3 Doors Down's "Seventeen Days" (Republic/Universal) was the album of choice for Valentine's shoppers, coming in this week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The group notches the best sales week of its c
3 Doors Down's "Seventeen Days" (Republic/Universal) was the album of choice for Valentine's shoppers, coming in this week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The group notches the best sales week of its career, moving 231,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"Seventeen Days," the band's third studio effort, sends the Game's "The Documentary" (Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope) down to No. 2 on a 17% sales decline from last week to 158,000.
3 Doors Down's previous high was with 2002's "Away From the Sun," which opened and peaked at No. 8 with 115,000 units and has sold 3.3 million to date. The trio's 2000 debut, "The Better Life," has notched 5.2 million.
The winner of the Grammy for best rock album, Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise) holds at No. 3 for a second week on a 20% increase to 135,500.
Brian McKnight earns the highest-charting album of his career with "Gemini" (Universal Motown), at No. 4 with 103,000. His last three studio sets debuted and peaked at No. 7. McKnight's best-selling week came in 1999 with "Back at One," which sold 169,000 units during Christmas; the set remains his best-selling title to date, at 2.4 million.
Sony BMG/WEA/Universal/RLG's "Totally Country Vol. 4" enters at No. 5 with 98,000 units. Featuring hits by Toby Keith, Gretchen Wilson and Los Lonely Boys, the set scores the highest position for the series so far. 2003's "Totally Country Vol. 3" bowed at No. 37.
Despite a 2% gain to 96,000, John Legend's "Get Lifted" (Good Music/Columbia) slips 5-6.
Michael Bublé debuts at a career-high No. 7 with "It's Time" (Warner Bros.), selling 93,000 units. Last year's "Come Fly With Me" debuted and peaked at No. 55 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% slope to 89,000, while Tina Turner's "All the Best" (Capitol) falls 2-9 on a 28% decline to 88,000. Usher's "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba) logs a second week at No. 10 on 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), at 83,000 units. Her previous best was 2002's "Something Worth Leaving Behind," which peaked at No. 16 and has sold 289,000 to date.
Grammy topper Ray Charles earns this week's greatest gainer award, as "Genius Loves Company" (Concord/Hear Music) zooms 24-15 on a 73% jump to 74,000. Meanwhile, Rhino's "Ray" soundtrack climbs 17% to 62,000 but falls 16-18.
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 benefit from Valentine's Day shopping, with a 14% increase over last week to 13 million units. This is up 2.6% from the same week last year. Year-to-date sales are down 6.6% at 6.5 million units.