Why does Taylor Swift have Taylor’s Version?

After losing her masters, Taylor Swift is creating new ones

Romina Hinojosa, Staff Writer

Now having 3 soon to be released re-recordings of the classic early eras of Taylor’s music, Taylor Swift will now be owning rights to all her albums pre-Lover era.   

In her early years, Swift signed to Big Machine Records giving all rights to her songs to a man named Scooter Braun. After Swift wanted to gain rights back to her first six albums, Braun sold her masters for 300 million dollars. Now, every time you stream any of her first six albums Braun gets the money instead of Swift. 

Taylor still owns the music and lyrics to her masters, so her immediate response was to rerecord her classics; better off known as “Taylor’s Version”. 

To have her fans want to stream “Taylor’s Version” over the original masters, Swift adds some externalities to her rerecording’s that the original albums do not have.  For example, in Red Taylor’s Version she includes one of her classic songs “All Too Well” and added on an extra 5 minutes’ worth of lyrics to the song, making the song 10 minutes long in total, which has quickly become a fan favorite. She also includes her “vault tracks” which are songs she had made during the era but did not make the album. For example, a couple of my favorite “from the vault tracks” are Nothing New featuring Pheobe Bridgers, Mr. Perfectly Fine, and Message in a Bottle.  

Recently during Swift’s tour, she announced mid concert she will be releasing Speak Now Taylors Version. Many fans have been looking forward to this release. Make sure to stream Taylors Version instead of the original masters when you want to hear her amazing music. And make sure to stream Speak Now Taylor’s Version July 7th!