Taylor Swift set to release “Red (Taylor’s Version)” on Friday, November 12


Madison Loos

Almost 5 months after the announcement, Taylor Swift’s website is covered in promotional materials and merchandise for her rerecord of “Red”. “Red (Taylor’s Version)” follows the release of “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” in April of 2021.

Nine years after its release, Taylor Swift is releasing a rerecording of her hit album “Red,” the second in the series of re-recorded albums being released by Swift. 

In 2012, Taylor Swift released her fourth studio album “Red,” the last country album before her crossover into pop music. Originally produced by Big Machine Records, the album featured 16 songs with a run time of 65 minutes.

The re-recorded version of “Red (Taylor’s Version)” includes the original 16, four “Red Deluxe” edition songs, the single “Ronan,” and nine additional songs from the vault, with a run time of 2 hours 11 minutes. 

With the success of “Fearless (Taylor’s Version),” fans anxiously await the release of “Red (Taylor’s Version)” Friday, November 12. 

Senior Claire Colvin, a long time fan of Swift, is ecstatic about the release. 

“I have a whole plan worked out for the order of my “Red (Taylor’s Version)” experience,” Colvin said. “I would say I’m the most excited for “State of Grace,” “Stay Stay Stay,” and all of the new collab tracks.”  

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Senior Claire Colvin listens to Taylor Swift in the hallway between classes. She is one of millions of fans anxiously awaiting the release. (Madison Loos)

Senior Kate Dion, another Swift fan, has long awaited this release.

“I’m most excited to hear each of the talking parts in her songs, now that she’s all grown up, and all of the new tracks she’s releasing!” Dion said. 

After a dispute with her original recording company, Big Machine Records, Swift has begun re-recording her original six albums along with extra songs in an effort to exercise greater artistic control over her own music.

The re-recorded version of “Fearless,” released in April 2021, was highly anticipated and well received. It was the first re-recorded album to ever reach number one on the Billboard 200 chart, fueling the anticipation of “Red (Taylor’s Version).”