Taylor Swift to rerecord early albums


By Randy Lewis - Los Angeles Times



Taylor Swift kicks a beach ball during a performance at Wango Tango 2019 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. on June 1, 2019. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Taylor Swift kicks a beach ball during a performance at Wango Tango 2019 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. on June 1, 2019. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS)


Taylor Swifties: Prepare for new takes on old songs.

The 29-year-old singer-songwriter told “CBS Sunday Morning” reporter Tracy Smith that she’ll rerecord her catalog in the wake of Big Machine Label Group chief Scott Borchetta’s recent sale of the company — and with it all of Swift’s first six albums — to talent manager Scooter Braun.

“That’s a plan?” Smith asks Swift during the interview slated to air Sunday.

“Yeah, absolutely,” said Swift, whose new album, “Lover,” is out Friday.

No details were offered on whether that constitutes some, most or all of the six studio albums and nearly four dozen singles — 19 of which have reached the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart — she has put out since her 2006 debut album, “Taylor Swift,” was released when she was just 16.

Swift publicized her displeasure over Braun’s $300 million purchase of Big Machine when the news surfaced in June, stating that Braun’s control over her recordings constituted “my worst nightmare” because of Braun’s role in the long-running dust-up between Swift and rapper Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian.

“Essentially,” she posted on Tumblr at the time, “my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it.”

Singer Kelly Clarkson quickly went on Twitter urging Swift to record new versions that would give fans an alternative to those now controlled by Braun.

By rerecording those older songs and releasing them anew, Swift — and presumably her current label, Republic Records — would receive the proceeds from physical and digital sales and streaming revenues, including songwriting royalties.

Revenue generated by the original versions will go to Big Machine.

Swift confirmed her plans on”Good Morning America.”

“My contract says that starting November 2020 _ so, next year _ I can record albums 1 through 5 all over again. I’m very excited about it because I think that artists deserve to own their work. I’m very passionate about that.”

It’s a strategy other artists have turned to over the decades. During an extended contract dispute with Warner Bros. Records, Prince threatened to rerecord his entire catalog but never followed through, releasing only an updated version of his hit single “1999.”

Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis are among many ’50s recording artists who rerecorded their best-known works with new labels because of contract disputes with the labels for whom they created the originals.

In a Tumblr post last month, Swift wrote, “Hopefully, young artists or kids with musical dreams will read this and learn about how to better protect themselves in a negotiation. You deserve to own the art you make.”

Taylor Swift kicks a beach ball during a performance at Wango Tango 2019 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. on June 1, 2019. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/web1_taylor.jpgTaylor Swift kicks a beach ball during a performance at Wango Tango 2019 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. on June 1, 2019. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

By Randy Lewis

Los Angeles Times

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