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Sheryl Crow has confirmed the master tapes of her hit albums Tuesday Night Music Club and The Globe Sessions were among those destroyed in a fire 11 years ago.


Crow said she only found out about her tapes' destruction after a report this month in The New York Times revealed the extent of the damage in the Universal Studios blaze - described as "the biggest disaster in the history of the music business".

Universal Studios fire in 2008

Image:The blaze struck Universal Studios in Los Angeles in June 2008

The 57-year-old star said "all her masters" were wiped out when the sound recordings library was hit by the fire in the Los Angeles backlot on 1 June 2008.

The paper reported that Universal Music estimated in a confidential report a year after the fire that around half a million song titles in the archive were gone.



Crow, who had seven US top 10 albums between 1995 and 2008, is the first artist to confirm the loss of their recordings since the article was published two weeks ago.

The performer, whose biggest hits include All I Wanna Do and If It Makes You Happy, told the BBC: "I can't understand, first and foremost, how you could store anything in a vault that didn't have sprinklers.