“I have recently begun rerecording my older music and it has already proven to be both exciting and creatively fulfilling,” she told fans in a Twitter statement from November 2020. “I have plenty of surprises in store. I want to thank you guys for supporting me through this ongoing saga, and I can’t wait for you to hear what I’ve been dreaming up.”
Well, the time has come because in February 2021, Taylor made a rare public appearance on Good Morning America to make a major announcement about her past albums and when fans can hear the new versions of some fan-favorite songs. According to the Lover musician herself, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) was her first rereleased album with “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” as the first single. “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,” she wrote on social media following her GMA appearance. “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.”
After the new version of Fearless hit music streaming services in April 2021, the singer appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and fans are convinced that she dropped hints about 1989 being her next rerelease. Only time will tell! Then, in November 2021 she dropped Red (Taylor’s Version) instead.
Taylor made the decision to get back in the studio and rerecord her new music after Scooter — who manages the likes of Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande — acquired her old music in June 2019 along with the sale of her past label, Big Machine Records. Over the years, the blonde beauty has been open with fans about the ongoing battle to repurchase the rights to her music, but in November 2020 decided to rerecord her old song and “keep cruising, as they say.”
Why did she start with Fearless instead of her debut album Taylor Swift? The blonde beauty explained during a February 2021 interview with Republic Records / MCA Nashville, per Just Jared Jr., that she “always gravitated towards Fearless.”
“As an album, it was a real coming-of-age,” Taylor explained. “And I look back on that album and it fills me with such pride, and it was an album about hope, and lessons learned, and the effervescence of teenage youth and all that. What more fun than to go back and explore that?”
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