POP/ROCKBack-to-Back Toppers: Mariah Carey became the first...

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Back-to-Back Toppers: Mariah Carey became the first artist to have two consecutive singles debut at No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart after her “One Sweet Day” sold 205,000 copies last week. The duet with Boyz II Men follows the chart-topping success in September of “Fantasy,” also from Carey’s album “Daydream,” which ranks No. 2 on the pop album chart. Carey’s album was topped by R. Kelly’s self-titled new work, which sold 248,000 copies during its first week in stores. Other albums making strong debuts: the Whitney Houston-led soundtrack to “Waiting to Exhale” at No. 3, Melissa Etheridge’s “Your Little Secret” at No. 6 and the Rolling Stones’ “Stripped” at No. 9.


Reaching New Audiences?: A billboard ad campaign for the Oakland Ballet was just too sexy for its tutu, so directors were pulling it Wednesday. The billboards showed two ballet dancers and read: “Go ahead, take another date to miniature golf, and die a virgin. Oakland Ballet. You just might like it.” One of the ads appeared across from a high school, where an assistant principal said it sent the wrong message to teen-agers by “suggesting [that] being a virgin is bad.” The ballet’s marketing director, Rick Gydesen, said the company received only one formal complaint, but directors decided not to court controversy. The ad campaign was intended to reach untapped markets--including singles, sports-minded men and female shopping-mall patrons.


Getty Plans: Updating previously announced plans for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, the Getty Trust has confirmed that the Roman-style villa will close in 1997 when collections of paintings, drawings, manuscripts, photographs and decorative arts will be moved to a new museum at the Getty Center in Brentwood. The Malibu facility will remain shuttered until the year 2000, while it is converted into a museum for antiquities. The new program will expand the museum’s mission by interpreting ancient art in a global context and examining critical issues of conservation and archeology. The Getty also has modified its antiquities collecting policies, restricting itself to acquiring objects with a well-documented history, in response to heightened sensitivities about ownership of ancient art.



MGM Sues Over Bond Promos: MGM/UA, ever protective of its successful 007 franchise, has sued a Hollywood production company, alleging that Starcom Television Services Inc. used copyrighted movie trailers from MGM’s own promotional film “James Bond Forever” to produce a two-hour TV documentary on the James Bond film series. The federal lawsuit claims that the trailers were never made public and that Starcom stole them as part of an effort to cash in on the success of the newest Bond film, “GoldenEye.” However, Starcom CEO Gary Worth said he was “rather perplexed” at the lawsuit and said his company used only “the material [MGM] made available to promote their own films.” Starcom’s syndicated documentary, “The Total James Bond,” aired in Los Angeles Sunday on KNBC-TV Channel 4.


The 61st Minute: CBS commentator Andy Rooney added the latest wrinkle to the “60 Minutes” controversy Wednesday by writing in his syndicated column that his remarks on last Sunday’s program were edited by executive producer Don Hewitt. Rooney’s commentary, following the program’s controversial broadcast on the tobacco industry, did air--but Rooney apparently had to omit criticism of CBS’ decision to pull an interview with a former tobacco company executive as well as remarks aimed at its chief executive, Laurence Tisch. According to his column, the television commentary originally included the line: “Most of us think the chairman of the board ran our company badly.” Rooney says he considered quitting after the incident. Meanwhile, Hewitt told the newspaper, Newsday, that his response to Rooney’s charges was: “Fine. He’s a free citizen.”


Thanksgiving Cheer: Radio station KUSC-FM (91.5) will lend an indigenous focus to Thanksgiving festivities today by airing “Native American Traditions Transformed: Songs, Stories, Rituals and Rock,” an 8-10 p.m. broadcast including Montana Sioux singer-storyteller Georgia Wattlin-Larsen, Arizona’s Yaqui Deer Singers and the New Mexican rock group Red Thunder. . . .


Country star Dwight Yoakam will headline a benefit concert at West Hollywood’s Viper Room Dec. 19, with proceeds going to the Los Angeles Mission and the L.A. Firemen’s Relief Organization. Tickets are $100 and $200. . . . Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, whose contract as a commentator is up at CBS News, is talking to NBC News about “doing a whole lot of things” including commentary on “Nightly News,” according to a network spokeswoman. No deal has been signed, however. . . . Billie Joe Armstrong, 23, lead singer for the rock group Green Day, was arrested and fined $141.85 for indecent exposure Tuesday night after he mooned the audience during a show at the Milwaukee Arena.