Taylor Swift has released her first re-recorded 1989 song. “This Love (Taylor’s Version)” was previewed in the teaser trailer for the new Prime Video series The Summer I Turned Pretty. Hear the full song and see the trailer below.
Back in August 2019, Swift pledged to re-record her first six albums following a deal that left the master rights to her catalog in the hands of Scooter Braun. Braun acquired the recordings from Swift’s former label, Big Machine Label Group. (A little more than a year later, Braun’s Ithaca Holdings LLC sold Swift’s catalog to the private equity firm Shamrock Holdings.) So far, she has released new editions of Fearless and Red. With the re-released RedSwift landed her 10th No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200. Her 10-minute, updated version of “All Too Well” also became the longest song to appear on and top the Hot 100.
Swift’s final LP for Big Machine was Reputationwhich arrived in 2017. Two years later, the singer-songwriter issued her seventh studio album Lover, marking her debut record for her new label home, Republic. Stepping back from the pop gloss of that release, Swift shared a pair of earthier albums in 2020: folklore and evermoreboth of which found Swift collaborating with the National’s Aaron Dessner.
folklorewhich went on to win Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammy Awards, also included contributions from Dessner’s twin brother Bryce (who wrote orchestration for the album), Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, William Bowery, and frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff. evermore brought in a similar cast of artists, with the addition of HAIM and the remaining members of the National. evermore was also nominated for Album of the Year at the 2022 Grammys, but it lost to We Are by Jon Batiste.
Earlier this year, Swift was named the global ambassador for Record Store Day 2022. She also became the subject of a recently-completed culture course at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Later, she joined Ed Sheeran for a new version of “The Joker and the Queen” and previewed a song called “Carolina.”
Later this month, Swift is scheduled to receive a Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, from New York University with the graduating class of 2022. She will also address students and guests at the school’s commencement ceremony on May 18 at Yankee Stadium.