Dr. Dre Sues Death Row Records for $3 Million



Looks like the relationship between Dr. Dre and the label he once co-founded, Death Row Records, hasn’t improved over time. The music mogul is now suing Death Row for $3 million in unpaid royalties. The lawsuit, which was originally filed in December 2013, claims that Death Row owes Dr. Dre $1,200,386.57 for unpaid artist-producer royalties, $1,179,913 for digital sales, and $676,444.44 for mechanical royalties. The $3 million comes from records sold after the Death Row Estate filed for bankruptcy in 2006, according to the lawsuit.

Dr. Dre previously sued the label the same year it filed for bankruptcy over the rights to The Chronic due to unpaid royalties and, again, in 2010 for the unauthorized re-release of The Chronic Re-Lit and the unpaid royalties from those sales. This new lawsuit also claims Dr. Dre has yet to receive a bonus that would increase his earnings from Death Row album sales from 18 to 20 percent.

Some quick history: though Suge Knight is named in the lawsuit, he hasn’t been CEO of Death Row since the company filed for bankruptcy. Death Row was sold to WIDEawake Entertainment Group in 2009, and Entertainment One (eOne) now owns the rights to the label’s catalogue as of 2013.

For anyone looking to sift through the nitty-gritty law jargon, you can read the court documents via Radar Online.



  • isaac

    Greediest fuck ive ever seen

  • http://twitter.com/#!/PancakeMcKennz pancakemckennz

    Death Row is still in operation?!!

  • RobinsonSmiley

    Because demanding money that you worked for but never received is being “greedy”.

  • Dee Lockett

    Not technically. eOne basically profits from the Death Row catalogue by putting out re-releases and also from the royalities via Death Row album/song sales, and that’s really the only way the label still “operates.”

  • isaac

    It is considering that $3 million is a drop in the ocean for him, just think, he co owns Beats By Dre, he’s mentored numerous talents to stardom, and is about to start a streaming service, the fuck does he need $3 mill for?!

  • Ohms

    get that money dre

  • Yaow

    Because that’s how the game works. At least ask him for permission before you re-release his shit. I wouldn’t want to get paid for the work I did no matter what my current situation is.

  • Daniar Temirtashev

    This also opens up the possibility of Dre owning the rights to all Death Row Records songs, if he can use his money and clout to get back in it.

  • Zariis

    Your clearly a fucking idiot..

  • Maison Margiela The 23rd

    There is no such thing as being too rich to say fuck $3 Million, it’s his money

  • Rashaun Stovall

    You sir are an idiot!

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