Love is in the air for Swifties! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Taylor Swift has released the re-recording of her hit track ‘Love Story’ — now called ‘Love Story (Taylor’s Version)’. Back in December, Swift gave a sneak peek at the new rendition of the song when she teamed up with Ryan Reynold for a hilarious Match.com ad.
Listen to Taylor Swift’s re-recording of ‘Love Story’ here
While announcing the release of the track, Swift also shared the news that her album Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is completed with 26 tracks — including six never before released songs. She also shed some light on why she’s remaking her albums, “I’ve spoken a lot about why I’m remaking my first six albums, but the way I’ve chosen to do this will hopefully help illuminate where I’m coming from. Artists should own their own work for so many reasons, but the most screamingly obvious one is that the artist is the only one who really knows that body of work.”
And if you were really paying attention to that Instagram post, you would’ve noticed that Swift cryptically snuck in the release date of the album throughout the note to fans. If you didn’t happen to catch it, it’s Apr. 9.
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In case you’re not up-to-speed on why she’s re-recording her songs, Swift’s former record label, Big Machine, was acquired in 2019 by Ithaca Holdings LLC. Ithaca is owned by Scooter Braun, who Swift is known to have “bad blood” with. Braun then went ahead and sold Swift’s masters, which means she does not own the rights to her entire catalogue that she penned and recorded while signed to Big Machine. So, this move to remake all six of her past hit albums is essentially a big f*** you to Braun and his company.
The re-release of ‘Love Story’ signals a new era of Swift as she moves on from her past and can finally take control of her work. Fans even have theories about the cover art for the re-recorded hit track. And, they may be onto something…
In the original music video, Swift played the role of Juliet, the damsel in distress, who needed her knight in shining armour (aka Romeo) to save her. What fans have pointed out is that the top she is wearing in the new cover art, is the same shirt that Romeo was wearing in the music video.
What could that mean? Well, fans think Swift is giving the message that she doesn’t need to be saved by a “knight in shining armour” and that she’s taking destiny into her own hands — starting with these re-recorded albums.
Whether you love her, or love to hate her, there are no teardrops on her guitar. Swift is going to keep remaking these albums and it’s “better than revenge”.