UMG Kept a Secret List of Masters Destroyed In the Fire — The New York Times Just Published It

June 25

  Nirvana, Aretha Franklin, Tupac, Elton John and hundreds more legendary artists lost masters in a 2008 Universal Music fire, a disaster dubbed “The Day the Music Burned."

Previously, Universal Music Group had refused to disclose any list detailing its losses in the 2008 Universal Studios fire. Now, the New York Times is releasing it for them.

Late Tuesday, Times investigatory reporter Jody Rosen released a list of more than 700 artists impacted by the 2008 Universal Studios fire. Those artists were tracked in a confidential list maintained by Universal Music Group, and subsequently leaked.

The latest report adds 700 additional names to that original list. Appropriately, the follow-up article is titled “Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire.” Scroll down to the bottom, and you’ll be treated to an exhaustive (and depressing) list of artists whose masters were included in the confidential file.

In total, it’s estimated that half-a-million masters and other recorded materials were destroyed in the inferno.

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