Ever since Taylor Swift dropped the Taylor's Version of her Fearless album, Swifties who have been a fan since the OG release were taken back to their high school days in a flurry of pure feels. Fans are also very happy that Taylor is finally owning the music and lyrics that significantly defined both her personal and professional life.
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ICYDK, Taylor's former music label Big Machine Label Group, under which her first six albums were released, was acquired by Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings in 2019. Months later, Scooter went on to sell the master rights of Taylor's six albums to private equity compant Shamrock Holdings. While she's legally allowed to re-record her old music on her own terms, her contract states that she won't be able to do so until after November 2020.
Now that we finally have the much-awaited release of Taylor's first re-recorded album, many fans have immediately resurfaced an old tweet from another artist that somehow bears connection to the entire idea of Taylor's Version.
In July 2019, Kelly Clarkson tweeted at the singer-songwriter about a seemingly genius plan--that Taylor re-record the songs from her past albums whose masters she doesn't own. Get this, the tweet was made just a few months before Taylor officially announced her plans of doing exactly that.
Aside from suggesting the re-recording of her old songs, Kelly also dropped the idea of including new art and "some kind of incentive" for fans if Taylor does decide to re-record her old music. True enough, the 2021 release of Fearless also features Taylor recreating the OG album cover with a new twist, cute new merch for fans to collect, and a set of new, unreleased tracks from "the vault."
In an old interview with Jimmy Fallon, Kelly explains that the idea actually originated from her mother-in-law, Reba McEntire, who had to do the same thing for her own music. "She re-cut all her music and did the same musicians, same everything. That’s where I got the idea," Kelly tells Jimmy.
Fast forward to now and we're finally *blessed* with the first set of Taylor's re-recorded masterpiece. We're not saying that Kelly was solely the mastermind behind Taylor's genius move, but it certainly does exude big brain energy, don't you think?
Listen to "Fearless (Taylor's Version)" here: