Dr. Dre Sues Death Row over Unpaid Royalties
Published Feb 12, 2010Well, it seems as if Dr. Dre has a chip on his shoulder that only the courts will be able to knock off.
On Thursday (February 11), the rapper/producer filed a lawsuit against former label Death Row Records with a claim that the once-prosperous, always-notorious company has failed to pay him royalties on his 1992 debut solo effort, The Chronic, since they parted ways in 1996.
Dre also alleges that the label's recent re-release of the same recording was entirely unauthorized. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages of more than $75,000 for several claims, including breach of contract, false advertising, trademark infringement and misappropriation of publicity.
As the Associated Press reports, the suit has been filed in a federal court in Los Angeles against those responsible for reviving the once-bankrupt, now-renamed endeavour: WIDEawake Death Row Records and its parent companies.
As previously reported, the Toronto, ON-based WIDEawake Entertainment Group bought the notorious hip-hop label for $18 million in January 2009.
"When it came to paying artist royalties and honouring limits on Dr. Dre recordings that could be released, the 'new' Death Row Records, to quote our client, 'forgot about Dre,'" said lawyer/Dre representative Howard King. "This lawsuit will make sure they remember."