Stepping back: Zayn Malik on stage with Harry Styles in New York. Photograph: Kevin Mazur/OneD/Getty

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Sam Smith performs on stage during the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London, February 25th, 2015. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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UTV Ireland:  news bulletins got off to a decent start. Photograph: Eric Luke

After one week on air, UTV Ireland is starting to come into focus, although the picture is not perfectly crisp just yet. The soaps are being wa(...)

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Man who oozes The X Factor: he jointly owns Syco with Sony. Simco, its operating subsidiary, made a profit of £37.4 million on revenues of £59.9 million last year. Photograph: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

A slight breeze ripples the decorative line of flames at the rear of the garden in Simon Cowell’s $34 million mansion in Beverly Hills. The marble flo(...)

Bob Geldof arrives to record the Band Aid 30 charity single at the Sarm Studios in London on Saturday. Photograph: Hannah McKay/EPA 4:15

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Here comes the sun: Leona Lewis, left, in Walking on Sunshine

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