Adele on music streaming: ‘There are nine-year-old kids who don’t know what a fucking CD is!’

Singer recently decided not to stream her new album '25' via services like Spotify and Apple Music

Adele has discussed her indifference to music streaming, having withheld her new album ’25’ from services like Spotify and Apple Music.

Adele released her album ’25’ in November and has since broken the Official UK Album Chart record for the fastest million-selling album ever. ’25’ went straight to Number One on November 27 with sales of 800,000 in its first week.

Explaining her aversion to streaming, Adele told Rolling Stone recently: “It probably is the future, but, eh.”


She continued: “There are kids I know who are, like, nine who don’t even know what a fucking CD is! I’ve got my CDs out on display in my house just to prove a point. Maybe CDs will have a massive comeback like vinyl did. Actually I think cassettes, just to be a pain in the ass! I’ve got all my Destiny’s Child cassettes!”

Rolling Stone also reports that the decision not to stream ’25’ was made “close to the last minute”.


Adele also responded to remarks made by Phil Collins last year in which he described her as a “slippery little fish” after she seemingly dropped him from her new record.

Adele denied that she snubbed Collins, instead claiming that she simply hadn’t started her album properly yet at the time of their collaboration.

“I met up with him and he was so nice. He’s such a genius,” Adele told Rolling Stone recently.

“But I met up with him in London super-early, like well before I was starting the record. And I had this song in mind and I can’t remember if I gave him a copy of the song or if I gave him a chorus or something, and then I just chickened out of everything. I went, ‘Oh, I’m not ready.’ And he called me a slippery fish!”


“I think he interpreted it that I decided I didn’t want to work with him, but actually I decided I didn’t want to write a record, period, at that point. But yeah, there’s no bad blood there, or certainly not on my half.”