Universal confirm Soundgarden, Nirvana, R.E.M. masters lost in fire

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Universal Music Group (UMG) has confirmed that recordings by Elton John, Nirvana, Beck are among 19 specific artists whose recordings were damaged or destroyed during a backlot fire on the Universal Studios Hollywood lot in 2008.

"These new documents do not specify which recordings by these 19 artists were lost or damaged, but Rolling Stone notes "...there is a section in the filing that quotes an alleged UMG response to a discovery query, in which the label seems to confirm that "certain original master recordings" belonging to Beck, Adams, John, Y&T and Nirvana were "affected" by the fire. Other affected recordings included: an R.E.M. "reel marked "flat" from a song on a soundtrack, though UMG said it had copies; "certain original flat mixes" from Sheryl Crow, though UMG also said it had replacements; and "certain multitrack drum work tapes" from Michael McDonald, with no mention of any back-ups.

Thousands of other artists have been reportedly affected by the fire.

Per Rolling Stone, the artists were listed in new documents from the current class action lawsuit against UMG, and the affected artists are the following: Elton John, Nirvana, Sheryl Crow, Soundgarden, R.E.M., Beck, Bryan Adams, Slayer, Peter Frampton, Michael McDonald, Les Paul, ...

While the specific recordings have not been identified, this marks the first time artists have been named who lost material in the fire.

The names were confirmed by UMG during a discovery inquiry in the lawsuit, with lawyers of the artists who sued the music organization asking for a detailed breakdown of exactly what was affected by the fire. Howard King - a lawyer for one of the artists involved in the class-action - called the discrepancy between their initial findings and their now-reported 19 artists "inexplicable".

"Widespread claimed 17,000 artists have been affected by the fireside as soon as they've been suing for damages". Recognizing the lack of merit of their original claims, plaintiffs' attorneys are now willfully and irresponsibly conflating lost assets (everything from safeties and videos to artwork) with original album masters, in a desperate attempt to inject substance into their meritless legal case.

The representatives of UMG and the 19 artists mentioned in the presentation have not yet responded to the development.

Whereas UMG declare to have backups and copies of among the recordings, they did not go into element about what they did or did not have.

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