• TAYLOR SWIFT ANNOUNCES THE RE-RECORDING OF HER 2012 ALBUM, “RED.”

    Taylor Swift announced on her socials that she will release the re-recorded version of her fourth studio album, Red (Taylor’s Version) November 19th. The re-recording of the album, which was original released in 2012, will include all 30 songs that were written for Red, including one 10-minute track.

     

     

    “I’ve always said that the world is a different place for the heartbroken. It moves on a different axis, at a different speed. Time skips backwards and forwards fleetingly. The heartbroken might go through thousands of micro-emotions a day trying to figure out how to get through it without picking up the phone to hear that old familiar voice,” Swift wrote in the post’s caption. “In the land of heartbreak, moments of strength, independence, and devil-may-care rebellion are intricately woven together with grief, paralyzing vulnerability and hopelessness. Imagining your future might always take you on a detour back to the past. And this is all to say, that the next album I’ll be releasing is my version of Red.”

    Taylor described how she was heartbroken during the original making of the album, but during the process of writing and recording, she healed from that heartbreak.

    “Musically and lyrically, ‘Red’ resembled a heartbroken person. It was all over the place, a fractured mosaic of feelings that somehow all fit together in the end. Happy, free, confused, lonely, devastated, euphoric, wild, and tortured by memories past,” Swift wrote. “Like trying on pieces of a new life, I went into the studio and experimented with different sounds and collaborators. And I’m not sure if it was pouring my thoughts into this album, hearing thousands of your voices sing the lyrics back to me in passionate solidarity, or if it was simply time, but something was healed along the way.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Alan, Mickey, Vince, Chris, Luke, Jordan, Maddie & Tae, Taylor

    Alan Jackson, Mickey Guyton and Vince Gill will perform during the National Memorial Day Concert airing May 30th on PBS at 8pm ET. The 90-minute special, hosted by actors Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) and Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump, Truman, CSI: NY), will feature all-star performance and tributes from Washington, D.C. and around the nation honoring our American heroes. Others set to perform or appear include Gladys Knight, Sara Bareilles The Four Tops, Army Veteran Colin L. Powell, actors Steve Buscemi, Kathy Baker and Mary McCormack, among others.


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    and Luke Bryan are among the headliners performing at Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The three-weekend event, taking place September 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18, will also include performances by Jordan Davis, Maddie & Tae, Sheryl Crow, Zac Brown Band, Dylan Scott Scotty McCreey, Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen, Jimmie Allen, as well as Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Ludacris, Nelly, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Diplo, and many others.

    Taylor Swift has made history once again. She will receive the Global Icon Award at the 2021 Brit Awards making her the first female recipient of the honor. The Global Icon award is “the highest accolade given and is reserved for truly exceptional artists” and Swift will be the fourth recipient after Elton John (2014), David Bowie (2016) and Robbie Williams (2017). She is being honored for “her immense impact on music across the world and incredible repertoire and achievements to date” and is also up for the International Female Solo Artist Award at the ceremony, which is taking place Tuesday (May 11th).

     

  • TAYLOR SWIFT PREMIERED THE VIDEO FOR “THE BEST DAY (TAYLOR’S VERSION)” WHICH PAYS TRIBUTE TO HER MOM.

    Right before Mother’s Day (May 9th), Taylor Swift has released the video for “The Best Day (Taylor’s Version).” The clip features home videos and personal photos of Taylor and her mother, along with her younger brother and father from when she was just a young baby to her rising success as a global superstar.

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    Taylor originally wrote and recorded the song for her mother and surprised her with it on Christmas.

    “’The Best Day’ is the song I wrote without telling my mom. I wrote it in the summertime, and I recorded it secretly too, and I had this idea that I wanted to play it for her for Christmas,” Taylor said when it was originally released over a decade ago. “And so when I got the track, I synched up all these home videos from when I was a little kid to go along with the song like a music video. And played it for her on Christmas Eve, and she was crying her eyes out.”

    “The Best Day (Taylor’s version)” is from the re-recorded version of her Fearless album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200.

    Audio / Back in 2008, Taylor Swift talked about writing and recording “The Best Day” for her mother, Andrea. In the song, she sings about her childhood, and how her mom and other members of her family served as a refuge for her during tough emotional times.

