It’s the start of the major part of the touring season, with the Rolling Stones, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Paul McCartney, and more on the road. Meanwhile, the summer has begun and everyone’s looking for the defining song of the season, and musicologists are still worried about the catalog losses incurred from the devastating fire at Universal Studios.
A recap of some of the top stories in music this week:
UNIVERSAL DAMAGE: The big story of the week was the further revelation by New York Times reporter Jody Rosen that 100,000 masters and 500k song titles were lost in the fire that attacked the Universal Music Group archives. The latest update quoted Bryan Adams, who was seeking materials to celebrate an anniversary and couldn’t get a straight answer on where his recordings were located. Now, in legal documents, UMG asserted that “a huge musical heritage” went up in smoke, including recordings from Decca, Chess, Impulse, ABC, MCA, Geffen, Interscope and A&M. Are they lost forever? It’s likely some copies can be found out in the world. But it’s also likely that this is one of the great intellectual property disasters of all-time. UMG already faces a lawsuit from an artist collective. More will undoubtedly follow
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