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October 21, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Katy Perry’s ‘Prism’ another big winner | New Recordings

Katy Perry, ‘Prism’ (Virgin EMI) Effervescent pop queen Katy Perry’s last album, “Teenage Dream” (2010), was a runaway hit, generating five No. 1 singles and placing her giddy singing career on terra firma. Perry’s fourth studio album, “Prism,” will likely be another big winner. “Roar,” a song of empowerment that references her painful, text-message breakup and subsequent…

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September 1, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Taylor Swift rules at Tacoma Dome

As her closing song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” hit its climax, at the sold-out Tacoma Dome Saturday night, Taylor Swift stood smiling at 20,000 fans, drinking in their adoration. (AP Photo/The Express-Times, Matt Smith) The imagery was perfect. Swift, dressed as a circus ringleader, had expertly presided over the nearly two-hour marathon of fireworks,…

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August 29, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Taylor Swift to pop in at Tacoma Dome

Taylor Swift performs during a sold-out show Friday evening, July 19, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/The Express-Times, Matt Smith)

Taylor Swift performs during a sold-out show Friday evening, July 19, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/The Express-Times, Matt Smith)

During one of her four shows in Los Angeles last week, Taylor Swift brought out the hip Canadian duo of sisters Tegan and Sara for an arena-sized version of the twins’ electropop hit “Closer.”

It was a fan-pleasing, veteran move that says all you need to know about Swift’s place in the pop-music landscape. Far from the teenage country tartlet she started out as, Swift, now 23, occupies the upper echelon of superstardom, and her music and image define mainstream appeal.

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