22 Jun

Lawsuit Against UMB For Master Recordings

Universal Music Group is being sued by the estates of Tom Petty, Tupac, Soundgarden, Steve Earle and Hole.  Back in 2008 there was a huge fire that destroyed an estimated 500,000 master recordings by artists ranging from Nirvana to Billie Holiday.  They were held in a facility that UMG had rented from NBC and value the losses from the fire at $150 million.

According to the lawsuit its looking for:

“50% of any settlement proceeds and insurance payments received by UMG for the loss of the Master Recordings, and 50% of any remaining loss of value not compensated by such settlement proceeds and insurance payments.”

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jim Smeal/BEI/Shutterstock (766815b)
Plume of black smoke rising from the back lot
Fire at Universal Film Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, America – 01 Jun 2008
Fire erupted early Sunday morning June 1, 2008

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03 Aug

MNTB Class Pic – Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday in her dressing room and her dog ‘Mister’ in NYC 1946.

Some facts about Holiday

*Birth name is Eleanora Fagan Gough

*Holiday said about her childhood “I never had a chance to play with dolls like other kids. I started working when I was 6 years old.”

*Holiday was sent to a facility for troubled girls at 9 years old.

*After moving in with her mom in Harlem N.Y. before she was a teen, she was arrested for prostitution.

*She changed her name to Billie Holiday as an appreciation to film star Billie Dove.

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