Taylor Swift Announces Remake Of ‘Fearless,’ Due In AprilFebruary 12, 2021
Taylor Swift has kept famously busy in pandemic times: On the heels of 2019’s Lover and a 2020 Netflix documentary, she’s released two albums in the past seven months alone, all while fighting a public battle for control of her past recordings. Now, she’s got another announcement: She’s releasing a rerecorded and expanded version of her 2008 album Fearless in April, titled Fearless (Taylor’s Version). At midnight Friday, she’ll drop its first single, “Love Story (Taylor’s Version).” It’s one of 26 songs slated for the Fearless remake, which will include re-recordings of not only the original album, but also Fearless‘ many outtakes and bonus tracks. Six have never been released in any form. In a Twitter post Thursday morning, Swift provided some context for the new recordings.
“I’ve spoken a lot about why I’m remaking my first six albums,” she wrote, “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. For example, only I know which songs I wrote that almost made the Fearless album. Songs I absolutely adored, but were held back for different reasons (don’t want too many breakup songs, don’t want too many down tempo songs, can’t fit that many songs on a physical CD).”