TAYLOR Swift has announced the re-recording of her breakthrough album featuring six new tracks in a battle against music manager Scooter Braun who bought the rights to her back catalogue.
The superstar says the album, titled Fearless (Taylor’s Version), will include 26 songs, with a handful of never-before-heard tunes which were written between the ages of 16 and 18.
The first single from the album will be Love Story (Taylor’s Version) which she will release tomorrow – more than 12 years after the original peaked at No2.
Taylor, 31, decided to re-record her music after the masters of her old albums were bought by Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande’s manager Scooter, who she called an "incessant, manipulative bully.”
It means he will continue to profit from the original recordings of her music, although he won’t earn money from Taylor’s new re-recorded versions.
Announcing the news on Twitter, she wrote: “I’m thrilled to tell you that my new version of Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is done and will be with you soon. It has 26 songs including 6 never before released songs from the vault. Love Story (Taylor’s Version) will be out tonight."
In a longer statement, she wrote: "I've spoken a lot about why I'm remaking my first six albums, but the way I've chosen to do this will hopefully help illuminate where I'm coming from.
"Artists should own their own work for so many reasons, but the most screamingly obvious one is that the artist is the only one who really *knows* that body of work.
"This process has been more fulfilling and emotional than I could've imagined and has made me even more determined to re-record all of my music."
She has not revealed when the album will be released, but fans believe it will be out on April 9 due to clues in her announcement which had the date capitalised.
Fearless originally peaked in the UK charts at No5 in 2008.
It went on to be named Album of the Year at the Grammys, which meant that at the time, she was the youngest artist to win the accolade.
Taylor’s dispute with Scooter Braun started in 2019 when her former label Big Machine sold her masters to the music mogul, without telling her.
Last October he then sold Swift’s masters, videos and artworks to an equity firm called Shamrock Holdings for $300million in a deal which meant he would still profit off them.
She was offered the chance to partner with the firm but refused because of Scooter’s involvement.
The news of her new record comes just two months after the release of her ninth studio album Evermore.
It went to No1, as well as her eighth album Folklore which she made in lockdown and put out in July.
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