On Wednesday night, CBS News released a snippet of their interview with Taylor Swift.
In the interview, Swift alluded to the possibility of re-recording her old music, which is now owned by dominating-industry manager, Scooter Braun. The next morning, the singer sat down with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts. Discussing her upcoming album, Lover, Swift exclaimed, "It's the first one that I will own!"
When Roberts pivoted to the subject of the singer's music catalogue, Swift disclosed that the rumors of re-recording were true: "It's something I'm really excited about doing, because my contract says that starting November 2020 (so next year) I can record albums one through five all over again. I'm really excited about it."
In November 2018, Swift announced her departure from long-time label, Big Machine Label Group, to join Republic Records and Universal Music Group. Then, in July 2019, news broke that Scooter Braun acquired Taylor Swift's masters, meaning he now owns all her old recordings. Typically, music labels own the master recordings of their signed artists, but now Scooter Braun has the right to make, sell, or distribute copies of Swift's music—and keep the profits for himself.
Swift's plans to re-record her music demonstrate her endless dedication and advocacy for artists' rights, such as being fairly compensated in the new streaming economy and to own their masters. For those who have been wishing Taylor would go back to country music, well, now she will, but to make an important statement. The music she wrote on her bedroom floor, "playing in bars, then clubs, then arenas, then stadiums" will finally belong to her, and those songs will be recorded by the grown version of herself she always hoped to become: A music superstar.