(AllHipHop News) The master recordings of 50 Cent, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Aretha Franklin were destroyed in a massive fire at Universal Studios in Hollywood. Nearly 500,000 master recordings of songs was destroyed in the blaze.
The fire occurred on June 1, 2008, but it is just now being disclosed in a story by the New York Times Magazine.
It was well known that a fire burned down Building 6197 of the facility, but at that time, it was only revealed that a King Kong "attractions," reels and videos were lost in the tragic occurrence.
Now, the masters of legendary artists like Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Tupac Shakur, Eminem, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, and others were also lost. Universal Music Group released a confidential report in 2009 that made the startling admission.
The New York Times Magazine:
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.
This is the "biggest disaster in the history of the music business," according to the Times.