ARIANA GRANDE GIVES QUIET RESPONSE TO MAC MILLER'S DEATH; MAREN MORRIS DEFENDS HER

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ariana Grande's (GRAHN'-days) response to Mac Miller's death is to post a black-and-white photo of him with no caption. She shut off the comments section. Grande and Miller dated for two years before they split earlier this year. She later called the relationship "toxic." Miller died Friday at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 26. Just because Grande shut off the comments doesn't mean that people are not saying bad things about her after Miller's death, but Maren Morris is jumping to her defense. Morris tweets those trolling Grande are not making the situation any better. Morris says Grande is grieving and she "actually knew this person and you didn't."

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MUSICIANS REACT TO MAC MILLER'S DEATH

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chance The Rapper says Mac Miller took him on his second tour ever and helped launch his career. Chance tweets Miller was one of "the sweetest guys" he's ever known. Miller died at his Los Angeles home on Friday at the age of 26. Ed Sheeran writes on Instagram Miller "always had the time of day for anyone, whoever they were." John Mayer says on Instagram Miller was making a "quantum leap" with his music and this was going to be his year. J Cole tweets to fellow rappers that if they don't feel right or are struggling with a substance problem, and they feel uncomfortable talking to anyone around them, reach out to him. Kehlani tweets she will miss Miller and adds, "Check on ur friends even the strong funny ones." Miller was due to start a tour Oct. 27 in San Francisco.

RASCALS GUITARIST GENE CORNISH RECOVERING AFTER COLLAPSING ON STAGE

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A representative for guitarist Gene Cornish of The Rascals says he is expected to be released from a hospital on Wednesday after he collapsed on stage in Billings, Montana, on Friday. Melissa Kucirek (kah-CHUR'-ihk) tells The Billings Gazette that Cornish is "on the path to a speedy recovery." She does not know what caused Cornish to collapse. Jody Grant of the Alberta Bair Theater says Cornish collapsed during the second song while performing with Rascals keyboardist Felix Cavaliere (kav-ah-LAYR'-ee). Grant says medical personnel used a defibrillator and performed CPR on Cornish before taking him to a hospital.

JOHN LEGEND JOINS EGOT ELITE

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's live version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" has won an Emmy Award and that has made for some happy people. It means star John Legend, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice have joined the elite squad of EGOT winners. The musical's win for best live variety special yesterday means Legend, Lloyd Webber and Rice have an Emmy to go with their Tonys, Grammys and their Oscars. The trio joins an elite group of EGOT winners that includes Robert Lopez, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Rita Moreno, Mike Nichols and Whoopi Goldberg.

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DON McGUIRE OF THE HILLTOPPERS DIES

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The last surviving member of the 1950s singing group The Hilltoppers has died. Don McGuire died Friday after a short illness at the age of 86, according to Kerr Brothers Funeral Home of Lexington, Kentucky. The Hilltoppers' first top-ten hit was in 1952 with "Trying." They had other top-ten hits with "P.S. I Love You," ''Marianne," ''Love Walked In" and "I'd Rather Die Young (Than Grow Old Without You)." The group members met at Western Kentucky University and took their name from the school's athletic teams.

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CARDI B HAS MORE TO SAY AFTER NICKI MINAJ ALTERCATION

NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B seems to be continuing the feud with Nicki Minaj that got physical on Friday, while Minaj is staying silent. Cardi B does not mention Minaj by name, but she writes on Instagram she's let a lot slide but all bets are off when it comes to questioning her skills as a mother. Video from a party in New York on Friday shows Cardi B lunging toward someone and being held back. Witnesses say she threw her shoe at Minaj. Cardi B was seen leaving the party barefoot and with a bump on her head.

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PAUL McCARTNEY PLAYS GRAND CENTRAL STATION

NEW YORK (AP) — Commuters walking through New York's Grand Central Station on Friday could hear Paul McCartney music. McCartney himself was playing it, from behind a curtain in a private corner. McCartney played a 24-song set to promote his new "Egypt Station" album. While McCartney has played music for more than 60 years, it doesn't mean he doesn't mess up. He blew the words to "Blackbird" and had to start over twice. He joked, "I know this song. I wrote it!" ''Egypt Station" is out now.

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JOHN LENNON POSTAGE STAMP REVEALED

NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Lennon says having his father, John Lennon, on a stamp is "about as official as it gets, I think." Sean Lennon says his father would have been "really thrilled" to see it. Sean Lennon and his mother, Yoko Ono, unveiled the John Lennon U.S. postal stamp in New York on Friday. Hundreds of Beatles fans gathered for it. Ono joked about how she still gets blamed for the breakup of The Beatles. She says if John sang "La la la, da da da," then "People say, 'Well, that's Yoko's fault."

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SETTLEMENT REACHED IN LIL WAYNE METAL DETECTOR CASE

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Concert promoters say they've reached a settlement with Lil Wayne after he refused to go through a metal detector last year before a concert. Attorney Joe McCulloch tells the Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina the terms of the settlement will not be released. Lil Wayne was supposed to headline the Fall Ball at Colonial Life Arena last September. According to court documents, his representatives had agreed to the screening, but Lil Wayne refused to enter the arena because of the metal detector. Cardi B and 2 Chainz still performed the Fall Ball, but refunds were given. Promoter All For One wanted Lil Wayne to return the $65,000 advance he was given and pay concert costs and legal fees.

ELTON JOHN BEGINS FAREWELL T OUR

ALLENTOWN, Penn. (AP) — It was the beginning of the end for Elton John on Saturday. He launched his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the first of more than 300 shows he's planning. By the time he's finished in 2021, John will have performed for an estimated 6 million people.

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EMINEM PICKS UP NINTH NUMBER-ONE ALBUM WITH "KAMIKAZE"

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the ninth time, Eminem has a number-one album. "Kamikaze" tops the Billboard 200 album chart, moving 434,000 units after its surprise release last week. "Astroworld" by Travis Scott checks in at second, followed by Drake's "Scorpion." Troye Sivan is fourth with "Bloom." Ariana Grande's (GRAHN'-dayz) "Sweetener" are number five.

STAND UP TO CANCER TELETHON RAISES $123 MILLION

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Saturday's Stand Up To Cancer telethon has raised more than $123 million in pledges. That's the most successful year it's had in the six years it's been running. Stevie Wonder, Little Big Town and cancer survivor Charlie Wilson performed. Wonder paid tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died last month of pancreatic cancer.

by Margie Szaroleta