Photo: Variety.
Photo: Variety.

Fearless: Taylor’s Version: Why she remakes the album?

Taylor Swift’s Rerecorded Album Releases Begin With ‘Fearless’ in April. After her first six albums were sold to investors, Swift said she would record entirely new versions of her old songs that she would own, according to NY Times.

“This process has been more fulfilling and emotional than I could’ve imagined and has made me ever more determined to re-record all of my music,” said the singer, 31, in a statement on social media. She added that the rollout of her rerecordings would begin at midnight with the release of a fresh take on the song “Love Story” — now called “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” — her first Billboard Top 10 single, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

“Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” will be released April 9 and feature 26 songs total, including hits like “You Belong With Me” and “Fifteen,” along with six unreleased tracks written when Swift was a teenager. “‘Fearless’ was an album full of magic and curiosity, the bliss and devastation of youth,” Swift wrote.

“I’m thrilled to tell you that my new version of Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is done and will be with you soon. It has 26 songs including 6 never before released songs from the vault. Love Story (Taylor’s Version) will be out tonight.

"The Fearless: Taylor’s Version" is the first of six planned re-recordings of albums initially released on her former label Big Machine. Swift pledged to re-record the albums after Big Machine’s 2019 sale of master recordings to Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings – a sale that infuriated the singer. At the time, Swift described Braun as a bully and that never in her “worst nightmares” did she imagine he would end up with her catalog. (Braun has since sold the catalog to Shamrock Holdings.), according to Deadline.

Swift’s plan is to re-record all six albums to encourage her legion of fans to choose her new versions over the old ones.

On ABC’s morning show today, Swift announced the midnight release of “Love Story,” and said the upcoming release of the entire rerecorded Fearless album would include 26 songs – twice the number on the original album. She described the additional music, which includes six never before released songs, as music “from the vault,” explaining that the previously unreleased songs had almost been included on the original album.

Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards at the Grand Ole Opry on September 16, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. ACMA2020 | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images.
Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards at the Grand Ole Opry on September 16, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. ACMA2020 | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images.

On her social media accounts today, Swift further explained her reasons for the Fearless re-recording, writing, “I’ve spoken a lot about why I’m remaking my first six albums, but the way I’ve chosen to do this will hopefully illuminate where I’m coming from. 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. For example, only I know which songs I wrote that almost made the ‘Fearless’ album. Songs I absolutely adored, but were held back for different reasons (don’t want too many breakup songs, don’t want too many down tempo songs, can’t fit that many songs on a physical CD).

“Those reasons seem unnecessary now. I’ve decided I want you to have the whole story, see the entire vivid picture, and let you into the entire dreamscape that is my ‘Fearless’ album. That’s why I’ve chosen to include 6 never before released songs on my version of this album, written when I was between the ages of 16 and 18. These were the ones it killed me to leave behind.”

How to preorder “ The Fearless: Taylor’s Version”

The new Fearless (Taylor's Version) is listed on her website as coming out April 9. Swift said it will feature 26 songs, adding in tracks "from the vault," which are songs that had almost made the original album, according to Cnet.

Preorders are available through Swift's website. The digital version of Fearless (Taylor's Version) costs $13 and will be delivered on April 9, according to the website. It's also available on vinyl for $39, CD for $13 and cassette for $19 -- though with varying ship dates.

Anyone who preorders the digital version of the new album will also get a digital copy of Love Story (Taylor's Version) when it's available starting Feb. 12, or at the time of purchase if after that date.

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