Taylor Swift Takes Back Her Music


Parker Wilson and Willa Corcoran

For over 15 years now, Taylor Swift has taken the world by storm with her catchy music and outspoken personality.


Swift has released 9 studio albums, 13 EPs, 3 live albums, and two compilations (As well as many writing credits for other artists). She’s been nominated for a total of 924 awards and has received 430. Her first 6 albums were released under the management of Big Machine Records up until her 7th studio album “Lover”, which she now owns under her own record label ‘Republic Records’.


Since then Taylor Swift decided to re-release her older albums under her own record label. Swift has already released the rerecording on her second album, “Fearless”, calling it “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”. Earlier this year she announced that she would be releasing the re-recorded version of her older album “Red” on November 19th of this year leaving a trail of Easter eggs all over her social media posts for her fans to find.     


When asking some fellow fans about their thoughts on Swift’s journey, Kayla Kaufman, an 8th-grade student at Carbondale Middle School had this to say: “She’s made this beautiful connection with her fans over the years. She makes every album feel personal to her fans and she said it’s like we’re growing up together.” Another Taylor Swift fan, Rose, a freshman here at GSHS stated, “ Taylor Swift is the music industry.” 


Since the announcement of “Red (Taylor’s Version)”, Taylor Swift has been up to a lot. This includes joining popular social media platform known as TikTok, making many fans leery of what she’ll do next. They were right to be suspicious, because soon after her widely popular song “Wildest Dreams”, started trending on TikTok, Taylor released “Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)”. The first single to come from “1989”’s re-recording. This came with a few more subtle hints that the arrival of 1989 (TV) may be sooner than we expect.


“I really admire that she still persevered even with everyone doubting her.” Yarrow Ator, a senior here at GSHS told Parker Wilson. “Her owning her own music is a big deal because I’ve come to relate with her and I know that if I had my art about my life owned I would be really upset because it’s so meaningful.” Despite harsh critics and constant reinvention, Taylor Swift is a force to be reckoned with and continues to amaze. You’d better watch your back, one day you might just end up with your name in a song. (We’re looking at you, John Mayer.)