Taylor Swift answered the big question everyone had after news emerged last night that Swift said she “absolutely” plans to re-record all her old music so she can own the rights on her new label: How, legally, can she do that? Swift was on Good Morning America today and addressed that during her interview with Robin Roberts. Apparently her contract with her last record label, Big Machine, doesn’t allow it yet…but it will soon.
“Yeah, that’s true [I’m re-recording some of my old music], and it’s something I’m very excited about doing because my contract says that starting November 2020—so next year—I can record albums 1 through 5 all over again,” she said. “I’m very excited about it. Because I just think that artists deserve to own their work. I just feel very passionately about that. Yeah, it’s next year [I’ll start doing that]. It’s right around the corner. I’m going to be busy. I’m really excited.”
Swift’s original masters are currently owned by Scooter Braun, who acquired Big Machine Label earlier this summer. Swift publicly spoke out against the move, writing an open letter on Tumblr. She called Braun acquiring her masters her “worst case scenario” because of the “incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years.”
Swift will be releasing her new album Lover tomorrow and dropping the (surely easter egg-filled) music video to her new single “Lover” tonight after her 5 P.M. YouTube Live. She’ll also be sharing news about her and Stella McCartney’s fashion collaboration there. The look book for the Lover Stella x Taylor Swift merchandise they designed came out earlier this week.
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Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton).