SAM SMITH DEFENDS ED SHEERAN AFTER DJ CALLS HIM A 'SONG WHORE': Sam Smith came to Ed Sheeran's defense recently after an Australian radio DJ called Ed a "song whore." During an interview with KIIS FM's The Kyle and Jackie O Show, host Kyle Sandilands asked Sam why he doesn't sell his unused songs to other artists. Sam explained that his songs are still very personal to him, so he doesn't feel comfortable giving them away. The host then compared him to Ed, claiming Ed is someone who "whores all [his] songs out and teams up for all the group songs. If it it's like sex, [then] Ed is a song whore." Sam quickly disagreed with the comments, saying, "Ed is not a whore." He continued, "Ed Sheeran is an incredible songwriter and the way that he's written these songs for other people is just absolutely incredible and I'm enamored by him." Ed has written or co-written songs for the likes of One Direction, Rita Ora, Liam Payne, Justin Bieber, Tori Kelly, The Weeknd and many more.
RACHEL PLATTEN PUTS NEW SPIN ON 'GOLDEN GIRLS' THEME FOR 'MY LITTLE PONY' SOUNDTRACK: The soundtrack of the upcoming film My Little Pony: The Movie is out now, and it features new songs from Rachel Platten, DNCE and Lukas Graham. Rachel's song is called "Thank You for Being a Friend," and it's a new take on the theme from the classic '80s sitcom The Golden Girls – which was actually a shortened version of a song by singer/songwriter Andrew Gold, a pop hit in 1978. Rachel's song from the soundtrack is a completely new song, but in one part, she sings this line from the original: "And if you threw a party/and invited everyone you knew/You would see the biggest gift from me/And the card attached would say/'Thank you for being a friend.'" Rachel's song is just one of several new tracks inspired by themes from the movie, which features the voices of Taye Diggs, Zoe Saldana, Kristin Chenoweth, Emily Blunt, Liev Schreiber, Michael Pea, Uzo Aduba and Sia. My Little Pony: The Movie arrives in theaters October 6th.
THE CHAINSMOKERS ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES: The Chainsmokers are bringing their Memories: Do Not Open arena tour to Europe in 2018. The string of shows will kick off February 10th in Austria and end March 10th in Denmark. Notable stops along the way include the Ziggo Dome in Holland and Tele2 Arena in Sweden, the latter of which can hold up to 45,000 people for concerts. The Chainsmokers will continue to make trips to Las Vegas as part of their Wynn residency. Pre-sale for the Euro Memories tour starts September 27th.