This website uses cookies to give you an incredible experience. By using this website you agree to the terms This website uses cookies, learn more ×

Label Worx

Top

 

NEWS NEWS

NEWS

Guns N' Roses, Eagles Masters Among 100,000 Destroyed In Fire
Posted By : Laura Holness
|
Posted Date : June 12th, 2019
A 2008 fire on the Universal Studios backlot has done far more damage than originally divulged.

In statements made public for the first time, more than 100,000 master recordings owned by Universal Music Group were lost in the blaze, including works by Elton John, the Eagles, the Police, Guns N' Roses, Nirvana and Tom Petty.

The new information comes courtesy of The New York Times Magazine, which cites internal company documents and interviews with UMG employees among their sources. One document, used in a 2009 company meeting, declares that 'lost in the fire was, undoubtedly, a huge musical heritage.'

UMG is the world's largest recording company, boasting a catalog that spans the history of recorded music. Over the course of the company's existence, it has acquired a long list of labels, including Capitol, Decca, Chess, Interscope, Island, Def Jam and more.

When word of a fire on the Universal backlot originally broke in 2008, very little was said regarding damage to the archival warehouse. The structure was referred to as a 'video vault,' while much of the focus was placed on the famous studio sound stages and filming facades that were scorched by the flames.

A 2008 Deadline report suggesting the fire had burned irreplaceable master tapes was rebuffed by UMG. Soon afterward, a Universal spokesperson denied claims that master tapes had been destroyed, telling Billboard that UMG 'had no loss.' Now, it appears, those comments were inaccurate.

In a confidential report, issued in 2009, UMG estimated that '500K song titles' were lost. In a conversation with The New York Times Magazine, Randy Aronson, UMG's former director of vault operations, admitted his employer tried to downplay the loss for fear of backlash from the public.

'The company knew that there would be shock and outrage if people found out the real story,' Aronson stated. 'They did an outstanding job of keeping it quiet. It's a secret I'm ashamed to have been a part of.'

While details on exactly which recordings were lost has not been revealed, master tapes from the following artists are believed to be among those destroyed:

Elton John
Eric Clapton
The Eagles
Aerosmith
Steely Dan
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
The Police
Guns N' Roses
Nine Inch Nails
Nirvana
Soundgarden
Tupac Shakur
Beck
Louis Armstrong
Duke Ellington
Al Jolson
Bing Crosby
Ella Fitzgerald
Judy Garland
Billie Holiday
Chuck Berry
Aretha Franklin
John Coltrane
Count Basie
Ray Charles,
Sammy Davis Jr.
Les Paul
Fats Domino
Loretta Lynn
B.B. King
Quincy Jones
Burt Bacharach
Joan Baez
Neil Diamond
Sonny and Cher
The Mamas and the Papas
Joni Mitchell
Cat Stevens
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Jimmy Buffett
Don Henley
Iggy Pop
Barry White
Patti LaBelle
Yoko Ono
Sting
R.E.M.
Janet Jackson
Queen Latifah
Mary J. Blige
Sonic Youth
No Doubt
Snoop Dogg
Hole
Sheryl Crow
Eminem
bit.ly/2KglA2H

 

Next Article : How the Moscow bass scene is tearing down the city's techno barriers

Do you have questions?

Our team of specialists are on hand to answer all of your questions so please don't hesitate to get in contact.

GET IN TOUCH

Join Label Worx today

Signing up is quick and easy using our online form. Complete this and one of our Account Managers will be in touch.

SIGN UP TODAY

More News

New DSP: Boomkat

Our News   /   September 17th, 2019

New DSP: Boomkat

Boomkat Limited is a specialist, independent online record store that has been trading since 1998 when they opened up a record store in Manchester called Pelicanneck. They have been online since 2002 and in that time they have supplied the finest Vinyl, CD, Cassette and Download releases to customers in over 100 countries. Their focus is not on any one particular type of music; instead, they are constantly on the lookout for what they consider to be the most innovative, exceptional, interesting and often overlooked music out there - regardless of where it has come from or who it is made by. We cannot guarantee acceptance, but if you think the above is for you, please let us know.

New DSP: Hard Wax

Our News   /   September 17th, 2019

New DSP: Hard Wax

Hard Wax was founded in 1989 by Basic Channel duo Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von Oswald. Built on a no-nonsense policy, this is one of the most respected record stores in Europe. With 30 years of experience, and the respect of DJ's and customers alike, Hard Wax specialises in Techno and has a boutique range of rare past and future classics. Along with the reputation, comes an expectation of selling only tracks that they approve and fit with their already extensive vinyl collection. Whist we can't guarantee acceptance, if you would like to be put forward for the opportunity to be stocked at Hard Wax, let us know.

How Clean Is Your Beatport?

Industry News   /   September 5th, 2019

How Clean Is Your Beatport?

Beatport recently announced that they will begin to delete all releases, released before January 2019, that haven't sold any units since the release date. This is intended to become a yearly occurrence from Beatport. This is not new, stores like Juno and Traxsource have been doing this for years. So even if you like it or not, it is something everyone in the music industry is going to have to get used to very soon.

