Producer: Dr. Dre
Label: Aftermath, Interscope
Dr. Dre's 2001 album begins with the unmistakable whooshing "THX deep note" often heard at the local multiplex movie theater right as the lights go down. George Lucas' Lucasfilm had trademarked the sound—according to Lucasfilm, it was the first sound ever to be trademarked—and sued Dre for $1.5 million. Dre later replied "I tried to clear it and they said they wouldn't clear it, so I went back to the studio and created my own sound. They're saying it sounded similar, which it does. It sounds similar. But it is my sound. I created it in the studio. So that's what the lawsuit is about. I believe we're gonna end up settling and they're gonna get what I was offering in the first place."
15. Dr. Dre sampling Lucasfilm's THX deep note on "Lolo (Intro)"