Say, 'Hello'

By Madison Vain
June 23, 2016 at 03:10 PM EDT
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Seven long months after its release, Adele’s 25 will finally be available for streaming at 12:01 a.m. Friday. New Zealand and Australia-based fanatics confirmed the news as the clocks have already turned to June 24 in those regions. 

When the singer released the album last November, she was candid about her reasons for making the set purchase-only. “I don’t use streaming,” she told TIME. “I buy my music. I download it, and I buy a physical [copy] just to make up for the fact that someone else somewhere isn’t. It’s a bit disposable, streaming,” she added. “I know that streaming music is the future, but it’s not the only way to consume music… I can’t pledge allegiance to something that I don’t know how I feel about yet.”

What helped her sort out those feelings, we may never know — it certainly wasn’t the record-shattering first week sales of 3.38 million copies, or that it’s just the sixth album to sell more than 8 million copies stateside since 2001 — but fans everywhere can get ready to say “Hello.”