Taylor Swift has announced she is re-recording her first six albums. The first of the new re-recorded albums to be released will be her second one, Fearless and the new recording is being dubbed Fearless (Taylor’s Version). At midnight U.S. Eastern time tonight, one of the re-recorded tracks from that album, Love Story (Taylor’s Version) will be re-released. In addition, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) will feature six new tracks.
Swift made the following announcement on her social media pages earlier today.
She also made the announcement on Good Morning America:
A release date for Fearless (Taylor’s Version) has not been announced, but the capitalization used in the above announcement is fueling speculation the date will be April 9th.
Back in November 2018, Swift departed Big Label Music for Universal Music Group. While Swift had been with Big Label her whole career, the deal with Universal Music Group gave her ownership of any music she recorded. The following year Big Machine sold Swift’s first six albums to Scooter Braun, a music manager. Swift claimed the deal “stripped her of her life’s work” and was not given the opportunity to buy back her recordings. Braun would sell Swift’s catalog to Shamrock Holdings in November of 2020. When it was clear she would not have the opportunity to buy back her recordings, she embarked on re-recording the albums herself.