Taylor Swift stopped by Good Morning America this morning in front of a massive audience of fans in Central Park to celebrate the arrival of her seventh studio album, Lover, which will be released worldwide on Aug. 23. But in addition to talking about her new music, Taylor also addressed all of her old songs, which are currently owned by Scooter Braun.
The singer sat down with journalist Robin Roberts and discussed re-recording her previous body of work from Taylor’s old label Big Machine Records. “One thing about this album that’s really special to me is that it’s the first one that I will own of my work,” Taylor said, garnering a thunderous applause from the audience. “Which is a concept that they’re very supportive of,” she playfully replied to the loud cheers.
Robin then asked if it was true that Taylor is re-recording her music and would thus own all of the new versions, after news broke on Aug. 21 that she would be doing so. “Yeah, that’s true and it’s something that I’m very excited about doing because my contract says that starting November 2020, so next year I can record albums one through five all over again, so I’m very excited about it.”
Taylor re-recording her first five albums — or even a “Best Of” album with her top hits — would basically take back the value from Scooter’s purchase of her masters. “I think that artists deserve to own their work. I just feel very passionately about that,” Taylor continued. “It’s next year. It’s right around the corner, I’m gonna be busy. I’m really excited.”
After it became public knowledge in June that Scooter had acquired Big Machine Records, Taylor responded through a vulnerable Tumblr post revealing her feelings about the situation.
“Thankfully, I am now signed to a label that believes I should own anything I create,” she said in her post. “Thankfully, I left my past in Scott’s hands and not my future. And 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.”
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