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If you’re unfamiliar with Taylor Swift’s discography, she has been in the process of re-recording her albums because the entirety of her master recordings were purchased by Scooter Braun, whereas she was not given the opportunity to own her songs. Back in 2019, she announced that all six of her previous albums would be re-recorded. Now, she owns multiple re-recorded albums, marked with parentheses labeled “Taylor’s Version” to demonstrate which albums she owns. She has already re-released three previous albums: Fearless, Red, and Speak Now.
However, one album that left fans waiting in anticipation was 1989, originally released in 2014. The album featured many of Swift’s biggest hits, such as “Bad Blood,” “Wildest Dreams,” “Style,” and “Shake It Off.” The original body of work won three Grammys, including Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Music Video for “Bad Blood.” Her fifth studio album also solidified Swift as a pop star. Swift announced that the re-release was coming during her Eras Tour concert in Inglewood, California back in August.
One of the reasons why fans were clamoring for this particular album was Swift’s comments about the album, especially on social media. After she announced the re-recording was coming at the end of October, she said that the vault tracks were “insane,” which left fans eager to hear the “new” songs. The album was released Friday at midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST), whilst Pacific Standard Time (PST) listeners got the album at 9 p.m. on Thursday night. Right after the album was released on all music streaming platforms, Swift took to social media to formally announce the album.
“I was born in 1989, reinvented for the first time in 2014, and a part of me was reclaimed in 2023 with the re-release of this album I love so dearly,” Swift wrote on Instagram. “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the magic you would sprinkle on my life for so long. I present to you, with gratitude and wonder, my version of 1989.”
Although fans can find their old favorites on 1989 (Taylor’s Version), the re-released album included five “From the Vault” tracks, which were typically written at the time of the album but not included on the original release. Such tracks are “Slut,” Don’t Say Go,” “Now That We Don’t Talk,” Suburban Legends,” and “Is It Over Now?” Swift released a deluxe version of the album, too, with a “Bad Blood” remix, which featured Kendrick Lamar’s rap verse. It is the only feature for the original album and the re-released album. Swift took to social media on Friday morning to express her gratitude toward Lamar for re-recording his verse.
“The reality that Kendrick would go back and re-record Bad Blood so that I could reclaim and own this work I’m so proud of is surreal and bewildering to me,” Swift captioned on Instagram. “I’m overjoyed to say that the Bad Blood Remix (featuring Kendrick Lamar) is available everywhere on the 1989 Deluxe Album.”
Now, fans are excited to see whether re-releases will be announced soon for the last two albums, Reputation and Debut. Fans have taken to social media to discuss which one they think will come first. There are strong feelings that Reputation is next in the queue to take back her reputation and then her name from the people who stole her music. However, this is not confirmed by Swift yet. Until a re-release or a brand new album is announced by Swift though, fans can wait to attend an Eras Tour concert, watch her concert film in theaters, or see her in the stands at a Chiefs game. According to tour dates, the Eras Tour will continue well into 2024 around the world.
In the words of Swift, “I can build a castle out of all the bricks they threw at me.”
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