The Impact of Red (Taylor’s Version)

Roza Spartalyan, reporter

The same album but 9 years later?

Taylor Swift is an American singer-songwriter known for her albums featuring a variety of music genres. However, her most notable talent is her way of storytelling through her lyrics.

Swift started her music career when she signed with Big Machine Records in 2005.

The record label has a policy in which they own all original recordings of songs their signed artists produce. When Swift switched to Universal Republic Records in 2018, her music was still owned by Big Machine Records, which she was okay with, until that label sold her music to Ithaca Holdings for $399 million.

The company’s owner Scooter Braun now holds ownership of all Swift’s music and every time her songs are streamed, he earns the royalties. Swift revealed she is a firm believer that artists should own their work and that it was unacceptable for Braun to get paid for her work. This led her to the decision to re-record her previous albums so her music can be under her ownership.

Red (Taylor’s Version) is the second album to be re-recorded, following Fearless (Taylor’s Version) which was released in April of 2021. Red (Taylor’s Version) was released November 12th of 2021 and had fans jumping for joy.

The songs on the album have a loaded history that many fans are well versed in. Swift wrote the album after her breakup with actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who many songs on the album are allegedly about.

The song that caused the most excitement for fans was All Too Well (10 minute version) (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault).

“All Too Well was my favorite song from the original album and I was so excited for the extended version,” said Senior Marianna Balian.

The song is allegedly about Swift and Gyllenhaal’s relationship, which held great meaning for fans who related to the lyrics.

Swift and Gyllenhaal had a controversial relationship, with him being 32 and her being 19 when they began dated. The idea of the song being about the relationship coupled with the lyrics impacted fans who had found themselves in a similar position.

The album brings a new idea for the music industry.

“I’ve always wondered how many ideas or songs my favorite artists discard so I might get to see some now,” mentioned Freshman Nelly Spartalyan.

Red (Taylor’s Version) impacts the music industry by telling artists to stand up for themselves and their music. Taylor Swift already has a large fanbase and impact on the music industry and with the re-recording of her albums, she’s taking over the world.

Freshman Nelly Spartalyan pulling up Red (Taylor’s Version) on Spotify for a quick listen.

Photo Credit: Roza Spartalyan

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