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By Andy Malt | Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Australian journalist Matt Doran apologized for not listening to Adele’s new album ’30’ before interviewing her earlier this month – although he sent it in advance via Sony Music . The blunder led his record company to refuse to allow the interview to be broadcast.
All was well a few weeks ago when the host of Channel Seven’s “Weekend Sunrise” traveled from Sydney to London for the interview – beating his Channel Nine rivals exclusively. Post on Instagram, he promised that “this one is going to be pretty special”.
Unfortunately, when Adele asked him what he thought of his new album, which had not yet been released, he admitted that he had not heard it. According to the Australian Daily Telegraph, Doran bluntly said, âI didn’t listen to him!
However, he refutes this version of events, insisting that he instead admitted to only hearing the first single “Easy On Me”, which had already been released. He also denies rumors that Adele withdrew from the interview after admitting he hadn’t heard his new record – an outcome that still seemed unlikely.
In a statement, Doran explains that he missed the email containing a link to where he could listen to the album’s pre-release, adding that he was never notified that he was going to receive a copy before the interview.
âWhen I sat down to interview Adele, I honestly had no idea that I had received an email preview of her unreleased album,â he says. âI later found out that it was sent to me as an ‘e-card’ link after we landed in London the day before the interview. During my lengthy phone conversations with Sony reps in advance, I was never told that a preview copy was available. It was a major oversight on my part, but NOT a deliberate snub. This is the most important email I have ever missed and I am mortified and unequivocal.
“I am in awe of Adele’s music and the majesty of her voice, and it gnaws at me savagely to have offended her,” he continues. âOf course, I would have listened to the album if I had known a copy was coming out. It would be unforgivable arrogance not to care deliberately. But to suggest the interview was disrespectful – or that Adele walked out – is incorrect. In fact, it went well in overtime and we had a great rapport. Adele was hilarious, engaging, generous, honest and deep and I am devastated that her fans are being denied this interview â.
âFor the record,â he adds, âI never said: ‘I did not listen to your album’. I said, “I only had the privilege of hearing [the single] ‘Go Easy On Me’, and already it looks like you’ve produced something extraordinary ‘â.
So, hey, everything was very polite, and – according to Doran’s account – it was a really good interview. Maybe admitting he hadn’t heard the record resulted in a stronger report. It was perhaps the greatest interview with Adele ever recorded. But we’ll never know, because – in exchange for exclusivity – Channel Seven gave Sony the right to veto the footage before it aired. And that’s what Sony did.
Which means, no maintenance for you! Yet who doesn’t love flying halfway around the world for no reason, just as the world’s political leaders have come together to discuss the climate crisis and in the midst of a resurgent pandemic? Moments of fun!
By the way, in the interest of full disclosure, I had not listened to Adele’s ’30’ album at the time of writing this article. In my case, however, it was a deliberate snub.