You might vaguely remember a 2008 fire at Universal Studios in Hollywood. A new New York Times article claims that as a result of that fire, more than 500,000 original master recordings where destroyed, some belonging to some of the most legendary artists including R.E.M., Nirvana, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, John Coltrane, Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, Janet Jackson, Aretha Franklin. As the article states, the press surrounding the fire back in 2008 focused more around the loss of theme park attractions like "King Kong".
Universal is disputing the article, stating it contains "numerous inaccuracies, misleading statements, contradictions, and fundamental misunderstandings of the scope of the incident and affected assets". That sounds very fancy and "lawyery".