The fire is being called “the biggest disaster in the history of the music business.”
It’s been approximately a decade now when the Universal studios in Hollywood got in flames. Devastating fire started to burn part of Building 6197 which was known as the video vault.
For those who are familiar with the situation, they can testify that lots of film reels and videos were destroyed due to this devastating fire.
Anyways, there’s something some people didn’t know. New York Times Magazine reports that about 500,000 song titles were also irreparable as a negative effect of this damage. This information was revealed just of recent, it wasnt revealed before.
Rap legends like Tupac Shakur, Eminem, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Snoop Dogg, and more are all affected.
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Universal which was burnt in 2008 had disclosed the damaging of the King Kong attraction and a video vault but it seems they failed to reveal that tons of recordings perished too in the fire.
In a confidential report by UMG in 2009, the company admitted that around half a million song titles were lost as well.
Some artists who lost masters due to the flames are : Aretha Franklin, whose first recorded appearances are gone forever, Buddy Holly, who lost nearly his entire catalog, and Etta James, who lost her hit single “At Last.” There are several hip-hop stars that lost music in the fire too including Eminem, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, The Roots, Tupac Shakur, and others.
The article notes that the fire was the “biggest disaster in the history of the music business,” which sounds accurate. Losing 500,000 masters is a big deal.
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