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Taylor Swift continues to stun with her re-recorded release of 2009's smash-hit album "Fearless."

Taylor Swift's re-recorded 'Fearless' is more than an improvement

For Swift’s statement to work though, her new version of the album needs to be better than the original to get people to listen to her rerecording. Thankfully for Swift, “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” does that and more thanks to her vastly improved vocals and six previously-unreleased songs, marketed as “From The Vault.” 

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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?