If you listen carefully, you’ll notice that there’s an extra note of banjo playing in the background of the chorus of the new recorded Come In With The Rain that was absent in the 2008 version of the Fearless album. With this, Taylor Swift broke records as being the only female country singer to have recorded three albums within a year. She also broke the 54-year chart record of The Beatles within just weeks of the album’s release.
Titled Fearless (Taylor’s Version), the album has some bonus tracks that the Grammy award-winner had kept hidden from her fans for so many years and named them to be From the Vault. The tracks written by the multi-talented singer between the ages of 13-19, Taylor has certainly taken her fans down the memory lane of first heartbreaks, teenage expectations, and the childish innocence of making memories.
However, overall, Taylor hasn’t really made many changes to the re-recorded album except the maturity in her voice, the rawness of the tones, and adding an invisible but accented layer of banjo to songs like Love Story. But why has Taylor decided to record all her albums from 2006 to 2017 – this includes her EP, Fearless, Speak Now, Red, 1989, and Reputation? Of these Fearless has been re-recorded.
Over the years, her fans have proven to be beyond loyal to the singer and undeniably support her march for a protest that is never about violence but music. Even though the singer has faced bullying in the industry and cold wars with fellow singers like Katy Perry, she has always replied back with her musical storytelling.
So why is Taylor re-recording her masters? Well, in 2019 the singer announced on Instagram that she will be re-recording her masters after her fallout with Scooter Braun made front-page news in the US. It so happened that Big Machine Records, a record label that the Nashville singer had signed to in 2005, was sold to private-equity group Ithaca Holdings, which is an entity owned by music manager Scooter Braun. Taylor’s masters were still owned by Big Machine and this meant that now all her albums till 2017 were owned by Scooter Braun.
In her old contract with Big Machine, Taylor did not have full ownership of her songs but would only get a certain amount of royalty. After her deal was up, she signed with Universal’s Republic Records. In her new contract, she made sure that she received full ownership of her songs.
But in 2019, Scooter Braun sold her masters to another company, Shamrock Holdings, for a reported $300 million. Taylor opened up about the same on social media revealing how the powerhouse manager had bullied her. She had then decided to do on the unexpected. Something that no singer has done before. Taylor decided to re-record her masters so that whenever her version of the song is played, Taylor will receive the profits.
However, sadly, her old albums are still owned by Shamrock Holdings, which will reap profits if streamed online. Thanks to Taylor’s fans, her re-recorded Fearless album is nothing but a blessing in disguise and an inspiration for young artists to have complete ownership of their creativity.
Maren Moris, Colbie Caillat, and Keith Urban were kind enough to lend their voices to Fearless (Taylor’s Version) again and fans love it. And why wouldn’t the album break records? For years, Swifties have been faithful in keeping her music alive and strong. She won the Artiste of the Decade at the 2019 American Music Awards and three Grammy Awards for Album of the Year.
It seems that with each new album, Taylor’s momentum to gain trust and even her fan’s support will increase. The re-recorded songs will build curiosity, engaging a larger crowd beside her global audience, and will be seen as masterpieces of her deeply personal accounts of her life.