You may have seen the original article The Day the Music Burned documenting the 2008 fire that destroyed a UMG vault with lots of music inside, going back decades.

Here's a follow up, documenting UMG not telling artists over the years what happened ("I want to do a reissue, where are the masters?" "Uh, we don't know. I guess we lost them?") and the artists only found out when the above article hit. The end of the article is
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many — but not all — of the acts believed by UMG officials to have lost master recordings in the fire. It is a partial selection, culled from three separate UMG lists prepared for Project Phoenix in late 2009 and early 2010, more than a year and a half after the fire struck. These UMG lists were part of the company’s effort to compile what was referred to internally as “the God List,” a total tally of the material lost in the fire. The lists appear in company emails and other documents, a paper trail that emerged in later litigation. In one court filing in the NBCUniversal suit, UMG’s lawyers characterized the lists as the result of “a resource-intensive project to identify with reasonable certainty the Destroyed Tapes.”



Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire


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