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“Red”: Taylor’s Version

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by Karen Kohler 

     Miss Americana herself is blessing us with more content than we could think to ask for today, Nov. 12. Taylor Swift is re-releasing her fourth studio album, “Red,” but this time with 30 songs, including vault songs we’ve never heard before and a ten-minute version of fan favorite “All Too Well.” Not only is she releasing a ten minute version of this song that many love to scream shamelessly in their car, but we are also getting a short film to go with it. This short film will feature Miss Swift herself as well as “Teen Wolf” star Dylan O’Brien and “Stranger Things” star Sadie Sink.  

     ​The album will also feature stars such as Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton and Phoebe Bridgers. Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol will also be returning to re-record the beautifully building ballad that is “The Last Time,” but he is not set to record any new songs with Swift. On Saturday, the day after the album comes out, Taylor will be performing on SNL, so we can hope to see her perform some of her vault songs for the first time!

     ​If you’re asking yourself why Taylor needs to re-record her albums, it’s because she no longer owns her first six. When her former label Big Machine was bought by Scooter Braun, they were sold for $300 million to Shamrock Holdings, an investment company based in Los Angeles that no one really knew about until this. Scooter Braun and Swift were already on poor terms with each other because of his connections with Kanye West and Justin Bieber, all of whom have treated her poorly in the past. Now he’s the reason that Swift doesn’t own her first six albums, but she wasn’t going to let that stop her — instead she just figured out how to make them again, this time even better!  

     While Swift fans are obviously upset on her behalf that her music got stolen, they are grateful that this means more content from her. Swift has already re-recorded her sophomore album, “Fearless,” back in April, and now she has just released “Red.” That leaves her debut self-titled album, “Speak Now,” “1989” and “Reputation.” She can not re-record “Reputation” quite yet though, because it hasn’t been long enough since its original release, so we can probably expect to see that album last. 

     A good bet is that we will get “1989” next, since Swift has already released a single for it: the re-recording of “Wildest Dreams.” However, Miss Swift is known for her surprises, so who knows what could happen! For now go enjoy the emotional journey that is “Red”!