Taylor Swift. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)
Taylor Swift is dropping “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)”, a re-recorded take on her hit single, before an update to her 2008 album Fearless.
Swift appeared on Good Morning America to make a special announcement Thursday (11 February), announcing that the new “Love Story” would be released at midnight that same day.
“I’m so excited to share with you that tonight at midnight I’m putting out my version of my song ‘Love Story,’ which was originally on my album Fearless,” she said.
In a follow-up statement, Swift confirmed that alongside the release of “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)”, the entire Fearless (Taylor’s Version) album “is done and will be with you soon”.
“It has 26 songs including six never before released songs from the vault,” she wrote.
Speaking on Good Morning America, she explained: “I’ve now gone back and recorded those so that everyone will be able to hear not only the songs that made the album but the songs that almost made it.
“The full picture.”
EXCLUSIVE: @taylorswift13 is dropping a new re-recorded version of her song “Love Story” at midnight! She tells @GMA she has re-recorded her entire “Fearless” album and gives us a sneak peek at the new cover! 💛💛 #TaylorSwiftOnGMA https://t.co/UQUu2QuE6O pic.twitter.com/8ZvZBmvgiR
— Good Morning America 💛💛 (@GMA) February 11, 2021
Swift hasn’t officially confirmed a release date for the re-recorded Fearless, but fans think that, in classic Swift style, she hid the date within her statement.
With the post all written in lower case, sleuths were quick to spy that certain words have a capital letter lodged within them – when strung together in order, the capital letters say: “APRIL NINTH.”
I’m thrilled to tell you that my new version of Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is done and will be with you soon. It has 26 songs including 6 never before released songs from the vault. Love Story (Taylor’s Version) will be out tonight. Pre-order now at https://t.co/NqBDS6cGFl 💛💛 pic.twitter.com/Vjyy2gA72O
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 11, 2021
The singer has been busy re-recording her first six albums after record executive Scott ‘Scooter’ Braun bought and sold the rights to her masters catalogue, or the original recordings of her music.
Taylor Swift teased snippet of new ‘Love Story’.
Fans were previously blessed with a teaser for the refurbished “Love Story” during an advertisement for dating website Match.com last year.
The version of “Love Song” heard in the advert leans heavily into the swoony country instruments of the original, answering the question of whether Swift’s re-recordings would be soundalikes or complete reinterpretations.
Swift was due to appear on daytime talk show Good Morning America where she said she would make a “surprise announcement”, fuelling fan speculation that the long-awaited “Love Story” remake would be coming out.
Swift, 31, previously told Good Morning America that re-recording her back catalogue – which spans more than a decade – has been an emotional journey for her.
“So far, of the ones I’ve recorded, I think it’s been the most fun doing ‘Love Story’ because the older music, my voice was so teenaged and I sometimes when I hear my older music and my older young teenage voice, it makes me feel like I’m a different singer now,” she said.
“So it’s been the most fun to re-record ones that I feel like I could actually possibly improve upon the song.”