Taylor Swift Announces 1989 (Taylor's Version) Release
Singer Taylor Swift revealed on Wednesday, during a performance of her Eras tour in Los Angeles, that she will be re-releasing her 2014 album "1989" in October. This will be the fourth album that she has re-released as part of her ongoing efforts to regain ownership of her music. The move comes after her albums were originally obtained and sold by mogul Scooter Braun, causing controversy.
Originally released in 2014, "1989" is the album that Swift credits with transforming her life in numerous ways. She expresses her enthusiasm in revealing her newest "Version" of the album, which brings her a great deal of excitement.
For fans of Taylor Swift, there's an extra reason to be excited about tuning in. Swift mentions that this re-recorded version holds a special place for her, stating it's her "most FAVORITE re-record" because of the incredible quality of the "5 From The Vault" tracks. She expresses amazement that these tracks were once overlooked but assures fans that they won't remain unnoticed for much longer.
You can already pre-order the upcoming LP from Taylor Swift's official website. It comes in four special deluxe CD editions: "Crystal Skies Blue," "Rose Garden Pink," "Aquamarine Green," and "Sunrise Boulevard Yellow." Additionally, the album will be available in a "Crystal Skies Blue" vinyl version and cassette format.
"1989 (Taylor's Version)" will mark Swift's fourth re-recorded album since she unveiled her re-recording project in 2019. Her three previous releases have all achieved No. 1 status on the Billboard 200 chart: "Fearless (Taylor's Version)" spent two weeks at No. 1 in 2021, "Red (Taylor's Version)" held the top spot for one week in 2021, and "Speak Now (Taylor's Version)" secured two weeks at No. 1 in 2023. Furthermore, all three of these albums have also topped the Official U.K. Albums Chart.
Across these three "Version" albums, Swift has included a total of 21 "From The Vault" songs. These tracks have achieved considerable success, with multiple top 10 hits on the Hot 100 chart and gaining popularity on pop radio. Notably, the 10-minute version of "All Too Well" even reached No. 1.
The initial release of "1989" held an impressive record, staying at the No. 1 position on the overall Billboard 200 chart for a remarkable 11 weeks.
"1989" was a natural choice for the fourth "Version," considering Swift had already unveiled a few tracks from it. This included "Wildest Dreams (Taylor's Version)," which gained popularity on TikTok in November 2021, and "This Love (Taylor's Version)," featured in the trailer for the Amazon Prime series "The Summer I Turned Pretty."
Swift continues to effortlessly set and break records. In the current year, she achieved her 12th No. 1 album in the U.S. with "Speak Now (Taylor's Version)," surpassing Barbra Streisand for the most No. 1 albums by a woman. Additionally, she became the first living artist in nearly 60 years to have four albums concurrently in the top 10 and managed to secure 11 albums on the entire 200-position chart for the first time.
The announcement of "1989 (Taylor's Version)" came early on Thursday ET, which happened to coincide with the conclusion of Swift's performance at Los Angeles' SoFi Stadium. She had a six-night run at the venue, marking the end of the initial U.S. leg of The Eras Tour.
Starting from August 24th, Swift will be taking her tour worldwide, with a series of performances in Latin America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. She will then return to the United States in 2024 for a second round of shows across North America.