Taylor Swift announces her next rerecorded album will be 'Red (Taylor's Version)'

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Taylor Swift announces her next rerecorded album will be 'Red (Taylor's Version)'
Taylor Swift performs on the "Red" tour in 2014.Nicky Loh/TAS/Getty Images for TAS
  • Taylor Swift has announced that her next rerecorded album will be her 2012 release "Red."
  • The album will feature 30 songs, likely including a 10-minute version of "All Too Well."
  • "Red (Taylor's Version)" will be released on November 19.

Taylor Swift revealed on Friday that she has finished rerecording her fourth album, "Red," which was originally released in 2012.

The announcement comes just two months after she released the new version of her sophomore album, "Fearless (Taylor's Version)."

"Musically and lyrically, Red resembled a heartbroken person," Swift wrote in an Instagram post announcing the news. "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."

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Swift said "something was healed along the way" of her experimenting ahead of the recording.

"Like trying on pieces of a new life, I went into the studio and experimented with different sounds and collaborators," Swift wrote. "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."

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Fans suspected that "1989 (Taylor's Version)" would come next when a rerecorded version of the album's fifth single, "Wildest Dreams," appeared in a trailer for "Spirit Untamed." Theories intensified after the singer dropped several hints during an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

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"Red" includes the top 10 hits "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," "Begin Again," "I Knew You Were Trouble," and "Red," as well as fan-favorite songs like "All Too Well" and "22."

"This will be the first time you hear all 30 songs that were meant to go on Red," Swift wrote in her announcement.

This presumably includes all 20 from the album's deluxe version (two were original demo recordings), plus 10 or so cuts "from the vault," which were written around the same time as the original tracklist but never released.

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Some of the additional songs could be rerecorded soundtrack singles from the "Red" era, like "Safe & Sound" (featuring The Civil Wars) from "The Hunger Games."

Swift also hinted that a much-anticipated extended version of "All Too Well" will be featured on the tracklist, writing that "one of them is even 10 minutes long." The beloved deep cut, which Insider ranked the fifth-best song of the decade, originally stretched about 10 minutes and included explicit language.

The original tracklist included featured artists Ed Sheeran ("Everything Has Changed") and Gary Lightbody ("The Last Time"), who could return to reprise their roles like Colbie Caillat did for "Breathe (Taylor's Version)."

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Taylor Swift announces her next rerecorded album will be 'Red (Taylor's Version)'
Taylor Swift's Red era.Gareth Cattermole/TAS/Getty Images for TAS

Swift plans to rerecord all of her first six albums, from 2006's self-titled debut to 2017's "Reputation."

The original master recordings were owned by Big Machine Records, the label Swift signed with as a teenager, which was purchased by Scooter Braun in 2019. The 31-year-old singer said she was "sad and grossed out" by the sale, calling Braun a "bully."

Just 17 months after the celebrity manager acquired Swift's master recordings, he sold them to a private equity company called Shamrock Holdings.

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In a lengthy note to her fans, Swift said Braun wouldn't let her bid on her music until she signed "an ironclad NDA" that would bar her from saying a negative word about him ever again.

"My legal team said that this is absolutely NOT normal, and they've never seen an NDA like this presented unless it was to silence an assault accuser by paying them off," she wrote. "He would never even quote my team a price. These master recordings were not for sale to me."

Swift left Big Machine and signed with Republic Records and UMG in 2018. Her new contract allows her to retain ownership of all new music.

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She owns the rights to her 2019 album "Lover," 2020's sister albums "Folklore" and "Evermore," as well as any rerecorded albums and future releases.

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