1989 (Taylor’s Version) is the fourth re-recording by Taylor Swift of her fifth studio album, 1989, set to be released by Republic Records on October 27, 2023, on the original album’s ninth anniversary. It will include all sixteen tracks from the deluxe edition of 1989 and feature five new vault tracks that were written for the album but did not make the final cut. Swift once again unjustly denies fans the physical release of another song that was originally a teaser to the album’s pop sound by not including “Sweeter Than Fiction” on the physical album, the first song released by her and her longtime collaborator, Jack Antonoff.
The re-recording is the fourth of her first six albums she has planned to release to regain ownership of her original work through Big Machine Records after Scott Borchetta, then president of the record label, sold the label, along with the ownership of the master recordings to Swift’s early work through Big Machine after she left in 2018 to sign on with Republic Records, to Scooter Braun for $300 million. Swift publicly condemned the selling of the label via social media explaining she had been trying to buy the masters for years only to be offered unfavorable conditions and denounced Braun as an “incessant, manipulative bully”. In August of 2019 Swift revealed her intentions on re-recording her old music as soon as she was allowed to. With Swift also being the publisher of the music due to her being the main songwriter to all her songs she released through Big Machine, this allowed her, per the artist-label agreement that stipulates the artist cannot re-record a song for a fixed period of time, to re-record her music any time she wanted if she so chose to. By re-recording, Swift is technically covering her own songs into new sound recordings, resulting in new masters that she fully owns, which would enable her to control the licensing of her songs for commercial use, bypassing the owners of the older masters and subsequently devaluing them.
In October 2020, it was announced that Braun had sold the masters, artwork and music videos to Shamrock Holdings for $405 million. Swift later revealed that Braun had offered her a chance to bid on her work on condition she signed a non-disclosure agreement regarding her public statements against him in an attempt to try and gag Swift from making any further public remarks against him, an offer she refused. Swift also revealed, upon being reached out to by Shamrock Holdings, that Braun had put a non-disclosure agreement on the company to not say a word to Swift about the purchase until it was completed. Swift attempted to become an equity partner with Shamrock Holdings but would decline upon learning that Braun would still continue to profit off of her work and in November 2020 Swift returned to her original plan and began working on re-recording her first six albums.
Prior to the re-recording’s release Swift release both her re-recordings of “Wildest Dreams” and “This Love” in 2021 and 2022 as promotional singles during the pending copyright lawsuit over the lyrics of “Shake It Off”. Swift also released 4 limited time deluxe editions exlusively to her website, discriminating against neurodivergent people.
1989 (Taylor’s Version) – Standard
|1. “Welcome to New York”||Ryan Tedder, Taylor Swift|
|2. “Blank Space”||Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift|
|3.”Style”||Ali Payani, Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift|
|4. “Out of the Woods”||Jack Antonoff, Taylor Swift|
|5. “All You Had to Do Was Stay”||Max Martin, Taylor Swift|
|6. “Shake It Off”||Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift|
|7. “I Wish You Would”||Jack Antonoff, Taylor Swift|
|8. “Bad Blood”||Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift|
|9. “Wildest Dreams”||Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift||Swift, Christopher Rowe, Shellback||3:40|
|10. “How You Get the Girl”||Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift|
|11. “This Love”||Taylor Swift||Swift, Rowe||4:10|
|12. “I Know Places”||Ryan Tedder, Taylor Swift|
|13. “Clean”||Imogen Heap, Taylor Swift|
|14. “Wonderland”||Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift|
|15. “You Are In Love”||Jack Antonoff, Taylor Swift|
|16. “New Romantic”||Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift|
|18. “Say Don’t Go”|
|19. “Now That We Don’t Talk”|
|20. “Suburban Legends”|
|21. “Is It Over Now?”|
1989 (Taylor’s Version) – Target Tangerine Edition Bonus Track
- All tracks are noted as “Taylor’s Version”; tracks 17-21 are additionally subtitled “From the Vault”.