3 Doors Down made a top 10 debut in 2002 with their last album "Away from the Sun," but this is the group's first No. 1 debut despite having sold 3 million units of their previous album and over 6 million units of their debut album in 2000.
Green Day's "American Idiot" came in third this week with sales of more than 135,000 units, up 20% from the previous week due to attention leading up to the Grammy Awards.
3 Doors Down wasn't the only artist with a Top 5 debut this week, R&B singer Brian McKnight's new album "Gemini" moved over 103,000 units placing it in 4th place for the week.
The top 5 was rounded out by the country music compilation "Totally Country Vol. 4" which tallied first week sales of over 98,000 units.
3 Doors Down were excited to hear the news of their No. 1 debut. “We’re happy,” said lead singer Brad Arnold when notified of the news in Dallas this morning, “It’s very exciting and we’re especially thankful to our fans for their support. We were tentative on how people would react because we put our hearts into this one- and now our fans are saying they love this record and that feels great-that’s all we care about.”
According to a press release, "Seventeen Days" shipped platinum it's first week (1 million copies). The band kicked off their world tour supporting the album last "Saturday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida during the 27th Annual Budweiser Shootout. Part of the band’s performance together with Arnold’s singing of the national anthem aired live on Fox TV (2/12/05). The band has dates across the US and performs on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (March 2) before heading off to Europe, Australia and Guam."