Recordings by Sir Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Nirvana, Eminem and thousands more were destroyed in a fire in 2008, according to a New York Times report.
They were lost when a blaze swept through a warehouse at Universal Studios Hollywood, causing extensive damage that was downplayed at the time.
In confidential documents issued in 2009, Universal Music Group estimated the loss amounted to 500,000 songs.
“Lost in the fire was, undoubtedly, a huge musical heritage,” it added. Read more