By Benjamin Butterworth
Late Editor and Senior Reporter
It’s set to be the fastest-selling album of the year, with millions of Adele fans waiting more than five years to hear her new music.
But one man who actually received the hallowed record early managed to miss the fact he’d been sent a highly-coveted copy of the singer’s new record, 30, before its general release – and before a crucial interview with its creator.
Journalist Matt Doran realised the error when Adele asked him if he liked her album, during a very expensive set-piece interview for Australian television.
The host of Channel Seven’s Weekend Sunrise had been flown from Sydney to London on 4 November to sit down with one of the biggest singers in the world. But during the talk he was forced to confess that he had not actually listened to the prized 12-track record.
Sony withheld footage of the chat with Adele, depriving the breakfast show of a major coup, and the London-born singer’s only Australian interview.
He told The Australian newspaper he was “mortified and unequivocally apologetic” about the incident. “It was an oversight but not a deliberate snub. This is the most important email I have ever missed,” he added.
Initial reports ‘speculated Adele walked out of the interview, but the news anchor said this didn’t happen.
“Adele didn’t storm out,” he said. “In fact, it was the polar opposite. What was meant to be 20 minutes was extended to 29 minutes.
“The majority of the chat was about the album. I told her, ‘I’ve only had the privilege of hearing “Easy on Me”, but not the other tracks’.”
Doran said he had missed the email containing the preview of the album while he was flying to London, and he was “totally unaware” he was in possession of the record – which was only publicly released on Friday, weeks after the London trip.
He was not seen on screen for two weeks after the incident – however, he said he had not been formally suspended by the station.
Meanwhile a fellow journalist of the same name – a political correspondent – , called on Adele fans to stop targeting him with criticism. “Go easy on me…” he wrote online.