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Beyonce and Sheeran most Googled

Beyonce and Ed Sheeran were the most searched for celebrities of 2014, according to Google.

In a year when Beyonce and Jay Z toured the world, united in the face of rumours their marriage may be on the rocks, and a video surfaced of the singer's sister Solange raging at Jay Z in a lift, Beyonce was the most Googled female star, while her husband was the second most searched for male.

Young Brit musician Ed was the most Googled male, while One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles came in third.

Jennifer Lawrence - whose naked selfies were leaked as part of the celebrity hacking scandal - was the second most searched for female star.

Katy Perry, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift rounded off the female top five, while Benedict Cumberbatch and David Beckham were at number four and five in the list of most Googled males.

Celebrity deaths also dominated internet searches with Peaches Geldof, Robin Williams and Rik Mayall the third, fourth and fifth top trending searches of the whole year, behind World Cup and iPhone 6.

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died in February was the eighth top trend.

And Cliff Richard - who was questioned by the police over historic sex abuse claims in October - was the sixth most searched for news story.

The Celebrity Photo Hack came seventh in the top ten news stories of the year and Jennifer Lawrence rounded off the top ten trending searches of 2014.

Top 10 Googled female stars

1. Beyonce

2. Jennifer Lawrence

3. Katy Perry

4. Ariana Grande

5. Taylor Swift

6. Katie Price

7. Nicki Minaj

8. Selena Gomez

9. Mary Berry

10. Emma Watson

Top 10 Googled male stars

1. Ed Sheeran

2. Jay Z

3. Harry Styles

4. Benedict Cumberbatch

5. David Beckham

6. Pharrell Williams

7. Zac Efron

8. Robbie Williams

9. Justin Timberlake

10. George Clooney

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