Taylor Swift Says She’s Going To Start Releasing New Versions Of Her First Six Albums

The re-recordings have been in the works for some time now after Swift has been battling over the ownership of her master recordings.

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Taylor Swift has begun her plan to release new re-recorded versions of her first six studio albums after the master recordings were sold by her former record label. She announced that this Friday, February 12th, she would be releasing her classic hit Love Story (Taylor’s Version) as the first step in the process. The original version of the single was featured on Swift’s second album, Fearless, back in 2008. 

Swift appeared on Good Morning America this week where she announced that she had finished re-recording her second album which will contain 26 songs, including six previously unreleased songs that she claims to have written between the ages of 16 and 18. 

“I’ve decided to add songs from the vault, which are songs that almost made the original Fearless album.” The original recording of the Fearless album won Swift a Grammy for Album of the Year back in 2010; at the time Swift was the youngest recipient of the title. Swift claimed to be extremely excited to share this new, and more authentic, version of her second studio album with all of her fans.

“Now everyone will be able to hear not only the songs that made the album but the songs that almost made it, they’ll be getting the full picture.”

Fans of Swift are known for being extreme sleuths when it comes to the stars social media posts and potential hints at future projects that she hides within them. Because of this many fans think that one of her more cryptic Instagram posts is hinting at the release of the full Fearless album on April 9th.

According to production representatives, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is “faithful to the sound of the original production.” The original album was produced by Nathan Chapman, but so far no personnel besides Swift have been confirmed to have worked on the newest version. It’s expected that Swift’s fans will part ways with all of the original recordings of her albums and exclusively listen to the re-recordings once they’re all released as a means of standing in solidarity with the performer. 

Back in 2018 Swift announced that she had left Big Machine records, the label where she began her career at just 15-years-old. She moved to Universal Music Group in a deal that would give her ownership of all her master recordings, something she never had with Big Machine. The following year Big Machine sold Swift’s first six albums to music manager Scooter Braun in a deal that Swift claims stripped her of her life’s work.

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“I was not given the option to buy back my recordings the way Braun was offered. Braun has subjected me to years of incessant, manipulative bullying.”

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Braun has also worked as a manager to Kanye West, a longtime antagonist to Swift. Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta claimed that Swift had been offered the chance to own her master recordings if she agreed to sign a 10-year contract with the label. As of right now Swift doesn’t own the rights to her first self-titled 2006 debut album to her 2017 hit record Reputation. In November of 2020 Braun put Swift’s catalog up for sale. Swift claimed that Braun had asked her to sign a non-disclosure agreement before she would be “allowed to bid on her own work.” 

“My legal team said that this is absolutely not normal, and they’ve never seen an NDA like this presented unless it was to silence an assault accuser by paying them off. He would never even quote my team a price. These master recordings were not for sale to me,” Swift explained.

Shamrock Holdings is the investment firm that bought Swift’s catalog for a rumored $300 million. Swift also indicated that Braun was still heavily involved with Shamrock, preventing her from collaborating with the firm on purchasing her recordings. 

“It’s a shame to know that I will now be unable to help grow the future of these past works and it pains me very deeply to remain separated from the music I spent over a decade creating, but this is a sacrifice I will have to make to keep Scooter Braun out of my life. I’ve already begun rerecording my old music, which has already proven to be both exciting and creatively fulfilling. I promise plenty of surprises across the re-recorded albums.”

While Swift hasn’t confirmed when any of the other albums will potentially be released under her own control, after the release of her sister albums folklore and evermore, fans are gearing up for a year of Swift.