TOP TEN 08′: #10 Teddy Riley ‘Tragic Loss’

A fire at Teddy Riley’s former Future Records Recording Studio became the most tragic property related story in the music world this year. Riley’s studio, a historic landmark where hits for Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and Blackstreet, burned down in June after several months of reported financial woes. The 3, 300- square foot studio, which was slated to be auctioned off prior to the fire, opened in 1991. While Riley has moved on by establishing another company (according to Ballerstatus), the equipment and any artifacts left behind were destroyed in the fire. Authorities blamed the fire on electrical problems after conducting a several week investigation. Riley is still regarded as ‘the King of New Jack Swing’ and a pioneer in the eyes of fans, artists and producers. His work with everyone from Guy to Michael Jackson has been awarded honors including ASCAP’s 1993 award for Rhythm & Soul Songwriter of the Year.


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