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Eminem and Tupac music ‘lost in fire’

Eminem and Tupac music ‘lost in fire’
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Eminem and Tupac music ‘lost in fire’


Eminem and Tupac music ‘lost in fire’

 

Recordings by Sir Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Nirvana, Eminem and thousands more were destroyed in a fire in 2008, according to a New York Times report.

They were lost when a blaze swept through a warehouse at Universal Studios Hollywood, causing extensive damage that was downplayed at the time.

About 500,000 master recordings — many of them historically significant — were destroyed in the fire. The recordings were some of the items in a vault that was consumed by the flames that day, along with several movie sets and a King Kong exhibit.
The list of artists whose recordings were destroyed reads like a musical hall of fame roll call: Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Judy Garland, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Ray Charles, Elton John, the Eagles, Aerosmith, the Police, Janet Jackson, Nirvana, Tupac Shakur, Eminem and many others. Even the first appearances on record by Aretha Frankin were lost.

“Lost in the fire was, undoubtedly, a huge musical heritage,” it added.

In a statement on Tuesday, UMG acknowledged the fire had been “deeply unfortunate” but disputed the New York Times’ reporting.

“The incident… never affected the availability of the commercially released music nor impacted artists’ compensation,” it said.

“The story contains numerous inaccuracies, misleading statements, contradictions and fundamental misunderstandings of the scope of the incident and affected assets.”

 

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