Taylor Swift has already finished rerecording ‘Fearless’ and plans to release the album ‘soon’
She’s also dropping a rerecorded version of ‘Love Story’ on Feb. 12 at midnight
Less than three months after the release of “Evermore,” Taylor Swift is already primed to release another new(-ish) album.
What’s going on?
On Thursday morning, Taylor Swift made a virtual appearance on “Good Morning America” to announce she has finished rerecording her Grammy-winning sophomore album, “Fearless,” and it will be “coming out soon.”
Her visit included a sneak peak of the album’s cover art (pictured below) and news that a rerecorded version of “Love Story,” one of the most popular songs on the original “Fearless” album, will be released on Friday at midnight, just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend.
About the album
In a written statement Swift posted on Twitter and Instagram Thursday, the singer commented on her experience revisiting her old music. Today reports that, although the statement doesn’t explicitly share a release date for the new album, fans identified that the message includes randomly capitalized letters that spelled out the words “APRIL NINTH.”
If the album is released on April 9, it will mark Swift’s third release in less than one calendar year. In July, Swift released “Folklore,” and in December she dropped a surprise sister album, “Evermore.”
According to Swift’s social media posts, the rerecorded version of “Fearless” will feature 26 tracks, including six songs “from the vault” that weren’t previously released.
“i’ve spoken a lot about why i’m remaking my first six albums, but the way i’ve chosen to do this will hopefuLy help illuminate where I’m coming from,” Swift’s statement reads.
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
“this process has been more fulfilling and emoTional than i could’ve imagined and has made me even more determined to re-record all of my music,” she added. “i Hope you’ll like this first outing as much as i liked traveling back in time to recreate it.”
Good Morning America reports that “Fearless” is the most awarded country album of all time. The album was first released in November 2008 and it earned Swift her first Grammy award for Album of the Year. Swift won once more in 2014 for her album “1989” and is in the running to win it again for her 2020 release “Folklore.”
Why Swift is rerecording her old music?
As previously reported by the Deseret News, Swift released a statement in November 2020 announcing she would rerecord her early albums in an attempt to own all her music. In 2019, Swift’s former record label sold the master records to her first six albums (“Taylor Swift,” “Fearless,” “Speak Now,” “Red,” “1989” and “Reputation”) to Scooter Braun’s investment holdings company Ithaca Holdings. Braun then resold the masters to Shamrock Holdings in November for a reported $300 million.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Swift’s contracts allow her to rerecord her first five albums as of November 2020. She will presumably be granted permission to rerecord her sixth studio album, “Reputation,” sometime in the future. Swift currently owns the master recordings to her three most recent albums, “Lover,” “Folklore” and “Evermore.”
More on Swift
Earlier this month, Swift made headlines as Utah’s Evermore theme park sued the singer for trademark infringement. The park alleges that Swift borrowed from the park’s marketing efforts when she released an album with the same name and effectively “drowned out” the park’s online presence, the Deseret News reports.