Taylor Swift has begun re-recording her first six albums and it sounds like it’s going better than expected.
In a letter to fans posted to Twitter and Tumblr, Taylor revealed that she has moved forward with her plans to re-record her old albums in an attempt to regain ownership of her music. She wrote,
“I have recently begun re-recording my older music and it has already proven to be both exciting and creatively fulfilling.”
“I have plenty of surprises in store. I want to thank you guys for supporting me through this ongoing saga, and I can’t wait for you to hear what I’ve been dreaming up.”
The open letter also revealed what had been going on behind the scenes and it wasn’t pretty.
The Grammy award-winning singer revealed that she tried to negotiate with Scooter for her masters, however, he wouldn’t even give her a quote without forcing her to sign an NDA saying that she would never speak badly about him in the press again.
But Taylor would not be silenced. She turned down the deal and, in turn, he sold her music to a private equity company called Shamrock Holdings.
At first, Taylor was interested in potentially working with Shamrock, but upon learning that Scooter would continue making money off her music despite selling it, she decided against it.
In a letter to Shamrock Holdings, she wrote,
“If I support you, as you request, I will be contributing to these future payments to Scooter Braun and Ithaca Holdings. I simply cannot in good conscience bring myself to be involved in benefiting Scooter Braun’s interests directly or indirectly.”
She went on to tell them that she would continue with her plan to re-record her old music. She ended the letter by writing,
“I hope you will understand that this is my only way of regaining the sense of pride I once had when hearing sounds from my first six albums and also allowing my fans to listen to those albums without feelings of guilt for benefiting Scooter.”
Taylor’s sound has changed considerably since releasing her self-titled first album Taylor Swift 14 years ago.
Her first three albums, Taylor Swift (2006), Fearless (2008), and Speak Now (2010), were pretty country-pop and her fourth album, Red (2012), was considered a “crossover album” with a mixture of both country-pop and straight-up pop songs.
A lot of her older country songs were sung with a bit more of a twang — will she keep the same vocals when rerecording? Or will she bring more of her pop-style vocals that she’s leaned into the last few years?
As for the “surprises” she promises, I think we’re all hoping for a few bonus songs from her past that never made the original tracklist. But either way, I’m sure Taylor will deliver something amazing.
For a history of Taylor’s ongoing battle to regain ownership of her music against Scooter Braun, check out our article here.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and The Challenge. When she’s not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her taking an absurd amount of photos of her tuxedo cat Tom.