Taylor Swift Releases “Red: Taylor’s Version”


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Taylor Swift: Red (Taylor’s Version)

Kaliyah Luna, Journalist

Taylor Swift has become a household name for many years, since she first dropped her first album in 2006. Since then, Swift has gone on to receive several awards in recognition of her musical talents, and continues to gain more notice everyday. An album that she had previously released titled “Red” was one of Swift’s most popular albums to date. This album features some of her fan favorite songs including, “Everything Has Changed, 22, We Are Never Getting Back Together, All Too Well, etc.” 

Swift has recreated two albums to be “Taylor’s Version,” Red and Fearless, both of which have gone on to receive a lot of recognition and love from her fan base. She chose to recreate the two albums to finally have ownership of the songs she created, and to show new and upcoming artists to pay attention to the contracts they sign with labels. Now that she has recreated the songs, she now owns them.

 On November 12, 2021 Taylor Swift released her version of Red. The day it was released it reached a record breaking amount of streams on Spotify, racking up the biggest number of streams in the first day released by a female artist. The most popular song that is sweeping everyone off their feet is her featured song “All Too Well.” This song explains a past relationship that Swift previously had and demonstrates the story and heartbreak throughout the relationship. Along with releasing “Taylor’s Version” of the song, Swift also went on to recreate a 10 minute version of the song. 

The song is able to project to her audience how emotionally and physically exhausting the relationship was, in addition to having to deal with the aftermath. To one up herself even more, she released a short film to the 10 minute version. It is presented with featured actors Dylan O’brien and Sadie Sink. Many have speculated that the song is about her past relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal, which at the time, the two had a large age gap. The two actors she chose to display the story also are presented with the same age gap as Swift and Gyllenhaal in the duration of their relationship. 

To continue to surprise her fan base even more, Swift also released another version of the song. Released on November 17, 2021, Swift released a new version of the song entitled “All Too Well (Sad Girl Autumn Version).” This was recorded at Long Pond Studio, and the video features her in the studio singing her heart out. 

Although her many versions of “All Too Well” have swept many teenage girls off their feet, the album as a whole has taken the world by storm. Many have been on the edge of their seats since the recreation of the album was first released and the results have not let any of her fans down. 

Overall, Swift recreating her most well known album to not only better herself, but to show other artists that once you make a name for yourself, the sky’s the limit.