Taylor Swift Releases New Version of Iconic Red, Decimates Spotify Before Album is Even Available

Taylor Swift Releases New Version of Iconic Red, Decimates Spotify Before Album is Even Available

The smiling overlord has overlapped the cultural discourse with appearances on all three NBC late night programs and ten minute version of “All Too Well.”
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Taylor Swift rode into Friday morning in a 1932 Chevy Cabriolet against a seasonal backdrop, checking her beret.

The Pitchfork re-appraised, now iconic, pop crossover Red, re-recorded (lightly refurbished) and packaged as Red (Taylor’s Version) is out now to rapturous fanfare.

A breakup classic immortalized by two generations, since its 2012 release the album has become storied for its celebrity context, U2-scale sonics meets unpretentious FM radio pop, and Swift’s songwriting which modernized one-dimensional SUV - USA – Country Strong formats.

Yesterday in the midnight leadup to the record’s hotly awaited release, she was the most streamed artist of the day on Spotify with 35.8 million streams. For context this nearly doubles Doja Cat’s 18.2 million who has since had a chokehold on the charts along with CLB.

The album’s creation was instilled as a countermeasure against Scooter Braun who purchased Swift’s then-independent record label, the Nashville powerhouse Big Machine for $300 million, receiving the masters for Swift’s first six powerhouses as part of the deal. Big Machine has released new pressings of Red for international distribution as late as 2020.

Swift had been attempting to acquire her masters for years but was offered less than favourable contracts and could not reach a deal. The re-recording and re-release of her old masters are part of a process in regaining complete ownership of her back catalogue.

The songs have been lightly refurbished, indistinguishable from the original record to the casual fan.

Swift revealed on Jimmy Fallon last night that the album unites the album’s original band, a whopping 50 personnel credits to perform the record’s string arrangements.

The album’s 16 songs, spanning four records for vinyl versions are combined with a second disc labelled From the Vault, a collection of bonus songs, charity singles, splashy duets, and music eventually given to other artists, all of which were intended for the original version of Red according to Swift.

Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody ought to bake Swift some cookies for pulling him back to help deliver over the top “The Last Time” on album’s original sixteen.

“I Bet You Think About Me” brings new country legend Chris Stapleton while “Nothing New” a new lo-fi duet with Phoebe Bridgers apparently had the indie folk sensation in tears.

Most notably From the Vault lies a much-requested ten-minute version of catharsis anthem “All Too Well” which closes the record’s eighth and final side. Jack Antonoff, the producer behind everything from Melodrama to Masseducation, called working on the song “an honour of a lifetime.”

The press circuit for Red (Taylor’s Version) has been typically eventful and will see Swift make appearances on all three NBC late night programs, though the cycle perhaps a little disappointingly, is built off of long-existing material from an artist at the peak of her songwriting powers.

Swift comfortably graced the couches of Fallon and Meyers last night and is booked for a Jonathan Majors-hosted SNL this weekend, her fifth appearance as musical guest.

Swift has a short film due out today called All Too Well, starring Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink, stars of Teen Wolf and Stranger Things respectively.

Today in partnership with Starbucks and to coincide with Red Cup Holiday Season, locations will be celebrating the album’s release by featuring lattes ordered to her specifications, while her music will be played in stores.

Listen to all 30 songs on Red (Taylor’s Version) today.

Tracklist:

State Of Grace  

Red   

Treacherous  

I Knew You Were Trouble.       

All Too Well

22

I Almost Do

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

Stay Stay Stay

The Last Time

Holy Ground 

Sad Beautiful Tragic    

The Lucky One

Everything Has Changed          

Starlight          

Begin Again

The Moment I Knew

Come Back...Be Here

Girl At Home

State Of Grace

Ronan

Better Man

Nothing New (Ft. Phoebe Bridgers)

Babe

Message in a Bottle

I Bet You Think About Me (Ft. Chris Stapleton)

Forever Winter

Run (Ft. Ed Sheeran)

The Very First Night

All Too Well (10 Minute Version)

A Message From Taylor [Apple Music bonus track]


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Taylor Swift rode into Friday morning in a 1932 Chevy Cabriolet against a seasonal backdrop, checking her beret.

