The singer took to the social media platform to announce the vinyl release date for Red (Taylor's Version)
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Fans of global superstar Taylor Swift rejoiced overnight, as the GRAMMY Award winner officially joined TikTok.
Lip-syncing along to UK rapper Dave's Screwface Capital, most notably the lyric "My outstanding payments swift like Taylor", Swift cycles through a variety of looks from her last three records on her first post, before arriving at the aesthetic of 2012's Red, upon which she announced a four-disc vinyl edition of Red (Taylor's Version), due out November 19. The forthcoming re-recorded album is set to feature an additional nine unreleased tracks, including the infamous 10 minute version of All Too Well, Babe and Better Man.
Speaking of the impending release, the singer shared to her social platforms: “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.“
Earlier this year, Swift released her first re-recorded album, Fearless (Taylor’s Version). The new recordings remain faithful to the original production, with slight vocal and lyrical variations throughout the collection of songs. The musician enlisted her original band members on the recordings, whilst also bringing on more recent collaborators Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner and Christopher Rowe on production duties, alongside Swift. Colbie Caillat returned for their collaboration, Breathe, with Swift enlisting Country superstar Keith Urban and Maren Morris on two previously unreleased songs.
In 2019, after the private sale of the masters of her first six studio albums, Swift announced she planned to re-record the albums in an attempt to devalue the original masters. Having not been offered the chance to purchase the masters herself, Swift’s former label sold their catalogue to Scooter Braun, in a move that Swift stated “Stripped me of my life’s work”. As of November last year, Swift has been able to begin re-recording her first five albums.
Red (Taylor’s Version) is out November 19.