Taylor Swift’s re recording of Red


Jana Beamer

Swift toured for the first release of Red in 2013.

As “autumn leaves fall down like pieces into place,” the world awaits new music to scratch that fall itch. Taylor Swift, lovingly known as “the music industry” by her fans, re released her 2012 studio album, Red, on November 12, 2021. Boasting a 30 song tracklist, 9 of which were never before released, and totaling an astounding 2 hours and 11 minutes, Swifties were in for a long night.

Why is Taylor going through the trouble of re releasing her first six albums? According to Time Magazine, Swift signed to Big Machine Records at just 15 years old, under the condition that the label would own her masters. When the contract expired in 2018, she chose to sign with Universal’s Republic Records, where she made sure she would own her own work. Big Machine then sold her masters to Scooter Braun, a music manager who Swift has feuded with in the past. Because Taylor wrote her own songs, she still owns the lyrics and the melody, just not the original recording. The expiration allows her to re record her old songs, so she can obtain her own masters.

After the first day of release, Billboard announced that Red (Taylor’s Version) had become the most-streamed album by a female artist, with a whopping 90.8 million streams worldwide, dethroning the last titleholder- herself- when her eighth studio album, folklore, hit 80.6 million streams in the first day.

Swift’s highly anticipated All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version), the original version of her previously released 5 minute All Too Well, debuted at number one on Spotify, both in the United States and globally, a shocking feat not only because of its length but also the fact that it’s the last track on the album. 28 of her thirty songs held the top 29 spots on US Spotify.

Accompanying the release of the album is a short film of All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version), starring Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, directed by Taylor Swift. The story follows the tumultuous relationship between the two characters, speculated to reflect Swift’s old relationship with Jake Gyllenhall due to their similar age differences (Sink being 19, O’Brien being 30, while Swift was 20 and Gyllenhall was 29 during their relationship). Regardless, new theories and analyses of the album and film have made for some entertaining debate online.