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    Taylor (The Best Day) OC: …her eyes out. :21
    “The best day is the song I wrote without telling my mom. I wrote it in the summertime, and I recorded it secretly too, and I had this idea that I wanted to play it for her for Christmas. And so when I got the track, I synched up all these home videos from when I was a little kid to go along with the song like a music video. And played it for her on Christmas Eve, and she was crying her eyes out.”

  • TAYLOR SWIFT APPEARS ON THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT.

    Taylor Swift appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to talk about her release of Fearless (Taylor’s Version) on Friday (April 9th). The two got into a discussion about the song “Hey Stephen,” which the television host felt was written about him. Don’t let the “mood board” fool you; Taylor insists the song was NOT about him.

     

     

    There also seemed to be a lot of chatter from fans about “Easter Eggs” embedded within the interview, and speculation has it that maybe her new version of 1989 may be next…or maybe it might be the LP containing “You Need to Calm Down” from Lover?

  • TAYLOR SWIFT REVEALS TRACK LIST FOR FEARLESS (TAYLOR’S VERSION) OUT THIS FRIDAY.

    Taylor Swift sent fans on a huge Easter Egg/Scavenger hunt before unveiling the track list for Fearless (Taylor’s version), which is set for release this Friday (April 9th). “The vault door is about to be unhinged as you’ll think I am after you watch this video,” she tweeted.

     

    Her fans immediately decoded the clues and revealed Keith Urban would also be included on the album. The only song previously released from the re-recordings is “You All Over Me (From The Vault),” featuring Maren Morris on background vocals.

    The global superstar commended her fans on socials and wrote, “Here’s the full track list, my friends. I’m really honored that @keithurban is a part of this project, duetting on That’s When and singing harmonies on We Were Happy. I was his opening act during the Fearless album era and his music has inspired me endlessly. I’m counting down the minutes til we can all jump into this brave world together, filled with equal parts nostalgia and brand newness.”

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    Fearless (Taylor’s Version) will include Fearless‘ original 20 songs (19 tracks from the Platinum edition and “Today Is a Fairytale”), plus six newly recorded songs that she had written around the time of the Fearless sessions.

    Taylor is also currently making her way up the country charts with her single, “no body, no crime” from her recently released album, evermore.

    Audio / Taylor Swift explains why Fearless was the first album she re-recorded.

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    Taylor Swift (explains why Fearless rerecorded first) OC: …time around. :45
    “Deciding on what album to re-record first was pretty easy for me. I always gravitated towards Fearless, because I think that as an album, it was a real coming-of-age and I look back on that album, and it filled me with such pride. It was an album about hope and lessons learned and the effervescence of teenage youth and all that, so what more fun than to go back and explore that? And I think that I tried to keep it as close to the original as possible, and the additional songs that I’ve added are songs that I think add insight into what the album almost was; because every time you make an album, you leave songs off, and I think that it’s really cool that the fans will get to have the full picture this time around.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Taylor, Keith, Vince, Carrie, Darius, Reba, Chris

    Taylor Swift‘s “Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s version)” is featured in the trailer for the new animated film, Spirited Untamed, from Dreamworks.  The song originally appeared on her 1989 album, and this is the first and only place to hear her re-recorded version of the song.

    The film, which features the voices of Jake Gyllenhaal, Julianne Moore, Walton Goggins, Andre Braugher, and Isabela Merced, will hit theaters nationwide on June 4th.

     

    Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban are among the artists featured on a limited-edition LP for the Grand Ole Opry’s Unbroken: Empty Room, Full Circle album. The announcement came on the anniversary of the Opry’s decision to pause in-house audiences in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Available June 4th, 2021, exclusively on Opry.com and at the Opry’s Nashville-based retail outlets,  the LP includes memorable performances recorded live from the Opry stage in front of an empty house. For 29 weeks, Saturday night Opry shows continued uninterrupted despite public health orders that temporarily shuttered many other live productions. These performances were made possible because of the devotion of Grand Ole Opry members, featured performers, Opry staff and local health officials who safely worked together to bring comfort to millions around the world. Brad Paisley, Marty Stuart, Luke Combs and many more.

