Red (Taylor’s Version)

Back in 2019, Taylor Swift announced that she would be re-recording some of her older albums. Swift disclosed that five of her albums will be re-taped, including Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now, Red, and 1998. She already re-recorded Fearless and published it on April 9, 2021. On June 18, 2021, the singer announced that Red is being recorded and will soon be released. 

Red (Taylor’s Version) was to be made public on November 19 of 2021. Swift recently revealed that she would publish the album one week earlier than the scheduled release date. She announced the news on her Instagram story, stating, “My version of Red will be out a week earlier than scheduled (including the 4 disc vinyl) on November 12!” Then she continued, “Can’t wait to celebrate the 13th with you and our new/old autumn heartbreak album.” These statements brought much excitement to her fans, who are now eager for the release. 

Red, initially released in 2012 with 19 songs, will now have around 30 songs, including those meant to be released with the original album. Swift tweeted, “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.” 

Many of her fans figured out some of the surprises that will come with the album’s new release. They were able to decipher many secrets on the album through clues Swift left for them. She released a teaser where the letters of the songs were all mixed up. Included was a pre-save page for fans to unscramble the letters of the song’s titles and use them as a code to unlock “The Vault.” After cracking the code, fans figured out some of the other artists featured on her album. Collaborations include Phoebe Bridgers, Chris Stapleton, and Ed Sheeran. 

Taylor Swift also sprinkled clues before announcing that Red will be the next album she will be re-recording. Many of her fans did not catch on, though. They firmly believed that 1998 was the next album. She had an interview with Stephen Colbert. She dropped many signs that it would be the next released album, but this information was misleading. Swift not only dropped clues for 1998 but Red as well. On June 6, she tweeted how much she loved her fans for returning her newest album Evermore to number one on the Billboard 200—included were four red hearts. 

Another major clue she dropped was using a lyric in one of the songs on the Red album. When Swift was promoting the vinyl release of Evermore, she said, “You guys went and did the nicest thing this week and broke and broke the record for biggest vinyl sales week…like ever?” The lyric “Like ever” could be found in “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” one of the songs on the Red album. 

Once the album is finally released, it will bring much excitement and celebration to her and her fans.