In November of 2018, Taylor Swift began feuding with her manager, Scooter Braun, due to his “tyrannical” behavior over her music rights. While her contract was ending, the tensions became higher and higher. As most of us know, Taylor writes all of her own music and most of the scoring of it too. It seems only fair that she would be able to keep the rights to her own music, even after the contract ended, but, as the patriarchy goes, she lost this battle. Does this mean she stopped fighting? Absolutely not.
In August of 2019, Swift announced that she would be re-recording her first six albums, which were not under name anymore. As for the “Swifties”, we are ecstatic! On February 12th, 2021, Swift released the re-recording of her hit single “Love Story”. It sounds very similar to the original recording, but I can definitely hear the maturity in her voice and the little changes in the backing track.
I think for me (and many other teenagers,) these new re-recordings are a glimmer of hope in the darkness that we’ve encountered in the past 12 months. With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, Swift has carried us through the whole thing. In July of 2020, she released her first folk album, “Folklore”, which brought a wistful and hopeful feeling to the air. In December of 2020, she dropped a second, surprise folk album, “Evermore”. This one was more deep and sappy, but nonetheless, it was just as amazing as the first one. Now, with the re-recordings coming out as things begin to return to somewhat normalcy, I feel very hopeful for the future, and having something like this to look forward to makes it even better.
So many of us have grown up with Taylor Swift and feel as though we are a part of the family, which is a mutual feeling with her and her fans. With the new re-recordings coming out of “Fearless”, “Speak Now”, “Red”, “1989”, and “Reputation”, we all have excitement to look forward to and being able to relive all of those eras and all of the feels that came along with them.