EDM All Day

Up in smoke: New report shows an estimated 500,000 songs lost in 2008 Universal Studios fire.

A breaking report from the New York Times attempts to parse through the ashes of a 2008 Universal Studios fire, revealing the extent of the devastation the flames had on Universal Music Group’s archives.

UMG, one of the world’s Big Three labels, made numerous efforts to downplay the results to the press in the time after. However, an internal document the NYT obtained from the label shows that an estimated 500,000 songs were lost in the wreckage. Original recordings and master tapes alike from industry icons like Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Tom Petty, Nirvana, and more will simply never be recovered: a resounding loss for the industry at large and an especially devastating blow for the worldwide physical recording catalog. It’s still unclear how the fire will affect artists and record reissues on an individual basis, if at all.

“Music preservation is of the highest priority for us and we are proud of our track record,” a UMG spokesperson recently told Variety.

The UMG representative went on to assert that the NYT report contains “numerous inaccuracies, misleading statements, contradictions and fundamental misunderstandings of the scope of the incident and affected assets.” However, UMG has neglected to expound on the purported shortcomings of the report in question, instead emphasizing the label’s own efforts to effectively digitizing the length of its archive.

H/T: New York Times, Variety

EDM All Day is an online music platform created in 2015 that primarily covers electronic dance music and everything that revolves around its industry.


Due to the growing number of readers, we are looking for passionate bloggers and writers who would like to take part in EDM All Day’s great mission, and offer the latest coverage on the electronic dance music industry.


If you think you are ambitious and motivated to write for us on a voluntary basis, drop us a line at [email protected] as well as some samples of your writing and we’ll get back to you within 48h.