Dr Dre files lawsuit against Death Row Records for $3 million in unpaid royalties

He is also chasing the label he co-founded for digital sales payments

Dr Dre has filed a lawsuit against Death Row Records for $3 million (£1,824,597) in unpaid royalties.

In legal documents, reports Radar Online, the hip-hop artist and producer is chasing the label that he co-founded and who also released his classic 1992 album ‘The Chronic’ for $676k (£411k) for unpaid mechanical royalties, $1.2m (£730k) in unpaid artist-producer royalties as well as $1.179m (£717k) in digital sales. Death Row Records filed for bankruptcy in 2006 but was bought out by the WIDEawake Entertainment Group, Inc for $18 million (£10,947,582).

Last year Dr Dre was named the third richest artist in hip-hop by Forbes. The artist formerly known as ‘P Diddy’ came out on top of the Cash Kings list of the highest-paid stars in hip-hop after raking in an estimated $50 million (£31.2 million) over the course of 2013, with his financial success attributed to the launch of his Ciroc vodka brand in addition to his record label Bad Boy and Sean John clothing line.

Jay-Z was second in the list, with reported earnings of $43 million (£26.9 million), while Dr Dre was third with $40 million (£25 million). Fourth-placed entry Nicki Minaj, meanwhile, was the only female artist to be included in the Top 10, with her total of $29 million (£18 million) enough to put her ahead of Birdman, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Ludacris and Pitbull.