Taylor Swift announced this morning that Swifties can finally start counting down the days to the release of some rerecorded work. One classic Swift song is even coming out tonight.
If you’ve been following Taylor’s story for at least the last two years, then you know the masters for her early albums (Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now, Red, 1989, and reputation) belonged to her previous record label Big Machine Records (Taylor is now with Republic Records and Universal Music Group.) which was sold to Scooter Braun in June 2019. In November 2020, they were sold again to Shamrock Holdings. Both of these sales took place without Taylor’s knowledge despite her desire to reacquire her masters.
While not being able to own the rights to her work is not what she would have wanted, Taylor Swift announced in 2019–when her album Lover was released with her new label–that it would only be a few months before her contract allowed her to start rerecording her first six albums. Fans were excited for Taylor to reclaim her work and to hear how she would produce old favorites with changes in her voice and style over the years.
In December, we got the first sneak peak at the new version of “Love Story” when Taylor shared it with her friend Ryan Reynolds for a match.com commercial.
If you were hanging on to the just over a minute of Romeo and Juliet love from that commercial, your wait is over! Tonight, “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” is out at midnight ET. It is the first single on Taylor’s upcoming Fearless (Taylor’s Version) album which will include the original 26 songs from her second studio album and six new songs that didn’t make it onto the original. (It’s only been two months since evermore album.)
“”Fearless was an album full of magic and curiosity, the bliss and devastation of youth, it was the diary of the adventures and explorations of a teenage girl who was learning tiny lessons with every new crack in the facade of the fairytale ending she’d been shown in the movies,” Taylor said in her note on the album. She also brought back a Fearless Easter Egg, capitalizing seemingly random letters in her note to spell out “APRIL NINTH” which is, of course, the album’s release date.