Do you remember hearing about a fire happening on the Universal Studios backlot in Hollywood back in 2008? Here is a link to the New York Times article for those who need a refresher: http://tinyurl.com/y2jglcnc
“According to a new report from theNew York Times, a fire that swept the Universal Studios backlot in Hollywood, Calif., in 2008 resulted in massive damage that wasn’t publically reported, including losses of irreplaceable master tapes from some of country’s biggest names. Universal claimed after the fire in 2008 that the damage was “relatively minor.” The company reported that a vault of video and television media was destroyed, along with a portion of the studio tour” (Taste of Country, “LORETTA LYNN, MERLE HAGGARD + MORE CLASSIC COUNTRY RECORDINGS DESTROYED IN UNIVERSAL FIRE” http://tinyurl.com/yxqkgj7y)
“According to the original report, Universal initially claimed the damage was “relatively minor,” but internal documents published by the Times dispute that account. “The West Coast Vault perished, in its entirety. Lost in the fire was, undoubtedly, a huge musical heritage,” a memo written in March of 2009 states” (Taste of Country, “REBA MCENTIRE, GEORGE STRAIT REPORTEDLY AMONG 800+ ARTISTS WHO LOST MASTERS IN UNIVERSAL FIRE” http://tinyurl.com/yxg5zepb)
We can only imagine how these artists must feel. We’re sure it was hard enough to hear about the fire in general. But finding out over 10 years later that your masters were part of the casualty must feel like a punch to the stomach!
“The cause of the fire is now believed to have been a blowtorch used by workmen to repair the chapel roof on New England Street around 3am. They reportedly followed policy of standing watch for an hour (to spot any fire after the work) then went for a break. The fire was reported at 4.43am by a security guard. The Universal City Fire crew were on scene four minutes later, by which time a whole block of facades was engulfed” (TheStudioTour.com, “2008 Fire” http://tinyurl.com/y5w2jl64)
What are your thoughts on this whole situation? What would you do if your masters got destroyed? Let us know in the comments below.
If you do a Google search for the top country songs of all time, you will find a multitude of articles from various sources. Not all of the lists referenced below are of the same length, so we will only be sticking with the top 10 songs on each list. All songs mentioned are on the top 10 list as of 6/24/2019.
Standing on the Corner (Blue Yodel #9) – Jimmie Rodgers
Stand By Your Man – Tammy Wynette
You Don’t Know Me – Ray Charles
Mama Tried – Merle Haggard
Jolene – Dolly Parton
Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys – Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
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Jason Aldean has delivered another hit song “Gonna Know We Were Here” about a couple of adrenaline junkies and their wild night together. Aldean has been on a hot streak lately with only one of five singles not reaching the top 5 in the charts over the last decade. This is another hit that does not disappoint. “Gonna Know We Were Here” is a great country rock song that will surely get you in the mood for a party!
After four tumultuous years The King and Queen of Country are divorcing. Looks like the star of The Voice isn’t picking Miranda to be a finalist.
2. Jason Aldean and Jessica Usery
After 12 years of marriage the court docs sited “irreconcilable differences”. Translation: His wife couldn’t reconcile Jason dating former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr. Oh, he married the differences part of the irreconcilable after the breakup.
3. Shania Twain and Mutt Lange
Well maybe we should have known that this wouldn’t work. After all when you marry a man named “Mutt” …
4. Kenny Chesney and Renee Zellweger
This marriage lasted 4 months there were rumors that Kenny’s middle name was really “beard” which he denied in a sixty minutes interview. He apparently didn’t understand what it was like to be married … for four months?
5. Leann Rimes and Dean Sheremet
(where do these people get their names?) I guess Sheremet rimes with According to Sheremet the business ended up destroying them. It may have been the business or it may have been Leann’s affair with Cibrian…
Separated at birth? Nope. We’ve scoured the web this week, and much to our surprise we’ve found Greg West -a Jason Aldean Tribute Artist. A Daytona Beach, FL native moved to Nashville in 2008 hoping to break into the Country Music scene. After a rough year, West called it quits and returned home.
Much to his surprised, he soon discovered that he had a “twin” by the name of Jason Aldean, and his career soon took off. Watch the video and learn more about the Jason Aldean tribute artist.
What do Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, and Jason Aldean all have in common? They are the only platinum selling artists of 2014. In an interview with Express, Aldean reflected upon the best selling Country Album of the year Old Boots, New Dirt.
“We put so much time and passion into choosing the best songs for this album, and this brings a lot of hard work full circle for me. It’s like Christmas came early! I couldn’t do it without the best country music fans in the world, who never stop believing in what I do and always follow me, even if I may take a creative left turn every now and then.”
Unfortunately for fans, they can’t stream his music online. He was one of several artists like Taylor Swift who pulled the album off Spotify. His main intent was to purposely fairly compensate all the individuals who contributed to the album.
Listen to “Burnin’ It Down” the lead single off they album below.
Jason Aldean is following in Taylor Swift’s footsteps. How so? On Monday Jason Aldean’s New Album “Old Boots, New Dirt” was pulled off from Spotify streaming, a move Taylor Swift did with her new release 1989. The Associate Press confirmed via a representative from Aldean’s label, Broken Bow Records, that the album had been removed
The new release has sold more than 467,000 copies and hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Even after three million streams on Spotify, Aldean’s team has pulled the plug. Why are artists starting to remove they’re music from the streaming service?
Jason Aldean scored it big with “Burnin’ It Down.” The song has gone 1 for the 12th time and is featured on his new album, Old Boots, New Dirt.
But did you know this song was actually cowritten by Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard? It was supposed to be a hit for the group, but they couldn’t release it for a another year.
Tyler Hubbard told ABC News Radio “The timing was tough on it. We were listening to it one day, and I think it was B.K. that said, ‘Hey dude, I think Jason would kill this song. We should try to give it to him, and at least let him hear it.’
And the next thing they knew, he was cutting it.
The duo praised Jason for his take on the song, and have since seen tremendous success on their own with the chart topping hit “Dirt” and latest single, “Sun Daze.”
They are currently special guests on Aldean’s Burn It Down Tour.