3 Doors Down Steers Straight To No. 1
3 Doors Down's "Seventeen Days" (Republic/Universal) was the album of choice for Valentine's Day shoppers this year, as the group earns the highest-charting set and best sales week of its career with3 Doors Down's "Seventeen Days" (Republic/Universal) was the album of choice for Valentine's Day shoppers this year, as the group earns the highest-charting set and best sales week of its career with a No. 1 bow on The Billboard 200. With 231,000 U.S. copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, 3DD's third studio effort sends the Game's "The Documentary" (Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope) to No. 2 on a 17% fall to 158,000.
The Mississippi-bred rock trio's previous high came with 2002's "Away From the Sun," which opened and peaked at No. 8 with 115,000 and has sold 3.3 million to date. 2000's debut "The Better Life" has sold 5.2 million copies so far.
After taking home best rock album honors at Sunday's (Feb. 13) Grammy ceremony for "American Idiot" (Reprise), Green Day stays at No. 3 for a second week with a 20% increase. The group performed the title song during the show.
Veteran R&B artist Brian McKnight also earns the highest-charting album of his career with "Gemini" (Universal Motown), which debuted at No. 4 with 103,000 copies. His last three studio sets debuted and peaked at No. 7 on The Billboard 200, most recently, 2003's "U Turn."
At No. 5, Sony BMG/WEA/Universal/RLG's "Totally Country Vol. 4" enters with 98,000 units. Featuring hits by Toby Keith, Gretchen Wilson and Los Lonely Boys, the set is the highest-charting for the line to date. 2003's "Totally Country Vol. 3" bowed at No. 37 with 29,000 and has sold 307,000 to date.
Despite a 5-6 slip, John Legend is another Grammy performer to see a sales boost, as "Get Lifted" (Columbia) is 2% stronger this week with 96,000 copies. The R&B newcomer performed with Kanye West, Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys of Alabama during the show.
Michael Buble rounds out the top 10 debuts this week at No. 7 with "It's Time" (Warner Bros.) Known for his romantic crooning, the singer rode Valentine's Day-related sales of 93,000 for his third studio set, which is also his highest-charting. Last year's "Come Fly With Me" debuted and peaked at No. 55 with 23,000 units and has sold 113,000 to date.
Kenny Chesney's "Be As You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair" (BNA) drops 4-8 on an 18% decline to 89,000, while Tina Turner's "All the Best" (Capitol) falls 2-9 on a 28% drop to 88,000. Usher's "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba) logs a second week at No. 10 with a 27% gain to 87,000.
At No. 12, Lee Ann Womack earns the highest-charting album of her career with "There's More Where That Came From" (MCA Nashville), which starts with 83,000 units. Previously, the country songstress' best was 2002's "Something Worth Leaving Behind," which debuted and peaked at No. 16 with 53,000 copies and has sold 289,000 to date.
With eight trophies, Ray Charles topped the Grammys and earns this week's Billboard 200 greatest gainer award with "Genius Loves Company" (Concord/Hear Music). The album zooms 24-15 on a 73% jump to 74,000 copies, while Rhino's "Ray" soundtrack climbs 17% to 62,000, despite a 16-18 fall.
Other notable debuts this week include Razor & Tie's "Fired Up 2" at No. 48, K-Ci & JoJo's "All My Life: Their Greatest Hits" (No. 52, Geffen), Tracy Byrd's "Greatest Hits" (No. 61, BNA) and Krayzie Bone's "Gemini: Good vs. Evil" (No. 69, Ball'R Records).
Overall U.S. sales benefited from Valentine's Day shopping with a 14% increase over last week at 13 million units, and a 2.6% gain from the same week last year. Year-to-date sales are down from 2004 by 6.6% at 6.5 million units.