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A 23-year-old Dr. Dre album will go digital as Apple Music exclusive

Apple Music has snapped up another digital exclusive ahead of the long-awaited launch on Tuesday.

Apple employee Dr. Dre will release his critically-acclaimed 1992 solo album The Chronic on the streaming platform.

Why is this significant, you ask? Well, because the album has slipped through the cracks and has never been available legally digitally. It wasn’t even available on Beats Music, the precursor to Apple’s entry into the streaming market.

The report from Rolling Stone, which calls it one of 500 greatest albums of all time, was confirmed earlier on Monday by Apple (via 9to5Mac).

The site says the absence of the album from digital services can in part be explained by a legal battle over the rights with Death Row Records. Dre won back the rights in 2011.

In terms of other exclusives, Apple Music will exclusively boast a new track from Pharrell Williams, while it has also secured the rights to Taylor Swift’s 1989 album.

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Dr. Dre is set to play a major role in Apple Music with his radio show called The Pharmacy set to air on the Beats 1 station, which begins broadcasting at 9am Pacific Time (5pm UK time) on Tuesday.

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