Dr. Dre settles lawsuit over 'The Chronic' album sales
Dr. Dre recently settled a lawsuit over damages from unauthorized online sales of his 1992 album "The Chronic."
The rapper and producer was set to testify at trial regarding the matter this week. His attorneys filed a notice of settlement in a Los Angeles federal court on Monday, June 6, the Associated Press said.
Dr. Dre, who co-founded Death Row, had said that from 1996 until Death Row's bankruptcy in 2006, after which its assets were bought by WIDEawake Entertainment Group, "not a dime of royalties had been paid," the New York Times said.
Dr. Dre said this violated an agreement he had signed with the label, which he claimed had been selling digital versions of "The Chronic" without permission. The trial would have decided whether he was entitled to 100 percent of the profits. Lawyers for both sides have not commented on the settlement.
Dr. Dre won a legal battle over the matter in mid-April when a federal judge ruled that under the agreement, Death Row did not have the right to distribute "The Chronic" online and that the rapper and producer is entitled to damages over lost royalties from those sales. The label can, however, continue to sell "The Chronic" in other forms, namely, as CDs, records or cassettes.
"The Chronic" contains hit tracks such as "Nuthin' but a 'G"'Thang" and "Let Me Ride," both of which featured rapper Snoop Dogg. Check out a track listing here. (Warning: Record contains explicit lyrics)