Taylor Swift has thanked her fans for inspiring her to remake and reclaim her art.
The ‘You Need to Calm Down’ hitmaker has today released the re-recorded version of her acclaimed 2012 album Red, and admitted it wouldn’t have been possible if her Swifties hadn’t ‘emboldened’ her.
The 31-year-old wrote on social media: ‘Just a friendly reminder that I would never have thought it was possible to go back and remake my previous work, uncovering lost art and forgotten gems along the way, if you hadn’t emboldened me.
‘Red is about to be mine again, but it has always been ours. Tonight we begin again. Red (my version) is out now.’
The Grammy-winner is re-recording her early albums after Scooter Braun purchased her former record label, Big Machine Label Group, for $300million (£224m), and with it acquired the rights to her back catalogue.
Scooter’s Ithaca Holdings then sold the catalogue to Shamrock Holdings, without offering Taylor the chance to buy her masters.
The original album boasted 16 tracks, but Red (Taylor’s Version) is an epic 30 tracks long.
It includes an extended 10-minute version of All Too Well – which is said to be about her split from Hollywood star Jake Gyllenhaal in 2011.
A short film of the same name written and directed by Taylor will follow at midnight tonight.
Elsewhere, Phoebe Bridgers features on Nothing New, and Ed Sheeran is on a new duet called Run, as well as featuring on the new cut of Everything Has Changed/
Chris Stapleton is on I Bet You Think About Me and Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody is back on The Last Time.
In a voice note added to the end of the record on Apple Music, Taylor details the theme of heartbreak running throughout Red, and she felt ‘healed’ after revisiting her past work.
The star, who is in a relationship with actor Joe Alwyn, elaborated: ‘Musically and lyrically, Red resembled a heartbroken person. It was all over the place, a fractured mosaic of feelings that somehow all fit together in the end. Happy, free, confused, lonely, devastated, euphoric, wild, and tortured by memories past.
‘Like trying on pieces of a new life, I went into the studio and experimented with different sounds and collaborators.
‘And I’m not sure if it was pouring my thoughts into this album, hearing thousands of your voices sing the lyrics back to me in passionate solidarity, or if it was simply time, but something was healed along the way.’
Red (Taylor’s Version) follows April’s Fearless (Taylor’s Version), the new recording of her 2008 album.
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