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#1 OFFLINE   TRENCH

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 10:40 PM

Official article:

https://www.nytimes....recordings.html

 

Old news is being revived due to a New York Time article calling out the fact that UMG hid the... fact that masters of music recordings were actually burned in that decade-old fire. Back in 2008, they said only some old 1920s films and amusement park attraction pieces were burned, and that anything music related was backed up and no true jewels were lost. This (expose?) says otherwise.

 

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Articles

 

Smithsonian:

https://www.smithson...port-180972398/

 

Genius:

https://genius.com/a...-in-a-2008-fire

 

Reddit discussion in PopHeads:

https://www.reddit.c...as_the_biggest/

 

 

 

'The biggest disaster in the history of the music business': Universal is accused of covering up the extent of a 2008 fire that destroyed tens of thousands of iconic music recordings, including work by Buddy Holly, Elton John, Bing Crosby and Eminem
  • The fire broke out in June 2008 and destroyed parts of the Universal Studios film and TV studio in Hollywood
  • At the time, it was reported that the blaze had torn through about five structures, including a movie set, and destroyed videos and reels stored in a vault 
  • The New York Times reported on Tuesday, however, that a huge catalog of iconic music recordings also perished in the fire
  • Among the recordings lost included almost all of Buddy Holly's masters
  • Single and album masters of dozens of other artists were also destroyed
  • Citing dozens of internal company documents and confidential reports, the NYT said Universal downplayed the extent of damage
  • -dailymail.uk

 

 

 

 

A short list of musicians involved:

 

 

Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, the Andrews Sisters, the Ink Spots, the Mills Brothers, Lionel Hampton, Ray Charles, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Clara Ward, Sammy Davis Jr., Les Paul, Fats Domino, Big Mama Thornton, Burl Ives, the Weavers, Kitty Wells, Ernest Tubb, Lefty Frizzell, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Bobby (Blue) Bland, B.B. King, Ike Turner, the Four Tops, Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, Joan Baez, Neil Diamond, Sonny and Cher, the Mamas and the Papas, Joni Mitchell, Captain Beefheart, Cat Stevens, the Carpenters, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Al Green, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Elton John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Buffett, the Eagles, Don Henley, Aerosmith, Steely Dan, Iggy Pop, Rufus and Chaka Khan, Barry White, Patti LaBelle, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Police, Sting, George Strait, Steve Earle, R.E.M., Janet Jackson, Eric B. and Rakim, New Edition, Bobby Brown, Guns N’ Roses, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Sonic Youth, No Doubt, Nine Inch Nails, Snoop Dogg, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Hole, Beck, Sheryl Crow, Tupac Shakur, Eminem, 50 Cent and the Roots.

 

 

Right now Universal is denying any claims (like the corporate trash they are). Recordings of entire discographies and entire LABELS are gone. Truly disturbing. Someone on the NYT article commented that Universal should just give the rest of their masters to the Library of Congress. They still have legal rights over them and someone who actually cares will handle them... that would be a win-win.


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Posted 11 June 2019 - 10:59 PM

And this is why labels should NEVER own masters. 


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Posted 13 June 2019 - 12:20 AM

bump. more people should read about this.


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Posted 13 June 2019 - 12:57 AM

A short list of musicians involved:

 

Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, the Andrews Sisters, the Ink Spots, the Mills Brothers, Lionel Hampton, Ray Charles, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Clara Ward, Sammy Davis Jr., Les Paul, Fats Domino, Big Mama Thornton, Burl Ives, the Weavers, Kitty Wells, Ernest Tubb, Lefty Frizzell, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Bobby (Blue) Bland, B.B. King, Ike Turner, the Four Tops, Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, Joan Baez, Neil Diamond, Sonny and Cher, the Mamas and the Papas, Joni Mitchell, Captain Beefheart, Cat Stevens, the Carpenters, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Al Green, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Elton John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Buffett, the Eagles, Don Henley, Aerosmith, Steely Dan, Iggy Pop, Rufus and Chaka Khan, Barry White, Patti LaBelle, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Police, Sting, George Strait, Steve Earle, R.E.M., Janet Jackson, Eric B. and Rakim, New Edition, Bobby Brown, Guns N’ Roses, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Sonic Youth, No Doubt, Nine Inch Nails, Snoop Dogg, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Hole, Beck, Sheryl Crow, Tupac Shakur, Eminem, 50 Cent and the Roots.

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 05:48 AM

Apparently Eminem’s masters were digitally moved JUST months before the fire

https://www.google.c...-digitally/amp/

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 05:50 AM

oh geez


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