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Pop music owes a great debt to innovative producer and musician SOPHIE, who tragically passed away on January 30.

Remembering SOPHIE: A gut-wrenching loss for pop music

Sophie Xeon, one of the most influential pop musicians and producers of the last decade and known professionally as SOPHIE, passed away Jan. 30 in a tragic accident first reported by the artist’s record label Transgressive. 

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Katy Perry's latest album "Smile" underperformed with audiences and critics — but why?

'Smile' and the collapse of Katy Perry

All of this makes her 2010 album “Teenage Dream” feel like a long, long time ago. That album, released almost exactly 10  years before “Smile,” was supported by an unbelievable run of five chart-topping singles, a record that Perry shares with Michael Jackson. The stark difference between these two albums begs a simple question:  What happened to Katy Perry?