Taylor Swift announced on Friday her next album Red (Taylor’s Version) will release on November 19. Red will be her next re-recorded album of her 2012 original by the same name and will feature 30 songs.
Red was the singer and actor’s fourth album.
Swift accompanied the announcement with a note on Instagram that read, “Musically and lyrically, Red resembled a heartbroken person,” calling is a “fractured mosaic of feelings that somehow all fit together in the end.”
“I’ve always said that the world is a different place for the heartbroken. It moves on a different axis, at a different speed. Time skips backwards and forwards fleetingly. The heartbroken might go through thousands of micro-emotions a day trying to figure out how to get through it without picking up the phone to hear that old familiar voice. In the land of heartbreak, moments of strength, independence, and devil-may-care rebellion are intricately woven together with grief, paralyzing vulnerability and hopelessness. Imagining your future might always take you on a detour back to the past. And this is all to say, that the next album I’ll be releasing is my version of Red,” the post read.
Swift added that she went into the studio and experimented with different sounds and collaborators with mixed emotions, and tortured by memories of past.
“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,” she wrote.
She concluded her note hinting at the song All Too Well from her 2012 album that is ten-minute long, and said, “Sometimes you need to talk it over (over and over and over) for it to ever really be… over. Like your friend who calls you in the middle of the night going on and on about their ex, I just couldn’t stop writing. This will be the first time you hear all 30 songs that were meant to go on Red. And hey, one of them is even ten minutes long.”
Red will be the American singer’s second re-recorded version of her original albums, after Fearless that released in April.
Swift plans on re-recording all her six albums that released from between her debut in 2006 and 2017.
The decision to re-record her albums came after her earlier works were sold to celebrity manager Scooter Braun by Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Records. Swift portrayed her resentment regarding the decision on Tumblr in 2019, calling Braun a “bully” and said that she was “sad and grossed”. Braun later sold the master labels to Shemrock Holdings.
Swift signed with Big Machine as a newcomer and the deal barred her from retaining ownership of her work. She later quit and signed with Record Labels and UMG in 2019.
She owns the rights to her 2019 album “Lover,” 2020’s sister albums “Folklore” and “Evermore,” as well as any rerecorded albums and future releases.