‘Seventeen’ sizzling

3 Doors Down disc leads strong debuts

Mississippi rockers 3 Doors Down saw their best sales week ever as “Seventeen Days” (Republic/Universal) debuted at No. 1 for the week heading into Valentine’s Day.

Disc sold 231,000 copies in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Act’s last album, 2002’s “Away From the Sun,” opened with 115,000 sold and has moved more than 3.3 million. Their debut, which connected the act with mainstream America in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, has a cume of more than 5 million.

The top 10 was jostled by three other debuts. Brian McKnight’s eighth album, “Gemini” (Motown), sold 103,000 to land at No. 4; the fourth volume of “Totally Country” (Sony BMG) sold 98,000 to take fifth place; and crooner Michael Buble’s “It’s Time” (143/Reprise) hit No. 7 on sales of 93,000.

Lee Ann Womack’s “There’s More Where That Came From” (MCA Nashville) sold 83,000 (No. 12); “Fired Up Vol. 2,” Razor & Tie’s compilation of club hits, opened at No. 48, selling 29,000; and K-Ci & JoJo hits collection “All My Life” (Geffen), sold 26,000 to start at No. 52.

Last week’s chart topper the Game saw his Interscope album “The Documentary” slide to No. 2 on sales of 158,000. Green Day, which shot a VH1 “Storytellers” on Tuesday to air April 3, stayed at No. 3 on sales of 135,000, a 23,000-unit bump from the previous week.

Green Day and other Grammy Awards winners and performers should see significant bumps next week. The night’s big winner, Ray Charles’ “Genius Loves Company” (Concord/Hear), already was seeing sales bumps at a number of online retailers on Monday, the day after the kudocast. “Genius” had a 31,000-copy spike the week before the awards, rising to No. 15 on sales of 74,000. Green Day and Charles are expected to be battling for the top spot next week with sales of more than 220,000 each.

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