Thanks to the biopic The Dirt, Mötley Crüe popularity is rising again. The band’s sales and streams have increased dramatically since the release of the movie on Netflix. On iTunes alone, downloads were up 2027%. Now the movie’s soundtrack has hit the Billboard Top 10.
This week it was announced that the album reached 30,000 units by the end of March. 15,000 of that number were in album sales. This is Crüe’s ninth album to hit the Top 10.
For the film, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars returned to the studio. There are four new songs: “The Dirt” with Machine Gun Kelly, “Ride With The Devil” and “Crash And Burn”. The fourth is a cover of “Like A Virgin” by Madonna.
Mötley Crüe’s biopic “The Dirt” was released on friday March 22 on Netflix worldwide and the reviews are good! On the most famous fan vote review website IMDB, the score is 7,4 in 10. The film is directed by Jeff Tremaine (Jackass) from a screenplay by Rich Wilkes.
In 2006, film adaptation rights to the autobiographical book The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, authored by Neil Strauss with Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, and Nikki Sixx, were bought by Paramount Pictures and MTV Films. At the time, Larry Charles was tapped to direct the film. However, production on the film stalled and in 2008 Sixx spoke of his frustration in an interview stating:
“We’re trying to get them out of the way to make this movie that should have been made a long time ago. MTV has become bogged down in its own way. It’s a channel that used to be hip and has now actually become unhip. We signed with them because we believed they were right, but they haven’t come to the table. We need to find the right partner. They are not the right partner.”
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