Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ Returns To Streaming For 30th Anniversary

The Chronic, the solo debut album from seven-time Grammy-winning artist and producer Dr. Dre, is marking its 30th anniversary February 1 with a return to streaming services after nearly a year away and a re-release by its original distributor Interscope Records.

“I am thrilled to bring The Chronic home to its original distribution partner, Interscope Records,” Dre noted in a press release. He called the opportunity to work with Interscope to re-release the album and make it available to fans around world “a full circle moment for me.”

Dr. Dre is without a doubt one of the most iconic and groundbreaking artists in the modern era,” said Steve Berman, vice chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M. “He has also used his platform to fuel some very impactful philanthropic efforts that will ensure his legacy is felt for generations to come. Dre’s solo career all started with the The Chronic, one of the most celebrated recordings of all time. To have this album at Interscope once again where we work with Dre and his amazing team at Aftermath day in and day out is incredibly gratifying for me personally and all of us at Interscope.”

First released December 15, 1992, on Death Row Records/Interscope, The Chronic peaked at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and has spent 97 weeks on the chart since its release. The album also spawned three top 40 hits on the Hot 100, including top 10 records with “Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang” (No. 2) featuring Snoop Dogg and “F— Wit Dre Day” (No. 8). Last June, Rolling Stone placed The Chronic on its 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time List, noting the album “redefined the West Coast Hip Hop sound.”

The re-release is being accompanied by a special merch collection which will be available on www.interscope.com.

“From my first day at Interscope the significance of Dr. Dre as a foundational artist at this label was incredibly important to me,” John Janick, Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M. “We take our responsibility to Dre and his amazing body of work very seriously and we are honored to work closely with him on this re-release of one of the most important albums of all time.”

Last year Dre performed during the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show, alongside Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and 50 Cent. His setlist was anchored by hits such as The Next Episode and the 2Pac-led California Love, and earned him his first Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special (Live).

Earlier this month reports surfaced that Dre was selling his music assets to Universal Music Group and Shamrock Capital in a deal estimated to be exceed $200 million.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/cathyolson/2023/02/01/dr-dres-the-chronic-returns-to-streaming-for-30th-anniversary/