Taylor Swift Plans to 'Shake It Off', Re-Record Early Albums Amid Rights Battle

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August 22, 2019

Scooter Braun, look what you made her do!

Singer Taylor Swift is planning to re-record her existing catalog after her arch enemy bought her old record label, Big Machine Records ー along with her master recordings ー back in June.

Swift confirmed on Good Morning America Thursday that in November 2020 she can begin recording albums one through five.

Her plan is an effort to regain artistic and financial control of the music she made, but, like all things, it may not be that simple.

"Traditionally, there's a couple of clauses in an artist's contract that make it difficult for them to just go out and re-record new versions of their material," Constance Grady, staff writer at Vox, told Cheddar Thursday. Grady pointed out that there is a time frame in which artists can re-record music and, even then, may not be able to record an exact duplicate of the original song. If that's the case, it means Swift will have to make changes to her new recordings.

"It'll definitely be interesting to see if she is able to recapture that magic that she had in the first place," Grady said.

When it comes to accessing her music, fans will likely be able to get both her old and new recorded songs on music platforms.

"However, it is possible because Taylor has so much clout that she'll be able to convince streaming services to carry just her new versions," Grady said.

Back in 2014, Swift released '1989,' but prevented it from appearing on Spotify. The singer told Yahoo Entertainment that she was not willing to contribute her work to what she said felt like an experiment.

Over the years, though, Swift has come to embrace the streaming world and the ability to give fans more access to her music.

News of the new recordings comes just as her highly-anticipated seventh album "Lover" gets ready to drop on Friday. Grady said her die-hard fans are "excited to see her being happy and writing about love songs and getting really vulnerable in her music in the way that she can do so well."