Taylor Swift releases first re-recorded album


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Emily Day, Editor

On June 30, 2019, record executive Scooter Braun acquired Swift’s masters and later sold the rights to her first six albums without her consent.

Swift addressed the situation in a Tumblr blog post published later that day.

“…Now Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy. Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it…”

On Friday, April 9, Swift released a new version of her 2008 album, Fearless. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is the first of six albums planned to be re-released, and the third Swift release in nine months, following sister albums Folklore and Evermore.

Growing up, my friends and I would belt out iconic tracks like Love Story, You Belong With Me, Fearless, and Fifteen. Swift re-releasing the album has brought up many nostalgic memories of birthday parties, sleepovers, middle school dances, and high school winter formals. The original album release was my kindergarten year, and now, just a few weeks before graduation, it was released again – this time better, stronger, and with six additional tracks.

Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is a 26-song album made up of originals, bonus tracks, and previously unreleased songs from the vault, all reworked and rerecorded, this time with Taylor’s ownership, clearer enunciation, crisper vocals, and a warmer tone. Swift is the first woman with three new number one albums in less than a year, and the latest debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s 200 Chart and Apple Music.