Tag Archives: Universal

Universal Music Group confirms list of artist masters destroyed in 2008 Fire

Posted by on February 17, 2020

We now know a little bit more about what was lost in the 2008 Universal Studios warehouse fire.  In new court filings made public on Thursday (13), Universal Music Group gave a basic account of which artists lost their master recordings in the blaze. The 19 artists on the list include Slayer, White Zombie, Soundgarden, […]

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Universal Music Group Updates staff on status of investigation into damages from 2008 fire, motions for dismissal of lawsuit

Posted by on July 22, 2019

Universal Music Group has been meticulously combing their archives recently, attempting to investigate what may have been lost in the 2008 fire that destroyed a storage facility on the backlot of NBCUniversal’s Hollywood studio. On Wednesday (17th), chief archivist Pat Kraus shared an internal memo to the company’s staff updating them on the status of […]

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More artists thought to have masters lost in Universal Music Group fire

Posted by on June 27, 2019

  It looks like more artists than originally thought may have lost their recordings in the 2008 Universal Music Group fire. A new article published in the New York Times Magazine on Tuesday (25th) lists more than 700 names believed to have lost their master tapes in the blaze. The new list of names was […]

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Lawsuit emerges in wake of Universal Music Group fire

Posted by on June 25, 2019

A class-action lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles on Friday (21st) against Universal Music Group in the wake of the 2008 fire that potentially destroyed more than 500,00 recordings. The lawsuit, which was obtained by Variety, was brought on by attorneys representing the estates of Tom Petty and Tupac Shakur, Hole, Soundgarden and Steve Earle.  […]

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Lawsuits could be coming in light of lost masters in 2008 Universal vault fire

Posted by on June 19, 2019

Last week, news broke that thousands of master tapes perished in a 2008 fire that broke out at a Universal Music Group storage facility. Now, artists who lost valuable originals in the blaze could be filing lawsuits against the label with some suits expected to come out within the next week. Attorney Howard King, partner […]

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Thousands of master recordings burned in 2008 Fire; artists and Universal respond

Posted by on June 13, 2019

The 2008 Universal Studios Hollywood backlot fire seems to have been even more catastrophic than anyone had previously known. A story published Tuesday (11th) in the New York Times Magazine details that seven decades worth of master tapes perished in the blaze, calling it “the biggest disaster in the history of the music business.” Originally […]

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Headbangers’ Brawl 12/12 – What label will Slayer reign on next?

Posted by on December 12, 2013

Headbangers’ Brawl is a column where Metal Insider’s contributors take a moment to debate and analyze two opposing sides of a topical issue occurring in the world of metal and/or the music industry. While it’s not particularly new news that Slayer was between labels, we’d initially thought it was because American Recordings might be deciding which label group […]

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