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Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, George Ezra: 2014, the year in music

Ed Sheeran

You couldn’t have picked a worse time to become a pop star than 2014. Album sales were at an all-time low, record labels were left millions in the red with artists they thought would be superstars, and fewer new artists broke through than at any time in the past 40 years.

The Interview: just one subplot in Sony's troubled big picture

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On the day that Sony Pictures decided to cancel the release of The Interview – a comedy about the fictional assassination of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un – the firm’s employees were advised to cover their keyboard with a cloth when logging into email “so that hackers can’t see what you are typing”.