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Taylor Swift (Taylor's Version)

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This article is about the re-recording. For the original album, see Taylor Swift (2006).
Taylor Swift (Taylor’s Version) is the upcoming re-recording of Taylor’s debut studio album, Taylor Swift (2006). It will be released by Republic Records but has yet to be announced.
Taylor’s self-titled 2006 debut arrived at a fortuitous moment for young women in country music, particularly those with crossover ambitions. The beers-and-trucks bro-country grip of Florida Georgia Line and their ilk was a few years away from fully tightening; Carrie Underwood had won the 2005 season of American Idol; and The Chicks’ defiant “Not Ready to Make Nice” was making inroads into Top 40 radio. Nevertheless, Taylor crafted a niche market for herself which would soon take over the Nashville music scene; teenagers. She told The Boot in 2008:

«The problem with the music business today in trying to capture today’s youth is they’re trying too hard. There are record labels that are admitting to the fact that they’re trying to copy the 'model' that has worked for Taylor Swift and Big Machine Records. And the thing is, we just didn’t know any better. I was 16 years old and wrote all these songs about being in high school and sophomore relationships, not thinking that people would relate to it, hoping they would, but there really was no business model to make it work for the younger demographic. [But it turns out] if we can relate to lyrics, then we’re going to buy the music and I don’t think that’s a hard formula to figure out. People my age are really, really honest about what they like and what they don’t and they know it when they hear it and they know if they can relate to the lyrics.»

Taylor Swift went on to become the longest-charting album of the 2000s decade and made Taylor the first solo female country artist to write or co-write every song on a (seven times) Platinum debut album. The album’s crossover appeal shaped the country pop style of Taylor’s early career, and its autobiographical narratives about love and heartbreak inspired a subsequent generation of singer-songwriters.
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As per her contract with her former label Big Machine Records, Taylor released six studio albums between 2006 and 2017. In November 2018, her contract with the label 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 Taylor Swift, 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.
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ArtistTaylor Swift
LabelRepublic Records
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