3 Doors Down

Happy 'Days'

DoorsThe new 3 Doors Down album, "Seventeen Days," was so named for the amount of time the band had to write the songs. The set arrives this week via Republic/Universal, but the release date was locked over a year ago, thanks to a deal the band's managers stuck with Wal-Mart guaranteeing a large buy-in for the album.

Frontman Brad Arnold says that writing under such pressure did him good. "Otherwise, you end up lollygagging around," he says. "I like having the pressure." Arnold found one drawback in the process: "The only thing I would not do again is pick a single before the whole record is done," he says.

"Let Me Go" may not be Arnold's favorite song on the album (he reserves that honor for "Landing in London," which features Bob Seger), but it is resonating with fans. The tune is a top 10 track on Billboard's Active Rock chart and top 20 on the Modern Rock and Adult Top 40 tallies.

And while there are midtempo ballads like "Let Me Go" on "Seventeen Days," the project largely showcases the band's harder edge. "A lot of times, you write what you long to play live," Arnold says. "With the last record softer, we wanted something more gritty this time."

3DD has logged six No. 1s on various Billboard charts, including "When I'm Gone," which was the most-played song at radio in 2003, according to Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems.