After teasing the project for some time and releasing new singles and a dance remix, Taylor Swift has finally dropped Fearless (Taylor's Version). The re-recorded version of her 2008 studio album Fearless is the first of six re-recorded albums Swift plans to release.
Swift decided to record new versions of her albums after a failed attempt to buy back the original master recordings from Scooter Braun. He then sold the masters to Shamrock Holdings for a reported $300 million. Swift claims Braun, who manages stars like Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato, has repeatedly bullied her. She denounced his sale publicly and promised to re-record her original six albums, this time with masters of her own.
The move to re-record her old albums is strategic on Swift's part. It could de-value the earning potential of the older versions by encouraging fans, advertisers, broadcasters, and other users to listen to or license the new versions. In addition to boosting her streaming income and album sales, Swift now has more control over who she gives her recordings to. For example: if she wanted to to license a Fearless song for use in a commercial, she can sign the deal herself without having to worry about the owner of the original version.
It was the night things changed. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is out now: https://t.co/Sw5JzYR4cS pic.twitter.com/SoJRNdPfho— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) April 9, 2021
The new Fearless album features several collaborations with her folklore and evermore collaborators Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff. In addition to the new versions of the 19 original tracks included on the deluxe edition of Fearless, Fearless (Taylor's Version) includes the 2010 song "Today Was a Fairytale" from the rom-com Valentine’s Day and six additional songs "From the Vault."
You can buy Fearless (Taylor's Version), as well as new limited-edition merch, here.
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Article Image: Taylor Swift performing on her "1989 World Tour" in Shanghai, China in 2015. (ChinaImages via DepositPhotos.)