Taylor Swift says she plans to re-record her songs' masters

Carla Harmon
August 22, 2019

In a new interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the Grammy victor, 29, says she "absolutely" will re-record her first six albums, which fell into the hands of Braun following his $300 million deal with Big Machine. Posting on her Tumblr page, Swift called Braun's acquisition of her masters the "worst case scenario" and said the news made her "sad and grossed out".

People quotes an exchange between Swift and CBS Sunday Morning interviewer Tracy Smith where the singer is asked if she plans to regain control of her masters by re-recording old songs.

"Might you do that?", journalist Tracy Smith asked Swift, 29, in a forthcoming interview for USA news show, CBS Sunday Morning.


"When I started spending more time in London, Stella and I would go on walks, have cocktails, and talk about life", Swift told US Vogue.

A collaboration between the pair was first mentioned in US Vogue's September issue, which features the popstar on the cover.

In the end, Braun acquired the rights to her master recordings, which, in theory, gives Ithaca Holdings the power to do whatever it wants with Swift's back catalogue.


Lover (released August 23) is Swift's seventh studio album and her first on Republic Records. Taylor still owns the publishing rights for all of the songs she wrote.

"Typically it's a period of five years, sometimes much more", said McPherson, noting that he was not familiar with the specifics of her contract with Big Machine.

It's a strategy other artists have turned to over the decades. In December, pop singer-songwriter JoJo announced plans to rerelease new versions of her first two albums from 2004 and 2006 to make them available for streaming after her previous label, Blackground Records, withdrew them from streaming services.


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