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Eminem, Tupac & 50 Cent's Masters Destroyed In Massive 2008 Fire

  Jun 11, 2019 15:04
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The fire is being called "the biggest disaster in the history of the music business."

Over a decade ago, there was a devastating fire at Universal Studios in Hollywood. Flames started to burn down parts of Building 6197, which was known as the video vault, during the early hours of June 1, 2008. If you're familiar with the situation, you know that plenty of film reels and videos were destroyed because of the flames. However, a new article by the New York Times Magazine is reporting that approximately 500,000 song titles were also irreparable because of the damages. That information had never been disclosed until now, where legendary artists like Tupac Shakur, Eminem, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Snoop Dogg, and more are all affected.


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Universal had originally only said that the King Kong attraction and a video vault were burnt down but it turns out that they were hiding the fact that tons of master recordings also perished in the fire. In a confidential report by UMG in 2009, the company admitted that around half a million song titles were lost as well. 

Of the artists that lost masters in the fire are Aretha Franklin, whose first recorded appearances are gone forever, Buddy Holly, who lost nearly his entire catalog, and Etta James, who lost her hit single "At Last." There are several hip-hop stars that lost music in the fire too including Eminem, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, The Roots, Tupac Shakur, and others.

The article notes that the fire was the "biggest disaster in the history of the music business," which sounds accurate. Losing 500,000 masters is a big deal.


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- Jun 11, 2019

"the biggest disaster in the history of the music business." written by the actual biggest disaster in the history of music business.

johnnybrast151
- Jun 12, 2019

All trash is burnt anyways, don't see what the big problem is

LIZ SELWYN!
- Jun 12, 2019

create new ones of existing recording that were made off the masters.

Noah LaCourse
- Jun 13, 2019

Then they wouldn't be masters. Masters are in their original quality. Any recordings would likely be of a lesser quality.

Jake Pepper
- Jun 12, 2019

Michael Jackson's masters were also destroyed in the massive flames.

Tha Esho Hero💯 #FGM
- Jun 12, 2019

Fofty gon need those masters by Monday

CNote GMB
- Jun 12, 2019

Why is Em name before Pac’s oh I forgot PAC white man’s world huh:Proceed

cody condos
- Jun 12, 2019

Typical racist reply it's called alphabetical order...

BlockstarBeezy
- Jun 13, 2019

@cody condos : If that was the case 50 woulda been first. Try again.

ballur96
- Jun 12, 2019

Unbelievable! & This Is The SAME Universal, That Has Messed EVERYTHING Up, Including Sports, For YEARS.

Sherry Gaffke
- Jun 12, 2019

Why is this news NOW? This happened in '08?

ballur96
- Jun 12, 2019

Yes. I'm Now Finding This Out Myself.

Your Brown Father
- Jun 12, 2019

I told them my mixtape was fire.

QuadrupleOG
- Jun 12, 2019

😂😂😂MGK in shambles 😂😂😂 he never had his, Tupac & 50 Cent's Masters Destroyed In Massive 2008 Fire

Does a master really matter in the digital age?

Theejohnphenom
- Jun 11, 2019

It did in 2008

Jaymajorflow
- Jun 12, 2019

What does the digital age have to do wanting to own your music? Which is why artist want to own their masters

ballur96
- Jun 12, 2019

Yes.

Marcus Corvin
- Jun 12, 2019

It's does for artists who are no longer here and the ones who never saw the digital age, plus their music can't be made digital due to the fact the master copy is destroyed...

Rob007
- Jun 12, 2019

No ..the songs arent lost its just the actual song on hard storage a casseste or reel which is usually saved and stored ,all artist still own the rights they just lost the physical media it was saved on

Keante Houston
- Jun 11, 2019

The biggest disaster in hip hop history was Blueface

Jay Gatsby
- Jun 12, 2019

I concur...he's a bum

Keesh...
- Jun 12, 2019

🤣🤣🤣🤣

onyedikaeze375
- Jun 12, 2019

there are lots of names that needs to be added in that list

Sherry Gaffke
- Jun 12, 2019

I'd have to disagree and say it's been Machine Gun Kelly... ALL of MGK.

Paul Rude
- Jun 12, 2019

his verse on Tyga's album is actually terrible

onyedikaeze375
- Jun 15, 2019

@Sherry Gaffke : he's not that bad

N1
- Jun 11, 2019

Smells fishy

all old and washed

Marco Esteban
- Jun 11, 2019

Hnhh hires retarded writers, pay must suck...

Villain
- Jun 11, 2019

Just think of all the eminem music thatt wouldve been released after he retired that burned....

ballur96
- Jun 12, 2019

Eminem Succs.

Sibusiso Maboya
- Jun 13, 2019

@ballur96 : Eminem is a deepthroat queen.

trillazz150
- Jun 11, 2019

The biggest disaster in hip hop was big, pun , L and pac dying FOH

Eric Iverson
- Jun 11, 2019

Only black arist really loses masters? And em is a rapper u don't count

Swapnil Jadhav
- Jun 11, 2019

There are many countries outside USA, who only "count" Eminem and don't even know your favorite rapper's name lmao..

QuadrupleOG
- Jun 12, 2019

@Swapnil Jadhav : BOOM!!! EITHER. you killed him bro

Jamie Cirone
- Jun 12, 2019

@QuadrupleOG : you trying to say ether?dummy you must be trolling with that loser on you profile

QuadrupleOG
- Jun 12, 2019

@Jamie Cirone : no either. As in either you are a faggot, or just really love the taste of dick.

HOW SWAY!?!? SWAY HOW!?!? HOW? HOW?

tazdonbiggaveli
- Jun 11, 2019

This is very suspect....

Gary Miller
- Jun 11, 2019

Bullshit

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