Taylor Swift Set to Release Re-recorded Music

Swifties have yet another reason to celebrate.

Taylor Swift is full of surprises, and lately it’s hard to keep up with her output. In addition to releasing two studio albums in 2020, Swift has begun the process of re-recording her older material. In 2019, Scooter Braun acquired Big Machine Label Group, Swift’s former record label, taking ownership of her discography. Swift was never given the option to purchase her own music. As she has explained, owning the master recordings is crucial in order for artists to have agency over their work. Swift expressed frustration at the disrespectful sale of her music without her involvement, but she was undeterred and got right to work. That’s why we now have exciting news: we’re getting a re-recorded version of her 2008 album Fearless. 

Swift performing on the Fearless Tour in 2009. Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Erickson Public Relations

Packed with gems like “Fifteen,” “Love Story,” and the title track, “Fearless,” this edition of the album will include 26 songs, including 6 previously unheard songs that almost made the original cut. It’s sure to be a nostalgic glimpse into Swift’s past as well as a marker of her artistic growth. Her songwriting abilities were already impressive at 16 years old, when she started writing the songs for Fearless, and her musicianship has only strengthened with time. Swift wrote in an announcement post, “Artists should own their own work for so many reasons, but the most screamingly obvious one is that the artist is the only one who really *knows* that body of work.” We couldn’t agree more; the best version of Fearless is Taylor-approved and Taylor-owned.

Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is available for preorder now, and the re-recorded version of “Love Story” is out tonight at midnight. Swift has stated that the re-recorded Fearless album in its entirely will be available soon. Astute observers will notice that certain letters in her announcement post are capitalized, a strategy she used in the lyric booklets of her earlier albums. The capital letters spell out APRIL NINTH. Just something to think about.

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