It's like Christmas for Swifties, right? Taylor Swift, the eponymous star of stage and screen, has re-released possibly her best album, 1989. If you didn't know that was going to happen, maybe good for you? Getting away from Taylor Swift news these days is certainly not easy unless you, sadly, live in a Taylor Swift-less world.
1989 (Taylor's Version) is Swift's fourth album that she has re-recorded from records previously owned by Big Machine Records. Swift is in the process of re-recording all six that Big Machine Records once owned and Swift is re-doing the records so that she has total control over the masters. Good for her.
The reason Taylor Swift is re-recording the albums isn't just to make more money, though clearly, she should know that releasing the revamped albums is going to make her a lot of money as well. Instead, she is remaking the records because Big Machine was sold in 2019 to Ithaca Holdings which is owned by Scooter Braun. One can safely assume Taylor Swift really doesn't like Scooter Braun and wants to have as little to do with him as possible. Hence, the re-recording of the albums.
All you need to know about Taylor Swift's 1989 (Taylor's Version)
Prior to 1989 (Taylor's Version), Swift had put out new versions of Speak Now, Fearless, and Red. She will be done with the Big Machine Records when she records and releases new versions of Taylor Swift and Reputation. There is no timeline for when these albums will be redone and repackaged. Fearless (Taylor's Version) and Red (Taylor's Version) both came out in 2021 so it could be another two years before we see the next two records.
1989 (Taylor's Version) features five songs from Swift's Vault along with re-recorded versions of the original material. The original album had 13 tracks. One of the new songs from the Valut was co-written by Diane Warren and the other four songs Swift made with long-time collaborator Jack Antonoff. The new version of 1989 has 21 tracks in total.
1989 was originally released in 2014 and won Taylor Swift her second Grammy for Album of the Year - Swift was the first female solo artist to win the award twice - and the album produced five top 10 singles. And if you cannot get enough of Taylor, when she isn't watching beau Travis Kelce play for the Kansas City Chiefs, you can catch her likeness in the Eras tour film which is most likely in a movie theater close to you.