British singer Adele just made Spotify remove their shuffle button on albums because she’s a queen and a true artist.
In the wake of her triumphant return to music, Grammy award-winning musician Adele is reminding everybody exactly why she’s that girl.
Taking to Twitter on November 21, Adele revealed the reason why she asked Spotify to make the system-changing move – and it all has to do with the time and energy artists put into their work.
“This was the only request I had in our ever-changing industry!” the Easy on Me hitmaker tweeted. “We don’t create albums with so much care and thought into our track listing for no reason. Our art tells a story and our stories should be listened to as we intended. Thank you, Spotify, for listening.”
Later, the music streaming giant’s official Twitter account tweeted a response with, “Anything for you.”
I love this. Artists and bands take painstaking care to craft the arc of their albums. Much of that listening experience has been diminished by digital formats. Long live the album! https://t.co/ciwPLlM3pQ
— Tara Slone (@TaraSlone) November 21, 2021
Prior to Adele saving consumers further pain from the shuffle button, Spotify integrated the ‘Shuffle’ feature (and its icon) into the Play button. In this way, whenever someone searched for and opened an album (aka whenever they accessed Album View), pressing the Play button would automatically randomise the song selection.
To listen to the tracklist in order, one was required to play an album’s first song, check to see if shuffle mode was turned on and, if it was on, turn it off. In other words, it was a pain in the butt for music purists or anyone who simply wanted to listen to an album in its intended order.
— Garsha Jhurakgon w/ 🦁 ⁴⁸⁶¹ a.k.a. Blue Haired Jho (@JHNEnOTP4861b) November 21, 2021
However, it’s important to point out that this new feature is only available for Premium users. As reported by The Verge, Premium customers who want to listen to an album on shuffle will have to “enable shuffle mode by toggling on the ‘Shuffle’ icon when viewing an individual track”.
In a statement to the BBC, Spotify confirmed this feature is applicable to all albums, not just Adele’s.
“As always, we will continue to iterate our products and features to create the best experiences for both artists and their fans,” the statement read.
This recent development comes in the wake of the release of her highly anticipated fourth studio album, 30. Already, Adele has broken records with single Easy on Me claiming the title “for the most global listens in a single day” on Spotify. The album details the singer’s life since she dropped her previous album, 25, notably her divorce from ex-husband Simon Konecki.
So, thank you Queen Adele for saving us all from the hassle of shuffle mode.