Taylor Swift’s Fearless Victory Over Scooter Braun

celebrity releases first of re-recorded albums series

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Isaac Hudson, Staff Writer

We’ve all heard of Taylor Swift. The 11-time Grammy Award winner is one of the most popular artists in the world right now, especially now that she has released the re-recorded version of her second album “Fearless.”

In 2019, Swift announced that she would be starting the process of re-recording her first six albums. This decision was prompted by Swift’s former music manager Scooter Braun’s acquisition of the rights to her music from Big Machine Label Group in mid-2019. Braun sold all of her song masters from her first six albums to Shamrock Holdings in October 2020 for a little over $300 million. 

Swift has since called the deal her “worst-case scenario” and has claimed that she has endured constant bullying from Braun “for years,” describing him as manipulative. Swift said in a post on her official Tumblr account that Braun had “stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy.”

Swift also claimed that for a long time she had “asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work” and she was never given the ability to do so. In order to own her work and be able to make any kind of profit from it, she decided to re-record her first six albums. This will allow her to have full control over her music, unlike in her contract with Big Machine.

Because of Braun’s sale of Swift’s music, videos, and album arts, he will continue to profit from her work that was produced with Big Machine label group. 

“Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it,” Swift said. 

By starting this process of re-recording her old work, Swift will make the original versions irrelevant and undesirable compared to the new recordings. She will be able to reclaim the musical legacy that was taken from her due to the sale of her music.

So, Swift is kicking off the series of “Taylor’s Version” albums with April 9’s “Fearless (Taylor’s Version).” It has received critical acclaim and overall better reviews than the original version, including reaching number one on the Apple Music charts. The 26-song album features guest performances from artists Keith Urban, Maren Morris, and Colbie Calliat. The album is available on all music streaming platforms.