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High Notes

March 9, 2000Cesar Soriano
USA Today

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Five album debuts land in Billboard's top 10 this week, but none had the sales clout to unseat Santana's Grammy-sweeping Supernatural, which sold 441,000 copies (down 24% from last week) to remain No. 1, according to SoundScan. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's BTNHResurrection enters the chart at No. 2 with sales of 280,000, followed by the debut of the Smashing Pumpkins' MACHINA/The Machines of God with 165,000. Dr. Dre drops two notches to No. 4, ahead of three new arrivals: Beanie Sigel's The Truth!!! at No. 5, Steely Dan's Two Against Nature at No. 6 and AC/DC's Stiff Upper Lip at No. 7. Macy Gray, Sisqo and Kid Rock round out the top 10. Bloodhound Gang's Hooray for Boobies enters at No. 19; Oasis' Standing on the Shoulder of Giants opens at No. 24.

OSCARS GO POSTAL: Academy Awards officials remailed 4,200 Oscar ballots to academy members Tuesday after the original envelopes were misrouted as third-class mail. "The Los Angeles postmaster himself came by and picked up the new ballots," academy spokesman John Pavlik says. The academy will invalidate the original ballots and extend the voting deadline to March 23. Each ballot is numbered, preventing duplication. "We'll do things differently next year, there's no question about that," Pavlik says.

'MULTI'-TALENTED: Instant celeb bride Darva Conger has filed for an annulment of her marriage, televised on last month's Fox special Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? In court papers filed Tuesday, Conger, 34, says the marriage to Rick Rockwell, 42, was a "mutual mistake of fact and was entered into solely for an entertainment purpose." She says that it never was consummated and that Fox failed to notify her of Rockwell's violent past. Conger's 15 minutes aren't up yet -- Entertainment Tonight says Conger could have a book deal and has a $3 million offer to pose nude in Penthouse. She could use the dough; ET says Conger was fired from her nursing job last week. Meanwhile, Rockwell says he'll return to the comedy circuit.

LUCKY STONE? Country singer Doug Stone crashed his private ultralight airplane near Nashville on Tuesday, suffering a concussion, broken ankle, cracked rib and bruised kidney. He is expected to be released from the hospital today. Stone, 43, is running out of nine lives: The singer, whose hits include I'd Be Better Off (In a Pine Box), survived a December jet mishap, a heart attack and a stroke.

BACKSTREET BAN: Four students at San Antonio's Sunnybrook Christian Academy were suspended for "involvement with inappropriate music" -- attending a Backstreet Boys concert. "They have some good music, but some of the music, I have been told, has certain sexual references," school administrator Trudie Perez says.

OBITUARIES: Country bandleader Pee Wee King, who co-wrote the classic Tennessee Waltz, died Tuesday in Louisville from complications from a heart attack. King, 86, is credited with introducing Western music and electric instruments to the Grand Ole Opry during the 1930s. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1974. . . . Actor Charles Gray, best known for playing archvillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, died Tuesday in London. He was 71.

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The Matthews tour

The Dave Matthews Band crashes into Columbus, Ohio, June 19 to launch its summer tour in anticipation of an upcoming album. Concert tickets go on sale beginning April 8. For specifics, visit www.dmband.com

June 19-20Polaris AmphitheatreColumbus, Ohio June 22-23Deer Creek Music CenterFishers, Ind. June 26-27Riverbend Music CenterCincinnati June 29Soldier FieldChicago July 3Three Rivers StadiumPittsburgh July 5Comerica ParkDetroit July 8Foxboro StadiumFoxboro, Mass. July 11Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, N.J. July 15Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia July 19RFK StadiumWashington, D.C. July 21Ralph Wilson (Rich) StadiumBuffalo

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