11 years ago, a brutal fire happened at Universal Studios. After the investigation, it is now confirmed that the fire destroyed hundreds and thousands of recordings by world famous artists.
When the fire breaks out, the majority focused on the loss from the video vault. But it only contains a copy of old works. But after this investigation, thousands of original masters and recordings of classic pieces of music were lost.
According to the Times, a court document from 2009 estimated the “assets destroyed” at 118,230. But another confidential report obtained by the paper has Universal Music Group saying “an estimated 500K song titles” were destroyed.
Below are some of the images on the scene.
A conservative estimate of the music lost includes recordings by Ray Charles, B.B. King, the Four Tops, Joan Baez, Neil Diamond, Cat Stevens, Al Green, Guns N’ Roses, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Buffett, the Eagles, Snoop Dogg, Janet Jackson, Nirvana, Eminem, 50 Cent and the Roots.”
There were also masters from the labels MCA, ABC, A&M, Geffen, and Interscope.
If you’re wondering why we hearing this now is because documents from the company have been laid out during ongoing litigation.
Read the full article about the fire at Universal Studios on New York Times on here.