Taylor Swift will head back to the studio – this time, not to create new music, but to re-record old tracks.
Chatting with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” during her Thursday morning performance in Central Park, Swift said that she intends to re-record her first five albums – “Taylor Swift,” “Fearless,” “Speak Now,” “Red” and “1989” – as soon as next year.
“Yeah, that’s true,” Swift said after Roberts asked her about her plans to re-record her music. “And 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 one through five all over again. I’m very excited about it.”
“I just think that artists deserve to own their own work,” she added. “I just feel very passionately about that.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Swift shared that her father bought pizza for the fans who waited overnight to see her in Central Park, saying that, “as a family, it blows our mind that people would want to do that, like for my parents, they’re like, ‘That’s my kid, people are waiting on the sidewalk to see her sing.'”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 22, 2019
Swift originally confirmed her plans to re-record her albums in an interview for “CBS Sunday Morning,” airing Aug. 25 at 9 a.m. ET, in which the “Reputation” singer speaks about her strategic plan to correspondent Tracy Smith, who asks about re-recording past songs in order to regain control of her master recordings.
“Might you do that?” Smith asks, according to a press release.
“Oh yeah,” Swift says.
“That’s a plan?” Smith asks.
“Yeah, absolutely,” Swift replies.
In late June, Swift publicly denounced music tycoon Scooter Braun – who manages Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Swift’s past foe, Kanye West – after he paid $300 million to acquire Swift’s former record label, Big Machine Label Group, and by extension, the masters of Swift’s music from her previous six albums.
Swift is set to release her seventh studio album, “Lover,” on Friday.
Although Swift said she and her inner circle were unaware of this business deal, Big Machine officials said otherwise.
After Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta attempted to “set some things straight” in a blog post in July, claiming Swift had prior knowledge of the deal and didn’t “learn about (the sale) as it was announced to the world,” as she wrote in her post.
The person said Swift’s father, Scott Swift, opted out of participating in the June 25 shareholders call Borchetta mentioned, because a non-disclosure agreement would have forced him to keep information from his daughter.
The CBS interview also promises Swift’s take on songwriting, growing up in the business, her haters, her insecurities and more.