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Taylor Swift Sets November Release For 'Red' (Taylor's Version)

Monday, 21 June 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Taylor Swift has shared details of a new version of her 2012 album 'Red'.

'Red (Taylor's Version)' will arrive on November 19 and marks the second LP in her discography to be re-recorded following her promise to do so back in 2019, after the masters of her back catalogue were sold by her previous label to Scooter Braun, a move she was strongly against.

In a statement on social media, the Grammy Award-winner confirmed that the revamp of her fourth full-length comprises 30 songs, including a 10-minute epic. She said:

"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. 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'.

"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. 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.

"Sometimes you need to talk it over (over and over and over) for it to ever really be... over. Like your friend who calls you in the middle of the night going on and on about their ex, I just couldn’t stop writing. This will be the first time you hear all 30 songs that were meant to go on 'Red'. And hey, one of them is even ten minutes long.

"'Red (Taylor’s Version)' will be out November 19."

The expanded re-release of the record will follow 'Fearless (Taylor’s Version)' that came out in April, and 2020's 'Evermore', which landed less than five months after 'Folklore'.

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