Taylor Swift is re-recording her first six albums. Last year, Swift revealed that the rights to her master recordings were bought under her by Scooter Braun. She had an opportunity to earn back the rights by signing a new contract with her previous record label, Big Machine Records. By signing this contract, she would have to produce six more albums with the label, so she signed with Universal Music Group, where she would have full ownership of all her newly produced music.
Taylor claims that Big Machine and Scooter Braun blindsided her. She offered Scott Borshetta, BMR CEO, that she would buy the record company, but instead, he sold it to Scooter Braun, with who Swift has had a bad relationship since 2015. Swift has said that Scooter Braun buying her master is her “worst nightmare” and has claimed to experience years of “incessant, manipulative bullying” from Scooter Braun and his A-List Colleagues (including Kanye West and Justin Bieber).
Last year, Swift told Good Morning America that she would be re-mastering albums one through six as of November first. These albums consist of her debut self-titled album, Fearless, Speak Now, Red, and 1989. She is not allowed to re-master Reputation until she gets the rights in November 2021. Swift says she is very excited to re-record her past work, as she may incorporate unreleased songs and projects into the old albums.
She has since recorded two new albums, Lover and Folklore, to which she owns all rights. You can stream these albums on Spotify, Apple Music, or Youtube (which she puts on for free, so those who do not have the money to pay to listen to her music can listen for free!)
Julia Whitney’ 21 Arts and Entertainment Editor