The Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt premiered on Netflix earlier this month to a very positive reaction from fans, despite the negative reviews from critics. Since its debut on March 22, the band have seen a massive spike in both streams and record sales from across their entire catalog.
According to an official press release, the combined streams between Mötley Crüe’s back catalog and The Dirt’s soundtrack have seen a 570 percent increase on Spotify and a 900 percent increase on Apple Music.
The number of Apple iTunes downloads also increased by 2027 percent.
Prior to the biopic and soundtrack’s release, the band dropped their collab with Machine Gun Kelly (who also plays Tommy Lee in the film). “Thhe Dirt (Est. 1981)” premiered on Sex Pistols’ guitarist Steve Jones show “Jonesy’s Jukebox.”
While on Jones’ show, bassist Nikki Sixx revealed there would be three other new tracks coming out at a later date, which include “Ride With The Devil,” “Crash And Burn” and “Like A Virgin.”
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Currently The Dirt holds an 85 percent Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes contrasting to a mere 42 percent score from critics.
Sixx reacted to the negative reviews from critics, taking to Twitter to voice his opinion.
“The album is number #1.The fans are going crazy over #TheDirt. The critics hate it,” Sixx wrote.
— 🎥 xxıS ıʞʞıN 🎥 (@NikkiSixx) March 23, 2019
The Dirt is based on the memoir Mötley Crüe wrote in 2001 of the same name. The book was apparently MGK’s “bible” growing up, even though he realizes that might have been a bit problematic.
“When you’re 13, you don’t really understand problems too much, so you’re just looking at all the things that glitter. It wasn’t until we were on set and doing these scenes that we were like, ‘Whoa, this is dark. What are people going to think about this?’” the rapper said. “But there’s something about the truth in that book — the fact that you do fall in love with these people [who] then do this giant nose dive into this dark place.”
The Dirt is available on Netflix now. You can watch the trailer below.
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