I’ve been a Swiftie since I was 14. I will never forget hearing Teardrops on my Guitar for the first time and realising that this woman was probably going to change my life. I had Love Story as my Bebo video in 2009 and I genuinely don’t think there’s been a day that I’ve not listened to at least one Taylor song, whether that was on my Mp3, iPod Shuffle or Spotify. Taylor Swift’s ability to write songs and create music that is reflective of all of life’s highs and lows, whilst making her feel like she’s singing directly to you, is mesmerising. Everything about her I love and I just don’t understand how anyone can not like her or at least admit she is one of the world’s greatest songwriters.
When I found out about the situation she was having with Scooter Braun I was gutted. Up until then I’d thought Scooter was a great guy and manager to some of my favourite pop artists: Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato. But, in June 2019, when Braun took over control of Big Machine Records (Swift’s record company until 2019), he also acquired the masters of Swift’s first 6 studio albums. This meant that he now owned the rights to every song featured on Taylor Swift (2006), Fearless (2008), Speak Now (2010), Red (2012), 1989 (2014), and Reputation (2017). According to Taylor, she had wanted to buy her masters for years but was refused unless she signed a new contract which she didn’t want to do. Instead of allowing Taylor to buy back her songs, Scooter sold the masters and stopped her from performing any of these songs in future or using them commercially. Essentially, she lost the rights to six album’s and a decade’s worth of work!
Devastating right? No doubt, a lot of other artists would’ve been finished by this, but in true Taylor Swift fashion, our girl had the perfect plan to reclaim her voice. In August 2019 she announced that in order to get back the rights, she would re-record and re-release all 6 albums! The first album she re-recorded in its entirety is Fearless (Taylor’s Version) which features classics such as Love Story, You Belong With Me and Fifteen. The new album was released on 9th April and has already shot to #1 across the globe as the world embraces this collective sense of nostalgia. Alongside the newly recorded album, Taylor also treated us to 6 previously unreleased records from the vault, songs that Swifties have been waiting for years to hear!
Over the years, Taylor has been subject to an unnecessary amount of abuse and hate from fellow musicians, the media and people who just hate her (jealously is never a good look, kids). Public enemy no.1 is obviously Kanye West who has made it his mission to humiliate and sabotage Taylor whenever the chance has arisen. From rudely interrupting her 2009 VMA’s speech (for which Obama called him a ‘jackass’) to referencing Taylor with the line “I made that bitch famous” in his 2016 song Famous. On top of that, the media have continually pitted Swift against other women to create real-life Bad Blood drama as clickbait. Journalists dragged her for years, attacking her for literally anything and everything: her dating history, her weight, her ‘fakeness’, her generosity, her fashion sense, her song lyrics, her politics, her ‘reputation’.
Despite all of this, Taylor has always come back fighting. Both Haunted and This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things are reportedly responses to the actions of West & Kim Kardashian, whilst the Reputation album served as a metaphorical middle finger to the media and celebrities who have tried to ruin her. Then, on the 24th July 2020, after a period of radio silence, she surprised the world with her lockdown album Folklore, which not only won ‘Album of the Year’ at the 2021 Grammy Awards but may just be her best album to date. The fact that Taylor Swift never backs down, continues to use her voice to challenge wrongs & stand up for herself whilst creating such stunning work, is truly admirable. Re-recording all of her albums is no mean feat but it’s exactly what we expected from our Queen. Not only is she taking back control, but she’s sounding better than ever whilst doing so!
Forever and always a Swiftie xo