By: Poelano Malema
‘Fearless’ is the second studio album by award-winning artist Taylor Swift, which was released on November 11, 2008, under Big Machine Records.
Although the album won Grammy Awards for ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Country Album’ in 2010, what many people don’t know is that the album didn’t feature some songs that Swift felt needed to be on the album.
Ten years later, Swift has re-released the album and included songs that were previously left out by her record label.
“I’m thrilled to tell you that my new version of Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is done and will be with you soon. It has 26 songs including 6 never before released songs from the vault. Love Story (Taylor’s Version) will be out tonight,” wrote the singer on Twitter.
She explained the major reason for the re-release.
“I’ve spoken a lot about why I’m remaking my first six albums, but the way I’ve chosen to do this will hopefuLly help illuminate where I’m coming from. artists should own their own work for so many reasons, but the most screamingly obvious one is that the artist is the one who really *knows* that body of work. for example, only i know which songs i wrote that almost made it to the fearless album. songs i absolutely adored, but were held back for different reasons (don’t want too many breakup songs, don’t want too maNy down tempo songs, can’t fit that many songs on a physical cd),” she wrote on Twitter.
“Those reasons seem unnecessary now. i’ve decIded i want you to have the whole story, see the entire vivid picture, and let you into the entire dreamscape that is my fearless album. that’s why i’ve chosen to include 6 never before released songs on my version of this album. written when i was betweeN the ages of 16 and 18, these were the ones it killed me to leave behind,” she added.
The new songs include the hit, ‘My Story’.
I’m thrilled to tell you that my new version of Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is done and will be with you soon. It has 26 songs including 6 never before released songs from the vault. Love Story (Taylor’s Version) will be out tonight. Pre-order now at https://t.co/NqBDS6cGFl ?? pic.twitter.com/Vjyy2gA72O
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 11, 2021
In 2019, Swift announced she would re-record her first six albums after her talent manager Scooter Braun sold the master rights to an investment fund.
Been getting a lot of questions about the recent sale of my old masters. I hope this clears things up. pic.twitter.com/sscKXp2ibD
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 16, 2020
Image courtesy of Instagram/ @Taylorswift