TRAGEDY IN THE AIR: R&B singer and actress Aaliyah among nine people who died Saturday when their small plane crashed after takeoff in the Bahamas. She was 22. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

PIE HIGH: American Pie 2 was the taste of choice at the nation's box office for a third straight week. The raunchy teen romp, only the third film this year to pull off three straight weeks at number one, munched up an estimated $12.8 million, pushing its overall gross to $109.6 million.

SAFE SEX, MADONNA-STYLE: Condomania, a U.S. condom and sex-toy retailer, announcing it will start marketing Madonna Condoms, which will feature a 1979 picture of Madonna on the package. The company acquired the rights to the headshot two years ago.

GOOD WORKS: Rush Hour 2 star Chris Tucker joining a congressional delegation to four west African nations next week to promote business, trade, improved health care and democracy.

SWINGIN': Pop star Robbie Williams telling London's Sun tabloid that he'll be teaming up with legendary crooner Frank Sinatra's former band to record a swing album of classic hits, including a duet with actress Nicole Kidman.

A BEAUTIFUL DAY: About 80,000 fans packed a field near Slane Castle for U2's biggest concert ever in Ireland. During the emotionally charged concert, Bono dedicated the song "Kite" to his father, who died of cancer last week.

DANGEROUS SHOW: Forty-five music fans being treated for minor injuries after they were crushed at Eminem's gig at the Green festival in Glasgow Saturday. The concert was halted while police and emergency medical teams removed the injured fans.

NEW FRIEND? Warner Bros. denying tabloid reports that British pop star Sophie Ellis Bextor, who scored a hit with a remake of Cher's "Take Me Home," will join the cast of Friends.

KUDOS: Icelandic pop singer Björk receiving France's National Order of Merit Thursday. The honor is considered a symbol of friendship the country shares with an artist.

THE OTHER WOMAN: London's famed Madam Tussaud's wax museum deciding to forgo the creation of a Nicole Kidman figure and instead make a Penélope Cruz model to be placed in the display with Tom Cruise.

SWIPED: The British Broadcasting Corp. reporting that a diary by Richard Burton it was using for a documentary on the actor's life and his tempestuous marriage to Elizabeth Taylor is missing and presumed stolen. Scotland Yard is investigating.

GIVE IT AWAY: Meanwhile, thieves breaking into Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist Flea's Los Angeles storage space this week and stealing his two custom basses, personal journals and vintage Peppers T-shirts and photos.

LATIN GRAMMY UPDATE: The government of Cuba saying on Friday it would allow Cuban musicians nominated for Latin Grammy awards to travel to the September 11 ceremony in Los Angeles.

ARTISTS' RIGHTS: Don Henley and Courtney Love scheduled to testify at a California Senate hearing on the state's contractual laws on September 5. The hearing will examine the "Seven Year Statute," which limits personal service contracts to a maximum of seven years.

FINAL ACT: French actor Philippe Leotard, who won France's prestigious Cesar award and worked with some of the country's greatest directors, died Saturday in a Paris clinic. He was 60.