BLAKE SHELTON, ADAM LEVINE CELEBRATE THEIR “VOICE” BROMANCE
UNDATED (AP) _ Blake Shelton found out about Adam Levine leaving “The Voice” only a day before the world did on Friday. Shelton tweets after 16 seasons, the show changed both of their lives. Shelton says he’s “gonna miss working with that idiot.” Levine writes on Instagram he’s grateful for his time on the show but he does not say why he’s leaving. In regards to Shelton, Levine writes, “I couldn’t hide my love for you if I tried. Seriously. I tried. Can’t do it. Our friendship is and always will be one for the books.” Gwen Stefani will be Levine’s replacement.
MOBY TO NATALIE PORTMAN: I’M SORRY
UNDATED (AP) _ Moby is apologizing to Natalie Portman for not giving a heads up that he was writing about her in his latest book, “Then It Fell Apart.” Moby had written that they had dated in 1999. Portman denies that, telling Harper’s Bazaar they knew each other only briefly. She describes her recollection as “a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school.” Moby writes on Instagram it was inconsiderate of him not to tell her about the book beforehand and equally inconsiderate not to think of her reaction. He says he also should have acted more responsibly when they met almost twenty years ago.
LIL NAS X, CHASE RICE WILL PERFORM BEFORE STANLEY CUP FINAL
UNDATED (AP) _ Lil Nas X will perform before the Stanley Cup Final tonight in Boston, and according to an NHL executive, it’ll be his first hockey game. NHL executive vice president Steve Mayer says, “If you’re going to see your first hockey game, that’s a pretty good game to go to.” Mayer says Lil Nas X’s manager is a 25-year New York Rangers season ticket holder. Chase Rice also will perform before the Bruins take on the St. Louis Blues. Gary Clark Jr. will perform before Game 3 in St. Louis on Saturday. Kennedy Holmes, a former contestant on “The Voice,” will lead an outdoor sing-along to “Gloria” by Laura Branigan, which has become the Blues’ victory song.
SARA BAREILLES RELEASES “AMIDST THE CHAOS”
NEW YORK (AP) _ If you love Sara Bareilles (bah-REL’-ihs) for “Love Song” or “Brave,” she hopes you’ll love her enough to want to grow with her. Bareilles says she wrote those songs already, so to do them again would be redundant. Bareilles spent several years working on the musical “Waitress,” and she says she’s invigorated to write music for herself again. Her latest album is called “Amidst the Chaos.” While it’s not an overtly political album, Bareilles says she’s written love songs about Barack and Michelle Obama. She jokes at some point she’ll get a cease-and-desist notice from them because she’s such a fangirl.
RAMSEY LEWIS EXPLAINS WHAT HE MEANS BY “RETIRED”
CHICAGO (AP) _ Ramsey Lewis announced last year he’s retiring, yet he’ll headline a festival bearing his name outside Chicago on Friday. How’s that work? Lewis tells the Chicago Tribune he’s “90-some percent retired” and it’s more accurate to say he’s retired from traveling. His wife, Jan, says Lewis is mostly retired but he’ll probably play if it’s an offer he can’t refuse. Lewis still plans to make a solo piano album. Because he has not decided a theme or when he’ll record, Lewis says his job now is to stay in practice. Lewis turns 84 today.
RANDY TRAVIS RELEASES NEW SINGLE
NASHVILLE (AP) _ Randy Travis’ singing voice can be heard once again on a new single called “One in a Row.” It was recorded before Travis’ stroke in 2013 that limits his ability to perform. It’s his first single in six years. Travis will be signing copies of his memoir, “Forever and Ever Amen,” during CMA Fest in Nashville on June 6.
by Margie Szaroleta