Beatport refresh their Indie Dance / Nu Disco genre

Industry News   /   September 3rd, 2019

Beatport refresh their Indie Dance / Nu Disco genre

Beatport has announced a refresh of its Indie Dance/Nu Disco genre category, in recognition that each style warrants a space of its own. The existing category now becomes Indie Dance, solely showcasing that genre, while Funk/Soul/Disco is updated to become Nu Disco/Disco (including Funk/Soul as a sub-genre).

New DSP: KKBOX

Our News   /   September 3rd, 2019

New DSP: KKBOX

We are very pleased to announce another new DSP - KKBOX! Taiwan-based music streaming and download service, KKBOX has a library of over 40 million tracks. Founded in October 2004, KKBOX has agreements with a significant number of international and local labels in South-East Asia. The Service is currently live in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan. Covering a large area of South East Asia, this is a very exciting and large market, and we look forward to increasing the reach for all of our labels!

Spotify Extends Free Trail To Three Months For New Subscibers

Industry News   /   August 29th, 2019

Spotify Extends Free Trail To Three Months For New Subscibers

Apple Music has long been a thorne in Spotify's side. While Spotify has twice the subscribers than its main competitor, Spotify is now extending free trials of its Premium services to three months to match Apple's offer.

Hull's top tech firms fighting for prestigious Yorkshire Tech 50 spot

Industry News   /   August 27th, 2019

Hull's top tech firms fighting for prestigious Yorkshire Tech 50 spot

Some of Hull's top tech firms are in the running to be named as one of the most exciting companies in Yorkshire. Business Cloud's Yorkshire & Humberside Tech 50 vote will shine a light on the region's best businesses which have technology at the heart of everything they do.

Apple Music Launches New Predictive Shazam Discovery Top 50 Chart

Industry News   /   August 23rd, 2019

Apple Music Launches New Predictive Shazam Discovery Top 50 Chart

Apple Music has launched a new chart called the Shazam Discovery Top 50, a weekly global ranking of the biggest trending tracks on the music recognition platform.

How To Grow Your Career on SoundCloud...

Industry News   /   August 22nd, 2019

How To Grow Your Career on SoundCloud...

What's next in music, is first on SoundCloud, so make sure you're always ahead of the game with SC101.

New DSP: NetEase

Our News   /   August 21st, 2019

New DSP: NetEase

We are pleased to announce a new DSP - NetEase! Netease Cloud Music is a freemium music streaming service developed and owned by NetEase, Inc. and is one of the 3 main music streaming services in China. We are excited to add this DSP to our roster, and welcome the opportunities it brings for our labels.

Spotify Untold Book May Become A TV Show After Screen Rights Optioned

Industry News   /   August 20th, 2019

Spotify Untold Book May Become A TV Show After Screen Rights Optioned

Swedish authors Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud have made a splash with their book 'Spotify Inifran'

New DSP: UMA

Our News   /   August 16th, 2019

New DSP: UMA

Established in 2014 United Media Agency license music, audio and video content, as well as distributing on partner Internet sites and through their own products. UMA's regular partner is one of the largest Internet holdings in Russia - the Mail.Ru Group, whose sites reach over 85% of all Russian internet users on a monthly basis. They also hold 100% shares of Russia's most popular social network VKontakte. This is a very exciting step, and we look forward to working closely with them!

Beatport Announces Merger With Sample Store Loopmasters

Industry News   /   August 15th, 2019

Beatport Announces Merger With Sample Store Loopmasters

Beatport has announced a merger with sample store Loopmasters.

Hi-res Streaming Service Qobuz Says It Has 25k US Listeners

Industry News   /   August 14th, 2019

Hi-res Streaming Service Qobuz Says It Has 25k US Listeners

Despite all the industry-conference panels predicting that high-resolution music is the next big leap for our industry, the idea has yet to really catch fire with mainstream listeners. For sure, artists and labels like the idea of music sounding like it did in the recording studio; companies like MQA have been working hard to put together partnerships across devices and streaming services; and when surveyed, fans tend to approve of the idea of higher-quality music.

Spotify Is Still Adding More Users Across Europe And North America Than In Asia, The Middle East And Africa Combined

Industry News   /   August 13th, 2019

Spotify Is Still Adding More Users Across Europe And North America Than In Asia, The Middle East And Africa Combined

We break down Spotify's Q2 performance around the world - with some surprising results.

Insider Knowledge, Facebook Loves Music Event

Industry News   /   August 8th, 2019

Insider Knowledge, Facebook Loves Music Event

Pssttt... Don't tell anyone, but we have all the inside secrets from Facebook themselves. Last month we attended the Facebook Loves Music event at the Facebook headquarters in London. A premiere event that we couldn't turn down and we hope there will be many more to come. We found it so beneficial and interesting, we just can't keep it to ourselves any longer!

How To Get Your Track Played In Ibiza?

Industry News   /   August 5th, 2019

How To Get Your Track Played In Ibiza?

If you wanna make it on the island you need to follow this advice. Right now, hundreds of young dance music aspirants are trawling the streets of San Antonio with one thing on their mind: Breaking. The. Scene.

Forging Electronic Futures in Karachi

Industry News   /   August 2nd, 2019

Forging Electronic Futures in Karachi

Overcoming Pakistan's conservative mindset and sometimes-dangerous political tensions, a small group of artists are building a future for electronic music in Karachi.

 

c4dichewdj-voicemfitnativeprimestemstonedenyoutube