New release of “Red” will be released in November
Taylor Swift will release her fourth album “Red” (2012) on November 19th in a newly recorded version – with a total of 30 songs.
Taylor Swift (31) is slowly but surely regaining control of her own music: The pop star had announced in a TV interview in 2019 that she would re-record her first six albums due to ongoing legal disputes. In April 2021 she took the first step with the new recording of “Fearless” (2008). Now the second follows: On November 19th, her album “Red” from 2012 will be released in a newly recorded version.
As Swift announced on Instagram, the “Red (Taylor’s Version)” will contain a total of 30 songs. One of the pieces is even ten minutes long: “This will be the first time that you will get to hear all 30 songs that should originally have landed on ‘Red’,” said the singer. In the long post, Swift also talked about the fact that the original album was made at a time when she was struggling with lovesickness and that writing the song helped her a lot at the time.
That is what the litigation is about
The background to the new recordings is a longstanding legal dispute: Between 2006 and 2017, Swift was under contract with the Big Machine label, where they released their first six albums. In mid-2019, entrepreneur Scooter Braun (40) bought the label and thus secured the rights to the master recordings of Swift’s songs. Then a dispute broke out over it. Allegedly, Braun and his partner Scott Borchetta (58) even wanted to forbid the singer from performing her old songs.
In November 2020, Braun then sold the master tapes of the six albums to the investment company Shamrock Holdings. Swift was not informed of the deal.