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Motley Crue Scores First Top 10 Album in More Than a Decade on Billboard 200 With ‘The Dirt’ Soundtrack

Mötley Crüe's scores their first top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart in more than a decade, as "The Dirt" soundtrack debuts in the top 10.

Mötley Crüe earns its first top 10 album in more than a decade on the Billboard 200 chart, as the band’s soundtrack to The Dirt debuts at No. 10. The set launches with nearly 30,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending March 28, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 15,000 were in album sales.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new April 6-dated chart (where The Dirt starts at No. 10) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s websites on April 2.

Mötley Crüe last visited the top 10 with their most recent studio effort, Saints of Los Angeles, which debuted and peaked at No. 4 on the July 12, 2008-dated chart. All told, The Dirt is the act’s ninth top 10 effort overall. The quartet claimed its first top 10 set with their studio set, Theatre of Pain, which climbed to a No. 6 peak in 1985.


The Dirt is the companion album to the film of the same name, which is based on the band’s 2001 autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. The film The Dirt premiered on Netflix on March 22.

The Dirt album features familiar hits from the band’s catalog (including the top 40-charting Hot 100 singles “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Dr. Feelgood” and “Home Sweet Home”) along with four new recordings. Among the new tracks are “The Dirt (Est. 1981),” featuring Machine Gun Kelly (who plays the band’s Tommy Lee in The Dirt), and a cover of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin.”