Mötley Crüe Land A Billboard Top Ten Spot For The First Time In Over A Decade
With their Netflix biopic The Dirt continuing to pick up steam, Mötley Crüe are seeing a side effect of the movie’s popularity: they’re back on the charts. According to Billboard, the soundtrack to The Dirt has landed the band the Number 10 spot on the Billboard 200 chart — the first time they’ve broken the Top 10 in over a decade.
The soundtrack debuted with 30,000 equivalent album unit sales, of which 15,000 were traditional album sales. This was calculated using Billboard combination of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA), and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The last time the Crüe broke into the Top 10 was for the band’s last studio album, Saints Of Los Angeles, which debuted and peaked at Number 4 in July of 2008.
The soundtrack for The Dirt includes a song named after the film featuring rapper Machine Gun Kelly, who portrays drummer Tommy Lee in the movie.
Discussing his portrayal in the film, Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx said, “I mean there is some behavioural stuff in there that is just dumb. We were stubborn and determined and wild as fuck, and there was nothing out there that was like us. We could do anything that we wanted to, because we were the new thing that was happening. It was the lifestyle – it was sex and drugs and musicianship and songwriting. It was a different time. We left to go on tour with Ozzy [Osbourne, in the U.S. in 1984] and we really never came home. And when we did come home we were in the studio. We did a cover of a Brownsville Station song [Smokin’ In The Boys Room] and Home Sweet Home, which were all over MTV, then we were out playing in arenas, and sometimes in stadiums.
“So people ask us about the Sunset Strip scene, and the truth is that we really didn’t know what was happening because we were kind of gone,” he continues. “I don’t mean any offence to the bands who were there, but to me they just seemed very samey. They gave raw, dirty rock’n’roll a bad name. And we didn’t want to be a part of that. When people say, ‘Oh, those guys were assholes, they didn’t really play fair with others,’ well, the reason for that is because we didn’t really want to play fair with others. And I know that makes me sound like an asshole, but at least I own it.”
The chart featuring the soundtrack to Mötley Crüe’s The Dirt will be posted on Billboard’s website tomorrow.
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