Nearly two decades after its 2001 release, MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s autobiography, “The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band”, written by Neil Strauss and published by HarperCollins, returns as a New York Times Best Seller for the week ending April 14. It landed at No. 6 on Nonfiction Print Paperback and No. 8 on Nonfiction Combined Print & E-Book Best Sellers list.
Lynn Grady, senior VP and publisher of HarperCollins‘s William Morrow imprint Dey Street Books, said: “‘The Dirt’ by Neil Strauss and MÖTLEY CRÜE is a rock masterpiece. It’s been so great to see how both the book and the movie have worked together to inspire so much interest in the band’s music and their singular and remarkable story. And once again, the fans have spoken. This a great moment for Neil Strauss and MÖTLEY CRÜE and everyone involved in the movie.”
Added Allen Kovac, CEO of Eleven Seven Label Group, founder of 10th Street Entertainment, MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s manager and co-producer of “The Dirt” film: “The book, the music, and the movie, all at the top of the charts! HarperCollins, The Eleven Seven Label Group, the film, and Tenth Street Entertainment, taking MÖTLEY CRÜE to the top once again.”
“The Dirt” film is an unflinching and uncensored story about sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, fame, and the high price of excess. The film takes MÖTLEY CRÜE from the Sunset Strip to the world stage, and what it meant to become the world’s most notorious rock band. Early returns show the movie at 85% audience score at Rotten Tomatoes, on par with “Bohemian Rhapsody”‘s 87%.
“The Dirt Soundtrack” currently stands at No. 10 on Billboard‘s Top 200, a first in over a decade. MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s “Greatest Hits” album also returned to the Top 200 and the soundtrack landed at No. 3 on Billboard‘s Top Album and Digital Albums chart. It’s also at No. 1 on Current Hard Music Albums and Rock Albums charts and No. 1 on the Soundtrack Albums chart.
Upon its release, the 18-track soundtrack immediately went to No. 1 on the iTunes All Genres chart, ahead of the “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star Is Born” soundtracks.
The cascade of success continues with 22 chart-topping singles and seven albums on iTunes 200 across the globe and the title track, “The Dirt (Est. 1981) (Feat. Machine Gun Kelly)” currently at No. 11 on Billboard. In addition, there’s been a tremendous surge in daily streams, with an increase of eight times in average.
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