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Taylor Swift is known for her surprising but remarkable contributions to the music industry, despite all the haters who are going to ‘hate hate hate.’ With her release of ‘Evermore,’ she changed the lenses through which her music and image were viewed, allowing fans to explore a new side of hers. Especially in the backdrop of the pandemic and quarantine, ‘Evermore,’ was the perfect soundtrack for people all across the world who were contemplating their new private lives.
Swifties, what her fans call themselves, have always been especially interested in sussing out the next move in her music career, using hints and clues that she loves to leave in her lyrics or productions to support their investigations. One of the greatest things they look forward to – re-releases of their favorite ‘Old Taylor,’ albums and songs. Cleverly, Taylor has bought into the business as well, making more money and amassing more fans with her resale tactics. She initially released six records with Scooter Braun, who saw potential in this country girl and her pop star dreams. This 2021 resale mission, according to Scooter Braun, will make her and the record label 300 million dollars.
The Latest Taylor Swift Re-Release
Taylor Swift declared that the following record from her collection of loved albums to be given the 2021 treatment will be Red (Taylor’s Version) which elicited an insane reaction from fans and media accounts all across the globe. It’s arguably one of the most famous records that in 2012, took her from a down-to-earth country singer to one of the most well-known pop star singers on the big stage. With some assistance from pop icons, Max Martin and Shellback on tracks like “We Are Never Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble“— Red isn’t only a cozy window into a turbulent time of rollercoaster emotions for Swift, but it is also a significant imaginative and defining moment in her celebrated lifetime.
“Musically and expressively, Red looked like a shattered individual,” Swift wrote in a recent Tweet to her fans. “Like taking a stab at bits of another life, I went into the studio and explored different avenues regarding various sounds and partners …. Like your companion who calls you in the late evening continuing endlessly about their ex, I just couldn’t quit composing.”
And as she said, it appears, we’ll have the option to hear this part of Taylor Swift’s life and experiences with a new raw and authentic structure that is not only eye-opening but offering a pathway into her heart. She’ll be delivering the entirety of the 30 melodies she composed during the studio meetings for Red. While the 30 songs seem extraneous, Swift said that she wanted to remain true to herself and could not stop writing and pouring her heart out in the process. Therefore, every song that is meant to be on there will be featured.
“Sometimes you need to talk it over (over and over and over) for it to ever really be… over. Like your friend who calls you in the middle of the night going on and on about their ex, I just couldn’t stop writing,” Swift said. “This will be the first time you hear all 30 songs that were meant to go on ‘Red.’ And hey, one of them is even ten minutes long.”
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Fans Await For More Information on the Album’s Contents
This will be her fourth studio album and the unspecified ten-minute track she teased is having fans dissecting different hints to see what it’ll be about. Many think it will be an extended version of ‘All Too Well,’ a legendary piece in her musical portfolio.
“I’ve always said that the world is a different place for the heartbroken. It moves on a different axis, at a different speed. Time skips backward and forwards fleetingly. The heartbroken might go through thousands of micro-emotions a day trying to figure out how to get through it without picking up the phone to hear that old familiar voice,” Swift wrote in her Twitter caption. “In the land of heartbreak, moments of strength, independence, and devil-may-care rebellion are intricately woven together with grief, paralyzing vulnerability, and hopelessness. Imagining your future might always take you on a detour back to the past. And this is all to say, that the next album I’ll be releasing is my version of Red.”
Swift was experiencing a heartbreak herself when originally recording ‘Red,’ but she found the cathartic process of making the record something that led to closure and healing.
“Musically and lyrically, ‘Red’ resembled a heartbroken person. It was all over the place, a fractured mosaic of feelings that somehow all fit together in the end. Happy, free, confused, lonely, devastated, euphoric, wild, and tortured by memories past,” Swift wrote. “Like trying on pieces of a new life, I went into the studio and experimented with different sounds and collaborators. And I’m not sure if it was pouring my thoughts into this album, hearing thousands of your voices sing the lyrics back to me in passionate solidarity, or if it was simply time, but something was healed along the way.”
Taylor’s Past Success With Re-Releases
The recent re-release of ‘Fearless’ took the 16 original songs and added a deluxe of three original songs. She even included three demos and acoustic interpretations of the songs. Swifties were quick to do the math and determine that 11 of the songs will be new and unheard. However, deluxe and extended versions were not factored into the calculations, and fans are left anxiously waiting for answers and new songs to belt, like ‘All Too Well.’
Part of ‘All Too Well,’ being popular was because of its origins. Swift said on a podcast last year with Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums list, the song was a very stream-of-consciousness recording when she was in the studio. “It included the F-word, and my sound guy was like, ‘Hey, I burned a CD of that thing that you were doing in case you want it.’ And I was like, ‘Sure. I ended up taking it home and listening to it. And I was like, ‘I actually like this but it definitely is like 10 minutes long and I need to pare it down.’”
They ended up cutting out multiple lines and versions, working with her co-writer Liz Rose to do so. The version she had originally wanted to be released to the public never got to see the light of day which is why fans speculate that her new and improved version of the song will be on the re-release.
The Future For Taylor and Her Swifties
The guessing game on which album would be next to get a “Taylor’s Version” has been an intense one, with many guessing “1989” just because of its sheer popularity. Swift was good at preparing her fans and offering them all the perfect Easter Eggs. She posted on her Instagram story and included four hearts with four exclamation points, a detail that fans were quick to point out that could indicate she was recording her fourth album again.
Swift first confirmed that she’d like to start re-recording when in August 2019 she appeared on Good Morning America to discuss her move from Big Machine Label Group to Itacha Holdings with Scooter Braun. Once again in November 2020, she was moved to Shamrock Holdings when she decided to upload a long post on Twitter, saying that she had started the process of re-recording her old albums.
By Mireille Karadanaian
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