Thursday, February 11, 2021
– Taylor Swift said today she would put out the first song from her upcoming re-recorded version of "Fearless," "Love Story (Taylor's Version)," at midnight.
"I've recorded a new version of 'Fearless,' which will be coming out soon," Swift said. She also unveiled the album jacket.
Swift had said she would re-record her first six releases to gain ownership of the material following a huge dispute with her first label, Big Machine Label Group, which sold her recordings to Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings. Swift has been vocal about her displeasure.
"Fearless (Taylor's Version) contains 26 songs including six unreleased songs that Swift wrote during the same time period. "I've decided to add songs from the vault which are songs almost made the original 'Fearless' album," Swift said in the 78-second video broadcast on Good Morning America, "but I've now gone back and recorded those so that everything will be able to songs that made the album, but also songs that almost made it."
"Fearless" was Swift's second studio album and came out on Nov. 11, 2008. Swift penned eight of the original songs on the album. Singles included "Love Story," "You Belong with Me," "White Horse," "Fifteen" and the title track. Nathan Chapman produced the original disc along with Swift.
Following a posting on social media where some letters were capitalized, the rumor was that the album would be out April 9.
Swift disclosed the news via a video message on Good Morning America. She said, "I've now gone back and recorded those so that everyone will be able to hear not only the songs that made the album but the songs that almost made it. The full picture."
Swift posted a missive on social media about the process, saying, "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. I hope you'll like this first outing as much as I liked traveling back in time to recreate it."
"fearless was an album full of magic and curiosity, the bliss and devastation of youth. It was the diary of the adventures and explorations of a teenage girl who was learning tiny lessons with every new crack in the facade of the fairytale ending she'd been shown in the movies."
"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."
Swift she wrote the six previously unreleased songs between the ages of 16 and 18. "these were the ones it killed me to leave behind," she posted.