    Chris Stapleton and his wife, Morgane, join actor-singer Leslie Jordan on his song “Farther Along,” which will be featured on his forthcoming debut album of Southern gospel hymns, Company’s Comin’.  Brothers Osborne’s TJ Osborne, Dolly Parton, Ashley McBryde, Tanya Tucker, Brandi Carlile and more are featured on the album. The Tennessee native, best known for his roles in TV shows such as “Ally McBeal,” “Boston Public,” “Reba,” “Boston Legal,” and “American Horror Story,” has become a social media favorite while in quarantine for his endearing videos, including a regular “Sunday Mornin’ Hymn Singin'” series.

     

  • TAYLOR SWIFT WINS ALBUM OF THE YEAR FOR folklore.

    Taylor Swift won the overall Album of the Year Award during Sunday night’s (March 14th), becoming the first woman to win the award for a third time. Taylor first took home the award for Fearless in 2010 and then again for 1989 in 2015. The only previous artists to win Album of the Year three times are Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.

    Taking to the stage with her co-writers and co-producers, Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner, Taylor thanked her collaborators, her boyfriend singer-songwriter Joe Alwyn, her friends Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds and their three children, who are referenced in the album, adding, “But mostly, we just want to thank the fans. You guys met us in this imaginary world that we created, and we can’t tell you how honored we are forever by this. Thank you so much and thank you to the Recording Academy. We will never forget that you did this for us. Thank you so much.”

     

    Taylor also performed a medley of her songs “cardigan,” “august” and “willow.”

    folklore is the first of two surprise albums Taylor released over the past year during quarantine. Her most recent collection, evermore, includes her latest country single, “no body, no crime.”

  • TAYLOR SWIFT AND MICKEY GUYTON ARE AMONG THE ARTISTS TO PERFORM ON THIS YEAR’S GRAMMY AWARDS.

    The list of performers at this year’s Grammy Awards has been announced. Taylor Swift — who is among this year’s top nominees with six nods including overall Album of the Year for folklore and Song of the Year for “cardigan”  — is set to perform, as is Mickey Guyton who will make her first appearance on the show. Mickey is nominated in Best Country Solo Performance for “Black Like Me.”

    Other performers include Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Post Malone, Brandi Carlile, BTS, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Haim, John Mayer, Megan Thee Stallion and Harry Styles, among others.

    According to Billboard, the telecast will pay tribute to independent venues, which have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Various categories will be presented by club workers from The Troubadour (Los Angeles), The Hotel Café (Los Angeles), The Apollo Theater (New York City) and The Station Inn (Nashville).

    The 63rd annual Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, will broadcast live on Sunday, March 14th beginning at 8pm ET/5pm PT on CBS. The show will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

  • TAYLOR SWIFT’S RE-RECORDED VERSION OF FEARLESS INCLUDES SONGS “FROM THE VAULT.”

    When Taylor Swift recently dropped “Love Story (Taylor’s Version),” she also revealed she has already re-recorded all of the songs from her album, Fearless, plus six additional new songs that have never been released.

    “I’m really excited for people to hear these six additional never-before-heard tracks from my version of Fearless. These are songs that I’m calling ‘From the Vault,’ and I call them that because there are songs that I wrote over the course of my career that were meant for certain albums, but did not end up making the track list for reasons that, to me, don’t really matter now,” says Taylor. “Like, I would make decisions based on like, ‘Oh, there are too many break-up songs on this album. I can’t put this one on too. There are too many slow songs on this album, I can’t put this one on too. And I think curating an album is really important, but at the same time, it’s really fun to now go back and show the fans the full picture of what I had created at that time in my life.”

    The new version of her Fearless album will be available beginning April 9th.

    Her re-recording of “Love Story” topped Billboard’s airplay, sales and streaming-based Hot Country Songs chart (her first to debut at No. 1). Her original version topped the charts November 22nd and 29th, 2008. She joins Dolly Parton as the only other artist whose originals and re-recordings topped the charts. Dolly’s “I Will Always Love You,” first topped the chart in 1974, followed by a new version in 1982.

