Two months after the release of Fearless (Taylor’s Version), Taylor Swift announced that she will be dropping the re-recorded version of her fourth studio album Red on November 19, 2021.
The 31-year-old singer shared via Twitter on June 19 that Red (Taylor’s Version) will feature all 30 songs that were “meant to go on Red,” including a 10-minute track.
“I’ve always said that the world is a different place for the heartbroken. It moves on a different axis, at a different speed. Time skips backwards and forwards fleetingly. The heartbroken might go through thousands of micro-emotions a day trying to figure out how to get through it without picking up the phone to hear that old familiar voice,” Taylor wrote.
“In the land of heartbreak, moments of strength, independence, and devil-may-care rebellion are intricately woven together with grief, paralyzing vulnerability and hopelessness. Imagining your future might always take you on a detour back to the past. And this is all to say, that the next album I’ll be releasing is my version of Red.”
The Grammy-winning artist said that Red, musically and lyrically, resembled a heartbroken person; that it “was all over the place, a fractured mosaic of feelings that somehow all fit together in the end… Happy, free, confused, lonely, devastated, euphoric, wild, and tortured by memories past.”
She also said that “like trying on pieces of a new life,” she returned to the studio and experimented with different sounds and collaborators.
“And I’m not sure if it was pouring my thoughts into this album, hearing thousands of your voices sing the lyrics back to me in passionate solidarity, or if it was simply time, but something was healed along the way,” she added.
“Sometimes you need to talk it over (over and over and over) for it to ever really be… over. Like your friend who calls you in the middle of the night going on and on about their ex, I just couldn’t stop writing,” Taylor said.
Taylor released Red in October 2012. The platinum-certified album carried hit songs, such as “Stay Stay Stay,” “Red,” “Treacherous,” “Begin Again,” “All Too Well,” and “Everything Has Changed” with Ed Sheehan.
Taylor released the re-recording of her hit 2008 album Fearless in April 2021, which included 26 tracks, including six previously unreleased songs from the vault. It has all of the original album’s 13 songs and six more from the record’s platinum version.
Taylor began re-recording her albums after a long-running dispute with her former record company Big Machine and music executive Scooter Braun over the rights to her chart-topping songs.
Braun bought Big Machine in 2019 after Swift left the label in 2018 for a new deal with Universal Music Group. Last year, he sold Swift’s master recordings to a private equity company in a deal reported to be worth more than $300 million. – Rappler.com