Taylor Swift insists she’ll re-record her masters in 2020
Taylor Swift insists she’ll re-record her first five albums in 2020, following her outrage over her old record label being sold to mega manager Scooter Braun earlier this summer.
After telling “CBS Sunday Morning” about her plan, she appeared on “Good Morning America” Thursday morning to further say: “It’s something that I’m very excited about doing because my contract says that starting November 2020, so next year, I can record albums 1-5 all over again. I’m very excited about it because I think that artists deserve to own their work. I just feel very passionately about that.”
Her move comes in response to Braun’s acquisition of her masters when he purchased her former label, Big Machine Records. She described him as a “bully” and is now fighting to control her masters, which a source previously confirmed to Page Six she “walked away” from in order to sign a new deal with Universal Music Group.
Swift appeared to admit as much to Vogue, telling the magazine, “It was either investing in my past or my and other artists’ future, and I chose the future.”
A music industry expert with knowledge of Swift’s past and present music deals told Page Six on Thursday that she wouldn’t be able to re-record.
“She can’t re-record because she’s not contractually allowed to do so,” the source said. “The only thing she could be allowed to do is … re-do the lyrics, but contractually she can’t. Even if she could, no one would want old songs with new lyrics.”
But another industry source told us she would, in fact, be able to redo her songs.
Though Swift says she’ll re-record in 2020 when certain stipulations of her contract are up, we’re told by a separate industry expert that there are so many nuances and issues that re-recording will likely be fruitless, as it would put her current label, Republic Records, in financial jeopardy. We’re also told there are so many parameters around her deal that she would only be allowed to “try” to re-record one album.
The “You Need to Calm Down” singer, 29, has maintained that she found out about Braun’s deal with Big Machine Records founder Scott Borchetta “as it was announced to the world.” Borchetta publicly blasted Swift for the allegedly false claims, posting screenshots of messages between him and Swift that show she was well-aware of the deal and stated her father, Scott Swift, was on investor calls.
But now Page Six has exclusively learned that Swift’s mother, Andrea Swift, also texted Borchetta prior to the deal’s closing asking to discuss it.
Perhaps the drama surrounding Braun, Borchetta and Swift will subside when Swifties turn their attention to her latest album release, “Lover,” out at midnight.
Source : Francesca Bacardi Link