UPDATE: Looks like we were right. Rolling Stone confirms that The Chronic will be available on Apple Music soon. Whether it’ll be on other digital streaming services remains to be seen.
You know how Dr. Dre’s The Chronic isn’t available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, or even his own music service Beats? The reason for that is unclear, but this week Dre might have taken a step towards gaining control of the album’s distribution.
The producer born Andre Young has won a lawsuit against Death Row Records for complete ownership of his debut album and 100% of the profits from the album’s sales. HipHopDX reports that a judge found Dre has not been fairly compensated for sales of The Chronic, and thus ruled in his favor.
Last year Dre sued the record label he co-found, claiming he was owed over $1.2 million for sales of his first solo album – $1.1 million for digital sales and more than $600,000 for mechanical royalties.
Dre’s attorney released the following statement:
“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 other artists. We are gratified that the federal court has unambiguously declared that Death Row has no right to engage in such tactics, and must hold all proceeds from these illicit distributions in trust for our client.”
Watch Snoop and Dre’s video for “Ain’t Nothing But A G Thang” below.