Rap mogul Dr. Dre has reportedly filed a lawsuit against his former record label home Death Row Records and demanded to receive a hefty pay day over disputed royalties.
Details of what Doc believes he is owed have started to surface online.
Rap great Dr. Dre is currently in a lawsuit in Los Angeles against his ex-record label Death Row Records, claiming the company has shorted him more than $3.05 million in royalties from sales of his work. The “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” singer said the number comes from unpaid amounts of $676,444.44 for unpaid mechanical royalties; $1,200,386.57 in unpaid artist-producer royalties; and $1,179,913 in digital sales he has yet to collect on. (The third total stems from a judge’s suggestion to the artist after he lost a 2010 trademark infringement suit.) (RadarOnline)
Reports also claim Dre believes he should receive an increase revenue percentage.
In legal docs, the Compton native, 48, also alludes to a discrepancy in the payments he received from the company, as he said they have yet to honor a bonus that would jump his revenues from Death Row Album sales from 18 percent to 20. Notorious rap exec Suge Knight has not been in charge of the company since 2006, after he declared bankruptcy. Subsequently, the next owner, WIDEawake, sold some of the “Been There, Done That” rapper’s songs online, paving the way for his current claims via a vis the digital sales. (RadarOnline)
Back in 2011, the Doc enjoyed a small victory against Death Row.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder ruling states that the rapper and producer has received far less money than he is due from online sales of the iconic 1992 album, which also helped launch the career of Snoop Dogg. The ruling does not call for a halt of digital sales of Dre’s music, but entitles him to receive 100 percent of the proceeds of online sales. (Associated Press)
Following the ruling, Dre’s attorney spoke on his client’s win.
“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,” Howard King said in a statement. “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.” (Statement)
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