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Coldplay Rejects Freemium: New Album Not On Spotify


(Hypebot) – Much has been written in recent days about how Adele's refusal to make her new album "25" available on streaming music services has boosted sales. Now, Coldplay has made their own strong statement about streaming with their new release; and it sends a very different message.


Coldplay's just released new album "A Head Full of Dreams" will not be available on Spotify. But paying users will be able to stream the full album on Apple Music, Tidal and Amazon.


The decision is a clear rejection of free and freemium by the multi-platinum rockers. The band announced that their new album would not be available on Spotify "immediately," leaving open the possibility that if might be available on freemium music services at a later date.


Apple Music, Tidal and Amazon offer paid-only streaming; while Spotify also offers a robust free ad supported tier and insists that all music is available to all listeners. It's a policy that Spotify may be forced to revisit after recent highly visible defections by major artists including Taylor Swift, Adele and now Coldplay.