The Pitchfork re-appraised, now iconic, pop crossover Red, re-recorded (lightly refurbished) and packaged as Red (Taylor’s Version) is out now to rapturous fanfare.

A breakup classic immortalized by two generations, since its 2012 release the album has become storied for its celebrity context, U2-scale sonics meets unpretentious FM radio pop, and Swift’s songwriting which modernized one-dimensional SUV - USA – Country Strong formats.

Yesterday in the midnight leadup to the record’s hotly awaited release, she was the most streamed artist of the day on Spotify with 35.8 million streams. For context this nearly doubles Doja Cat’s 18.2 million who has since had a chokehold on the charts along with CLB.

The album’s creation was instilled as a countermeasure against Scooter Braun who purchased Swift’s then-independent record label, the Nashville powerhouse Big Machine for $300 million, receiving the masters for Swift’s first six powerhouses as part of the deal. Big Machine has released new pressings of Red for international distribution as late as 2020.

Swift had been attempting to acquire her masters for years but was offered less than favourable contracts and could not reach a deal. The re-recording and re-release of her old masters are part of a process in regaining complete ownership of her back catalogue.

The songs have been lightly refurbished, indistinguishable from the original record to the casual fan.

Swift revealed on Jimmy Fallon last night that the album unites the album’s original band, a whopping 50 personnel credits to perform the record’s string arrangements.

The album’s 16 songs, spanning four records for vinyl versions are combined with a second disc labelled From the Vault, a collection of bonus songs, charity singles, splashy duets, and music eventually given to other artists, all of which were intended for the original version of Red according to Swift.

Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody ought to bake Swift some cookies for pulling him back to help deliver over the top “The Last Time” on album’s original sixteen.

“I Bet You Think About Me” brings new country legend Chris Stapleton while “Nothing New” a new lo-fi duet with Phoebe Bridgers apparently had the indie folk sensation in tears.

Most notably From the Vault lies a much-requested ten-minute version of catharsis anthem “All Too Well” which closes the record’s eighth and final side. Jack Antonoff, the producer behind everything from Melodrama to Masseducation, called working on the song “an honour of a lifetime.”

The press circuit for Red (Taylor’s Version) has been typically eventful and will see Swift make appearances on all three NBC late night programs, though the cycle perhaps a little disappointingly, is built off of long-existing material from an artist at the peak of her songwriting powers.

Swift comfortably graced the couches of Fallon and Meyers last night and is booked for a Jonathan Majors-hosted SNL this weekend, her fifth appearance as musical guest.

Swift has a short film due out today called All Too Well, starring Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink, stars of Teen Wolf and Stranger Things respectively.

Today in partnership with Starbucks and to coincide with Red Cup Holiday Season, locations will be celebrating the album’s release by featuring lattes ordered to her specifications, while her music will be played in stores.

Listen to all 30 songs on Red (Taylor’s Version) today.

Tracklist:

State Of Grace  

Red   

Treacherous  

I Knew You Were Trouble.       

All Too Well

22

I Almost Do

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

Stay Stay Stay

The Last Time

Holy Ground 

Sad Beautiful Tragic    

The Lucky One

Everything Has Changed          

Starlight          

Begin Again

The Moment I Knew

Come Back...Be Here

Girl At Home

State Of Grace

Ronan

Better Man

Nothing New (Ft. Phoebe Bridgers)

Babe

Message in a Bottle

I Bet You Think About Me (Ft. Chris Stapleton)

Forever Winter

Run (Ft. Ed Sheeran)

The Very First Night

All Too Well (10 Minute Version)

A Message From Taylor [Apple Music bonus track]


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