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Spotify removed the shuffle button from the album pages after Adele said ordering the tracks was meant to “tell a story.”

The singer thanked the streaming service after making it less easy for users to listen to songs from her new album, 30, in random order.

She tweeted: “We don’t create albums so carefully and haven’t thought about our song list for no reason. Our art tells a story and our stories should be heard as we hear them. Thanks Spotify for listening.

Spotify replied, “Everything for you”.

The shuffle option, indicated by two intersecting arrows, has been removed from the album’s play button but is still available when a user clicks to view tracks in the album.

Adele made her comeback with the single Easy On Me, her first new song in six years, which is currently number one in the UK singles charts, according to the Official Charts Company.

It became the most listened to song in a day on Spotify and Amazon’s Alexa device when it was released on October 15.

Other tracks on the album, including My Little Love, Oh My God, I Drink Wine, and Hold On, were praised by fans and critics for their vulnerability and old-fashioned sound reminiscent of the age of Hollywood gold.

30 was released on Friday and is her fourth studio album, which she has reportedly worked on since 2018. It details the breakup of her marriage to charity boss Simon Konecki, with whom she has a son, Angelo.

According to Spotify, the album recorded 60.7 million streams worldwide from day one of its availability, making it one of the most streamed albums upon release. The record is 90.8m, set by Taylor Swift a week earlier.

Guardian music critic Alexis Petridis awarded it three stars, writing that the subject of the divorce was “devouring” but that the album was “no small feat” nonetheless.

Other reviews were more generous, with Rolling Stone giving it five stars and describing it as “Adele’s toughest and most powerful album to date.” The Times, The Independent and The Financial Times have all awarded it four stars.

Adele’s previous album, 25, was released six years ago before streaming music was popular and was only available for direct download or in physical form, on CD or vinyl. It was added to streaming services in 2016.


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