Rapper agrees settlement with former label over 1992 debut album
Dr Dre has agreed an out of court settlement with his former record label Death Row Records over royalties from the sales of his 1992 debut album ‘The Chronic’, just one day before the case was due to come to trial.
Lawyers for the rapper filed a notice of settlement in a Los Angeles federal court yesterday (June 6) afternoon.
The trial, which Dre was due to testify in, would have decided whether he was entitled to 100 per cent of the profits from online sales from the album.
Details of the settlement have not been released as yet, but as result of the negotiations, ‘The Chronic’ is no longer available for purchase on iTunes.
Dre had filed against the suit against WIDEawake Death Row Records, which is the name the label was given when its original owners incurred serious financial problems and it had to be bought out by new backers.
The rapper is currently putting the finishing touches to his new album, ‘Detox’, which is due out later this year.
The release will be his first since 1999’s ‘2001’ album and Dre has indicated it will be his last full album.
Two singles have been released so far, ‘Kush’ in November last year and ‘I Need A Doctor’ in February of this year. There is no confirmed tracklisting or release date as yet.