1989 (Taylor's Version)
October 27, 2023
Table of Contents
Taylor described 1989 as the most “sonically cohesive” studio album she ever made. In an interview with Kiss FM (UK), she confirmed that the title was inspired by the music developed in her birth year, 1989, which she had re-discovered during the making of this album. In September 2014, Taylor told Rolling Stone that Martin, New York City, her journal, Fine Young Cannibals and a sense of experimentation were the key influences underpinning the album. In relation to experimentation, Taylor elaborated on the music of the 1980s:
In November 2018, her contract with her forber record label, Big Machine Records, expired; she hence withdrew from Big Machine and signed a new recording deal with Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group, which secured her the rights to own the masters of the new music she would release going forward. In 2019, American businessman Scooter Braun and his company Ithaca Holdings acquired the Big Machine Label Group. As part of the acquisition, ownership of the master recordings to Taylor’s first six studio albums, including 1989, transferred to Braun. Taylor immediately denounced Braun’s purchase of the label and announced that she would re-record her first six studio albums, to own the masters to her life’s work herself. In November 2020, Braun sold the masters to Shamrock Holdings, an American private equity firm owned by the Disney estate, under the conditions that Braun and Ithaca Holdings would continue to financially profit from the albums. Taylor began re-recording her first six studio albums in November 2020.
Release and Promotion
The music video for “I Can See You“, a vault track from Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) (2023) included an Easter egg hinting at the re-record of 1989. Finally, several hints to the imminent announcement were noticed by fans while Taylor performed at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles as part of her sixth concert tour, “The Eras Tour”, on August 9, 2023, including several of Taylor’s outfits changing to a blue color, and fans’ LED wristbands flashing blue five times. During the acoustic section of the show, Taylor officially announced 1989 (Taylor’s Version) as her next re-recorded album, set for release on October 27, 2023, nine years after the original release of 1989. She said:
1989 (Taylor’s Version) is scheduled for release on October 27, 2023, making it Taylor’s fourth re-recorded album. It contains 22 tracks, six of which are designated “From the Vault“, indicating unreleased songs that were written for 1989 but did not make the final track list in 2014. The physical re-recording comes in vinyl, cassette, and CD formats. In addition to the standard CD and LP, Taylor released three other CD variants featuring different packaging and either posters or polaroid photographs, as well as four vinyl variants, one of which is an exclusive deluxe edition with a bonus track from the vault.