream or Not to Stream?

Coldplay out, too? Bloomberg reported yesterday that the British rock band hasn't said if its new album, A Head Full of Dreams, will be available on Spotify and Apple Music tomorrow. The news comes just a few weeks after Adele decided not to stream her latest, 25.

This isn't a huge surprise from Coldplay. Both last year's Turn Blue and 2011's Mylo Xyloto weren't available to stream for the first few months after their release.

Both singles on the upcoming release are currently streaming via Spotify and Apple Music, though Coldplay used a similar strategy with Turn Blue.

Frontman Chris Martin has ownership in TIDAL, which could also play a factor in the decision.

Read the full Bloomberg article here.

Adele's 25 Not Streaming

News arrived Thursday that Adele's latest album, 25, would not be available via Spotify or Apple Music.

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.

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