Rapper Snoop Dogg must reach a settlement with his former label Priority Records within the next three weeks - or the unpaid royalties case will go to trial, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ruled. The Signs hitmaker - real name Cordozar Calvin Broadus - filed suit against the label in 2006, accusing Priority Records of failing to pay up $2 million (GBP1 million) in outstanding royalties. He also claimed he had yet to receive a $950,000 (GBP475,000) advance for his 2000 album Tha Last Meal, while Priority failed to consult him over the greatest hits LP The Best of Snoop Dogg, which they released without his consent in October 2005. The two parties have both revealed they are close to reaching an agreement over the allegedly overdue payments, but needed more time to resolve all issues. However, at a court hearing on Thursday (06Mar08), Judge Helen I. Bendix set a deadline of 26 March (08) for any settlement to be reached. If Snoop and Priority still disagree by that date, Bendix will either set a trial date or refer the case to the Superior Court's Alternative Dispute Resolution programme. Snoop Dogg is now signed to Geffen/Interscope Records.