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Taylor Swift has released the first of her rerecorded albums.
On Thursday, the singer released the new version of her sophomore album, Fearless. The rerecording, Fearless (Taylor’s Version), features 26 songs, including six previously unreleased ones. The singer also shared lyric videos for all the songs on her YouTube channel following the release.
“My version of Fearless will have 26 songs on it because I’ve decided to add songs from the vault, which are songs that almost made the original Fearless album, but I’ve now gone back and recorded those so that everyone will be able to hear not only songs that made the album, but the songs that almost made it: the full picture,” Swift said in a video that aired on Good Morning America when announcing the rerecording.
As fans anticipated the reimagined album, on Thursday, Swift shared snippets of her rerecorded songs on various social media platforms ahead of the release. Swift even enlisted help from singers Olivia Rodrigo and Conan Gray who shared videos of themselves dancing and singing along to Swift’s “You Belong With Me” and “White Horse.”
Though Fearless is Swift’s second album, it is the first of her Big Machine releases that she’s rerecorded. The album, which includes hit singles “You Belong With Me” and “Fifteen,” went on to win the Grammy for album of the year in 2010 — Swift has since become recognized as the only female solo artist to have won that top prize three times.
In February, Swift offered fans the first preview of the new Fearless album by releasing a rerecorded version of her 2008 single, “Love Story” called “Love Story (Taylor’s Version).” Just last month, Swift unveiled her first song “from the vault” called “You All Over Me,” which featured country singer Maren Morris. Earlier this week, Swift also released another vault song, “Mr. Perfectly Fine.” Keith Urban also joins the singer for a collaboration on “That’s When” and singing harmonies on “We Were Happy.”
The singer first confirmed in 2019 that she would rerecord her songbook, which includes Taylor Swift (2006), Fearless (2008), Speak Now (2010), Red (2012), 1989 (2014) and 2017’s Reputation to offset the controversial $300 million deal between Scooter Braun and Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta.
In addition to rerecording her masters, Swift released two new albums, Folklore and Evermore. She recently won album of the year for Folklore at the 63rd Grammy Awards, which made her the only female solo artist to have won that top prize three times.
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