Dr. Dre wins lawsuit against Death Row Records over digital rights to The Chronic LP


According to reports, a federal Judge recently ruled that Deathrow Records does not have the rights to sell Dr. Dre‘s classic debut album, The Chronic digitally.

U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder ruled that the rapper and producer, real name Andre Young, has received far less money from online sales of the 1992 album that he was/is entitled to. Although the ruling didn’t call for the album’s digital sales to be stopped, it gives Dr. Dre entitlement to 100% of the proceeds that come for digital sales of the album.

The Judge’s ruling also stated that WIDEawake Death Row Records – as it now legally known after buying the original Death Row Records company from bankruptcy – has no right to put Dr. Dre’s music on any of their compilations or future albums.

Death Row Records continues to be able to sell and distribute The Chronic album in the formats in which the album was available before Dr. Dre’s 1996 exit agreement with the label. The formats are in CD, Vinyl, Cassette and 8-Track.

Dr. Dre’s attorney King had this to say via a statement:

“For years, Death Row Records forgot about Dre when they continued to distribute his music digitally and combined his hits with weaker Death Row tracks in an attempt to elevate the stature of their other artists. We are gratified that the federal court has unambiguously declared that Death Row has no right to engage in such tactics, and must hold all proceeds from these illicit distributions in trust for our client.”

[Source: Billboard.com]

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