Taylor Swift announces 'Red' as next re-recorded album and Swifties are not OK

Mark your calendars because 'Red (Taylor's Version)' will be released on Nov. 19.
Published June 18, 2021 4:58 p.m. EST
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Taylor Swift's 2012 Grammy-winning album, Red, is getting its Taylor's Version treatment next and Swifties have been rejoicing since the singer shared the news on Instagram.

Red, Swift's fourth studio album, features songs like "I Knew You Were Trouble," "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "22," and it's the latest album that Swift will rerecord, following 2008's Fearless, which she re-released in April

In an Instagram post, Swift announced that Red is set to release on Nov. 19 and will feature all 30 songs originally meant to be on the album.

“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,” Swift wrote in the post’s caption. “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.”

Swift explained why she chose to skip over Speak Now and head straight to Red, even though fans thought she would be working on 1989 next. 

"Musically and lyrically, Red resembled a heartbroken person," Swift wrote. "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. Like trying on pieces of a new life, I went into 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 said that the new version of Red will include every song that was intended for its original release.

"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," she wrote in her announcement post. "This will be the first time you hear all 30 songs that were meant to go on Red. And hey, one of them is even 10 minutes long."

Swifties everywhere took to Twitter to celebrate the news, with many pointing out that there are 22 weeks between her announcement date and the release of Red. Also... the announcement happens to fall on Scooter Braun's birthday. Is it sunny in here because all we see is shade!

It's just so ironic that Swift announced the new Taylor's Version album on Braun's 40th birthday. *Sips tea* 

Her re-recorded albums come after Braun bought Big Machine Records, the label where Taylor's career began. After the music mogul purchased the label, he acquired ownership of Swift's master recordings for her first six albums. Then, Braun went and sold her masters in a deal allegedly worth around $450 million. The new deal would allow Braun to continue making money off the sale of her old music, but Swift wasn't having any of that.

On Good Morning America that year, Robin Roberts asked the singer if it was true that she planned to re-record all her albums. “Yeah, that’s true, and it’s something that I’m very excited about doing,” replied Swift. “My contract says that starting November 2020, I can record albums one through five all over again,” she continued. “I’m very excited about it.”

The countdown to Red (Taylor's Version) is on!


BEFORE YOU GO: Taylor Swift gives an inspiring speech at the Brit Awards


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