UMG confirms 19 artists recordings lost, damaged during Universal Studios fire

15 Février, 2020, 06:38 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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A massive fire burned down a Universal Music Group warehouse in Florida back in 2008, but reports about what was inside - 500,000 high-quality master recordings, many of which were for iconic records - didn't surface until past year.

The list included Soundgarden, Beck, R.E.M.,.And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Bryan Adams, David Baerwald, Jimmy Eat World, Les Paul, Peter Frampton, Michael McDonald, Slayer, Sonic Youth, Suzanne Vega, The Surfaris, White Zombie, and Y&T. Universal has now responded by confirming (via filed documents) that the master recordings of 19 artists were "either damaged or destroyed" in the fire.

UMG publicly admitted specific losses for the first time as part of an ongoing lawsuit launched by several artists and musicians' estates a year ago - including those of Tupac Shakur and Tom Petty - after the New York Times published an investigation into the fire last June.

The blaze ripped by means of one of many UMG's warehouses, used for the storage of music and movie reels courting again to the 1940s, in 2008, with information of the massive loss made public following an investigative report printed within the New York Occasions final June (2019).

While the specific recordings have not been identified, this marks the first time artists have been named who lost material in the fire. The label did, however, name 19 artists whose material was either damaged or destroyed in the fire.

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The names were confirmed by UMG during a discovery inquiry in the lawsuit, with lawyers of the artists who sued the music organization asking for a detailed breakdown of exactly what was affected by the fire.

And Howard King, the artist's lawyer behind the class action lawsuit, was not impressed by UMG's reluctance to clarify the exact number of how many artists were affected.

"Widespread claimed 17,000 artists have been affected by the fireside as soon as they've been suing for damages". In the case of Adams, Nirvana, Y&T and Beck, UMG stated that it had replacements and/or safety copies for all the affected recordings. The same went for "an original master recording" belonging to Frampton, a half-inch "flat original master recording" belonging to Slayer and an original master recording of a radio transcription belonging to Les Paul. And You Know Us by the Trail of Dead, R.E.M. and Sheryl Crow an clones for digital master recordings belonging to Jimmy Eat World and White Zombie.

The label claims it informed Soundgarden in 2015 that it lost some of the stereo masters to Badmotorfinger in the blaze.


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