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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.

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

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.