Taylor Swift Releasing Rerecorded Albums


Alex Silva, Junior

Recently, Taylor Swift announced that she will re-record and release her first six albums, starting with her sophomore album, Fearless. Why is Swift doing this? To put it simply, Swift wants to own her masters for those six albums; by re-recording them, Swift will make new masters that she alone will own the rights to. 

Swift has been attempting to buy her masters from her former label, Big Machine, for years. However, Swift would have to sign with them for another ten years in return; but, she refused because she knew the CEO would sell the label, thus giving the rights to the next owner. 

In addition, she signed with Republic Records who allowed her to own the masters to all the music she created with them, and she wasn’t willing to give that up. The CEO did in fact end up selling Big Machine Records to Scooter Braun, making him the new owner of Swift’s masters from her first six albums. 

Although Scooter Braun owns the master rights to Swift’s original recordings for the six albums, he technically does not own the actual songs. Because Taylor has the publishing rights, she owns the lyrics, melodies and musical composition. Swift is well within her legal rights to re-record and release all those songs. 

Swift announced through Twitter on February 11th that, “…[her] new version of Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is done and will be with you soon.” Later that night, one of her most popular songs, “Love Story,” was released as a taste of what is to come with her re-recorded music. 

Decade-long fans of Swift have outwardly shown their support for her decision and vow to continue supporting her throughout her musical journey. Nogales Junior Emily Hernandez said, “I love Taylor Swift and will support her decision to re-record her music.” 

Having been an advocate for artists’ right to own their music, Swift hopes that her story and decision will encourage other artists to follow in her footsteps and fight for the ownership of their music. 

She announced that Taylor’s Version of Fearless will be released on April 9, 2021.