Andre “Dr. Dre” Young has been battling Death Row Records (a label he co-founded but later left) for years, and on Tuesday U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder ruled in his favor.
Judge Snyder's ruling states that Death Row Records does not have the right to sell Dr. Dre's rap album, "The Chronic," and adds Dr. Dre has received far less money than he is due for it.
“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 own artists,” Dre’s lawyer, Howard King, wrote in a statement.
The ruling does not call for a halt of digital sales of Dr. Dre's music but rather allows him to receive 100 percent of the proceeds says King. The ruling states that Death Row Records does not have the right to put Dre’s music on any other albums, including compilations.
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Billboard.biz Bulletin – April 21, 2011