Many years ago, there was a disastrous fire at Universal Studios in Hollywood. Flames started burning down parts of 6197 Building (the video vault), In the early hours of 1 June 2008. A lot of film reels and videos were damaged because of the flames. Nevertheless, a new article by the New York Times Magazine is reporting that about 500, 000 song titles were also irreparable as a result of the damages. The information had never been unveiled until now, where legendary artists like Tupac Shakur, Eminem, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Snoop Dogg, and more are all damaged.

Advertisement

Andrew Gombert-Pool/Getty Images

Universal had originally said that the King Kong attraction and a video vault were burnt down yet it turns out that they were hiding the fact that plenty of master recordings also damaged in the fire. In a private report by UMG in 2009, the company admitted that half a million song titles were also lost.

Photo by Andrew Gombert-Pool/Getty Images

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – JUNE 01: (AFP OUT) Approximately 400 firefighters from the Los Angeles area battled a huge fire on the backlot of Universal Studios June 1, 2008 in Universal City, California. The fire consumed at least one building, the “King Kong” exhibit, several movie sets, and damaged a video vault. (Photo by Andrew Gombert-Pool/Getty Images)

The artists that lost masters in course of the fire are Aretha Franklin, whose first recorded appearances are gone forever, Buddy Holly, who lost almost his entire catalog, and Etta James, who lost her hit single “At Last. ” and more hip-hop stars that also lost their music in the fire too including Eminem, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, The Roots, Tupac Shakur, and others.

The article notes that got burnt in the fire was the “biggest disaster in the history of the music business, ” which sounds accurate. Losing 500, 000 masters.

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – JUNE 01: (AFP OUT) Approximately 400 firefighters from the Los Angeles area battled a huge fire on the backlot of Universal Studios June 1, 2008 in Universal City, California. The fire consumed at least one building, the “King Kong” exhibit, several movie sets, and damaged a video vault. (Photo by Andrew Gombert-Pool/Getty Images)

Advertisement