Following up a story we posted last week about the 2008 fire at a warehouse owned by Universal Hollywood Studios where hundreds of master tapes by Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, and Soundgarden were destroyed.
An investigation by the New York Times revealed that hundreds of masters by Universal artists throughout the decades were lost in the fire, and as we explained, this now hinders the possibilities of high-quality reproductions in the future.
UMG has now responded by disputing the claims by putting out the following statement via Variety to address the fire.
“Music preservation is of the highest priority for us and we are proud of our track record. While there are constraints preventing us from publicly addressing some of the details of the fire that occurred at NBCUniversal Studios facility more than a decade ago, the incident – while deeply unfortunate – never affected the availability of the commercially released music nor impacted artists’ compensation.”
The statement goes on to talk about “the tens of thousands of back catalog recordings that we have already issued in recent years”. These apparently covers some of the master-quality, high-resolution, audiophile versions of many recordings that our story claims were destroyed in the fire.
The statement continued: “UMG invests more in music preservation and development of hi-resolution audio products than anyone else in music”
Now that the news is common knowledge a few of the bands affected have come forward claiming that they had not been informed and had no idea they were among the artists who had their masters destroyed in the 2008 fire.
This story is far from over…