Taylor Swift announces Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) ahead of its July release
Taylor Swift surprised fans late Friday night when she announced the upcoming release of Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), a re-recording of her 2010 album.
Swift took to social media just before midnight when she announced the album would be out on July 7th.
“It fills me with such pride and joy to announce that my version of Speak Now will be out on July 7th (just in time for July 9th iykyk 😆),” Swift wrote when mentioning a date to which referenced in the title of the original album. “last kiss.”
“When I was 18-20 years old, I wrote Speak Now entirely myself for the first time. The songs that came out of that time in my life were characterized by brutal honesty, unfiltered diary-like confessions and wild melancholy. I love this album because it tells a story about growing up, flailing, flying and crashing… and living to talk about it.”
Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) will feature a total of 22 songs, including six previously unreleased tracks from her vault. Physical versions of the album appear to include “never-before-seen” photos of Swift, while CDs and vinyl copies will include lyrics from the album’s songs, according to their website.
In another message to her fans, Swift wrote that she always considered her 2010 project “my album.”
“And the lump in my throat widens into a trembling voice as I say it. Thank you, Dear Readerit’s finally going to be,” Swift wrote, referring to a track from “Midnights.”
She continued with another not-so-subtle song reference: “I consider this music to be the best thing ever along with your faith in me been mine.”
Swift revealed the news to one during her first stop on the Eras Tour in Nashville record-breaking amount on Friday at Nissan Stadium.
“I guess instead of talking about it, I thought I’d just show you,” Swift said as a graphic with the album’s name flashed on a screen behind her.
Latest album ‘Taylor’s Version’ comes after she announced her plan to re-record her first six albums in 2019 to gain control of her masters after Scooter Braun overhauled her catalog with his company’s acquisition of Big Machine Records bought Ithaca Holdings.
Ithaca later sold the Masters to Shamrock Holdings in 2020 in a deal Swift said would allow Braun to “continue to benefit‘ their old music catalog for ‘many years’.
Swift has released two of her Big Machine Records-era albums since her announcement in 2019. She released both Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version) in 2021.