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After saying just a few months ago that she was re-recording her old albums, Taylor Swift is finally ready to release the first of those re-recorded records: her sophomore album Fearless.
Swift announced Thursday morning that she’s done with re-recording Fearless and that the new rendition, titled Fearless (Taylor’s Version), which you can see the cover art for below, will feature 26 songs, including six “songs from the vault.”
Sharing the news in a video that aired on Thursday’s Good Morning America, Swift said, “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 posted the new album art and a message to fans about the new release and her thoughts on making the original and re-recorded versions of the album on social media.
Though Fearless is Swift’s second album, it is the first of her Big Machine releases that she’s rerecorded.
While Swift has yet to officially announce the release date for the new Fearless, her social media post about the re-recorded album featured capital letters spelling out “APRIL NINTH,” leading fans to believe that April 9, 2021 would be the release date.
Swift announced that her new version of single “Love Story,” which fans heard a snippet of in a December Match ad from Ryan Reynolds’ company Maximum Effort Productions, will be out at midnight tonight.
The re-recorded Fearless is the third album Swift has completed over the past 11 months, following surprise releases Folklore and Evermore, while most of the world has been in a state of lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Fearless, the most awarded country album of all time, won Swift her first album of the year Grammy, making her the youngest artist to win that top award at the time, and is one of the best selling albums of the 21st century. Swift won another album of the year prize for 1989 and is nominated again this year for the top honor for Folklore.
Swift announced her intention to re-rerecord her back catalog in August 2019, shortly after Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings acquired Big Machine Label Group, and with it all of the music Swift recorded during her time with the Scott Borchetta-owned label.
The acquisition took Swift by surprise, writing on Tumblr shortly after the deal was announced that she learned of it “as it was announced to the world” and the news reminded her of the “incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at [Braun’s] hands for years.” Since then, Swift has repeatedly spoken out against Braun and has stated her intention to own her music.
Last year, Braun sold the master rights to Swift’s first six albums to Shamrock Holdings. In commenting on this latest deal, which Swift referred to as “the second time my music had been sold without my knowledge,” Swift announced she had begun re-recording her older music.
“It has already proven to be both exciting and creatively fulfilling,” she said of the re-recording process at the time, adding she has “plenty of surprises in store.”
Check out Swift’s social media post below.
I’m thrilled to tell you that my new version of Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is done and will be with you soon. It has 26 songs including 6 never before released songs from the vault. Love Story (Taylor’s Version) will be out tonight. Pre-order now at https://t.co/NqBDS6cGFl 💛💛 pic.twitter.com/Vjyy2gA72O
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 11, 2021
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