    “This is my first time having a No. 1 debut on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and I’m so grateful to the fans for making this a possibility,” she tells Billboard. “They’re the ones who emboldened me to reclaim my music and they really showed up this week to see it through. It blows me away that they’ve sent a song to No. 1 that had its first life over a decade ago. I couldn’t be happier that it happened now, and in this way.”

    Taylor is also currently making her way up the country charts with her single, “no body, no crime” from her recently released album, evermore.

    Audio / Taylor Swift explains why Fearless (Taylor's Version) will include six new songs.

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    Taylor Swift (additional tracks on new version of Fearless) OC: …in my life. :43
    “I’m really excited for people to hear these six additional never-before-heard tracks from my version of Fearless. These are songs that I’m calling ‘From the Vault,’ and I call them that because there are songs that I wrote over the course of my career that were meant for certain albums, but did not end up making the track list for reasons that, to me, don’t really matter now. Like, I would make decisions based on like, ‘Oh, there are too many break-up songs on this album. I can’t put this one on too. There are too many slow songs on this album, I can’t put this one on too. And I think curating an album is really important, but at the same time, it’s really fun to now go back and show the fans the full picture of what I had created at that time in my life.”

  • TAYLOR SWIFT RELEASES “LOVE STORY (TAYLOR’S VERSION)” AND REVEALS THE RELEASE DATE OF HER RE-RECORDING OF HER FEARLESS ALBUM.

    As the clock struck midnight, Taylor Swift released the re-recording of “Love Story.” The new version of the song, which was first heard in a commercial for Match.com, leads the re-release of her 2008 album, Fearless, available April 9th (which was teased in an Easter egg in a posted message to fans yesterday).

    She says of “Love Story,” a song she wrote when she was 17, “I think it involved teenage angst. I think I was mad at my parents for not letting me go on a date or something, and it also is a good example of what a hopeless romantic I was and still am. I really loved the story of Romeo and Juliet, except for the ending because that was just like too devastating to process. So, I changed the ending in the song and I’ve just ever since been so honored by the fact that people have celebrated this song so much. I feel really lucky that people responded to it the way that they did and continue to.”

    Taylor was able to merge two of her worlds in re-recording the new track (and album). One fun thing about re-recording ‘Love Story’ is that I really wanted my touring band to get a chance to play on this version, because you know a lot of them have spent years playing this song over and over again. So, it was really important to me to have my band, who I’ve toured with and shared a stage with for so many years playing on the record. But we also have Jonathan Yudkin, the original fiddle player. We’ve got Caitlin Evanson, the original backup vocalist, and I think it’s really, really great that it’s a combination of the originals and people who have been sweating on stages with me for over a decade.”

    The new version of her Fearless album will include six newly recorded tracks that the global superstar had written around the same time she wrote and recorded songs for the 2008 release.

    Taylor is making her way up the country charts with her single, “no body, no crime” from her recently released album, evermore.

    Audio / Taylor Swift talks about her song “Love Story,” which she just re-released as “Love Story (Taylor’s version).”

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    Taylor Swift (story behind release of Love Story) OC: …continue to. :34
    “’Love Story’ is a song that I wrote when I was 17 and I think it involved teenage angst. I think I was mad at my parents for not letting me go on a date or something, and it also is a good example of what a hopeless romantic I was and still am. I really loved the story of Romeo and Juliet, except for the ending because that was just like too devastating to process. So, I changed the ending in the song and I’ve just ever since been so honored by the fact that people have celebrated this song so much. I feel really lucky that people responded to it the way that they did and continue to.”

    Audio / Taylor Swift shares a fun story from the recording of “Love Story (Taylor’s version).”

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    Taylor Swift (Love Story fun fact) OC: …a decade. :34
    “One fun thing about re-recording ‘Love Story’ is that I really wanted my touring band to get a chance to play on this version, because you know a lot of them have spent years playing this song over and over again. So, it was really important to me to have my band, who I’ve toured with and shared a stage with for so many years playing on the record. But we also have Jonathan Yudkin, the original fiddle player. We’ve got Caitlin Evanson, the original backup vocalist, and I think it’s really, really great that it’s a combination of the originals and people who have been sweating on stages with me for over a decade.”

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