The Dancing on the Ceiling star allows his hits to be accessible on sites such as Spotify, but Lionel is adamant Taylor and Adele have the right idea by refusing to let fans listen to new albums via the subscription services.

"My music is on Spotify, but if I have new music, I don't put it up. I want to sell it first. I don't like streaming," he tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper. "I'm not from the streaming world. I'm from the selling world. If you want to talk about streaming, then I'm not your poster child. Giving it away - are you kidding me?"

Taylor hit headlines in 2014 when she withdrew her back catalogue from Spotify and refused to let her last album, 1989, be streamed by fans.

The pop star explained she wanted fans to pay her directly for the privilege of enjoying her songs, instead of handing over money to a subscription streaming service, declaring, "Everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment. And I'm not willing to contribute my life's work to an experiment... And I just don't agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free... I try to stay really open-minded about things, because I do think it's important to be a part of progress. But I think it's really still up for debate whether this is actual progress, or whether this is taking the word 'music' out of the music industry."

Adele also withheld her latest album, 25, from streaming services, and the record became one of the biggest releases of 2015.