February 11, 2008 05:51:20 GMT
Dr. Dre has asked for sales and marketing documents from Death Rows Records through U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Dr. Dre is continuing his investigation on the amount Death Row Records owe him for the unpaid royalties. On Tuesday, February 5, the producer slash rapper has requested to acquire documents from the label through U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
According to a press release, the documents will help Dre whose real name is Andre Young to determine how much Death Row owe him in royalties since his 1992 solo album, "The Chronic" was released under the label. Dre, for a fact, had filed several lawsuits over the years with the last in August 2007 claiming he was the rightful owner to the albums right after the label lost its control through a court decision.
Dre who also took part in establishing the label in 1991 initially agreed to sign up with the label if royalties are paid. However, he gave up his ownership in 1996 on the condition that the royalties to the albums prior the agreement keep flowing in to him.
Problems occurred when Death Row allegedly broke the agreement and granted another recording company the rights to Dre's recordings.
Among the documents that Dre is trying to obtain are marketing and sales reports which should be in his hand by February 29.
When it was released in December 1992, Dre's "Chronic" peaked at #3 on Billboard Hot 200 chart and had since sold well over 11 million copies. The producer then moved on to establish Aftermath Records in 1996 and released his sophomore set, "2001", under the new label. He is due to release a new album called "Detox" in June this year under Aftermath also.