Which Albums Is Taylor Swift Re-Recording? A Guide To The Remake Of Her First Six Albums

27 January 2023, 11:34

Taylor Swift is re-recording all of her old music
Taylor Swift is re-recording all of her old music. Picture: Getty
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Taylor Swift is re-recording six albums after her back catalogue was sold to a private equity firm, but which songs and albums is she heading back into the studio to recreate?

Taylor Swift has a whopping 10 successful albums to her name and is re-recording six of them so she owns the complete rights to every single one of her creations.

We’ve already heard the new version of 'Fearless', with six new songs that never made it to the original EP added to the track list, and her re-release of 'Red' is taking us all back to 2012.

The announcement of the pop icon's long-awaited return to the road with Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour has confirmed Taylor's planning on taking her latest albums and some of her re-records around the globe!

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But which 'Taylor's Version' album are we getting next, and why? Here are all the details you need to know…

Taylor Swift is re-recording her first six albums
Taylor Swift is re-recording her first six albums. Picture: Getty

Which albums is Taylor Swift re-recording?

Here’s a list of the albums Taylor has already re-recorded/is recording all over again:

  • ‘Taylor Swift’, 2006.
  • ‘Fearless’, 2008 - ('Fearless – Taylor's Version' was released in April 2021).
  • ‘Speak Now’, 2010.
  • ‘Red’, 2012 – ('Red – Taylor's Version' was released in November 2021).
  • ‘1989’, 2014.
  • 'Reputation', 2017.

It's thought 'Speak Now – Taylor's Version' will be released next after she dropped a string of Easter eggs in her 'Bejeweled' music video and her 'Lavender Haze' music video.

Taylor’s self-titled debut album brought us songs such as 'Tim McGraw’ and ‘Teardrops on my Guitar’ while ‘Fearless’ gave us the likes of ‘Fifteen’, ‘Love Story’ and ‘You Belong With Me’.

‘Speak Now’ was nominated for ‘Best Country Album’ at the 54th Grammy Awards, thanks to songs such as ‘Sparks Fly’, ‘Back to December’ and ‘Dear John’.

‘Red’ detailed more of Taylor’s love life with songs like ‘All Too Well’ and ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ – and who could forget the iconic '22’!?

Meanwhile ‘1989’ is most famous for 'Style’, ‘Blank Space’, ‘Shake It Off’ and ‘Bad Blood’.

'Lover' was the first album Taylor Swift fully owned
'Lover' was the first album Taylor Swift fully owned. Picture: Getty

Why is Taylor Swift re-recording her albums?

Taylor is re-recording her albums after her former record label sold her back catalogue in a reported $300 million deal.

She’s now re-recording her first six albums so her music “can live on.”

Taylor explained in an interview with Billboard for their Woman of the Decade cover story: "Every week, we get a dozen synch requests to use 'Shake It Off' in some advertisement or 'Blank Space' in some movie trailer, and we say no to every single one of them.

"And the reason I’m rerecording my music next year is because I do want my music to live on. I do want it to be in movies, I do want it to be in commercials. But I only want that if I own it."

‘Lover’, which was released in 2019, was the first album Taylor fully owned.

Can Taylor Swift re-record 'Reputation'?

Taylor can now officially begin working on the re-recording of 'Reputation', which was released in 2017. She reportedly had to wait until November 2022 to legally re-record the music.

The reason for this is likely due to a common clause in contracts which says songs can’t be rerecorded until “the later of two years following the expiration of the agreement or five years after the commercial release,” according to Rolling Stone.

This means, as of 10th November, Tay can officially re-record the album.

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