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Swifties Have Some Theories on What Re-Recorded Album Taylor Swift Will Release Next


May. 5 2022, Updated 3:40 p.m. ET

After a long and drawn-out legal battle with Scooter Braun over her masters, Taylor Swift is finally dropping re-recordings of some of her earliest albums. Taylor has continuously been an advocate for artists, claiming they should always own the rights to their works. After being unable to purchase the rights to her first six albums, she's decided to re-record all of them.

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The first of these re-recordings was "Fearless," her second studio album, which was originally released in 2008. Taylor recently followed up with the re-recording of "Red," which was originally released in 2012.

But which re-recorded album will Taylor release next? Swifties have been hunting for Easter eggs in her posts for months and have some guesses.

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What re-recording will Taylor Swift release next?

When Taylor first announced that the first album re-recording she would be releasing was "Fearless," some were confused about why she picked her second studio album as opposed to her self-titled debut. Some Swifties hypothesized that because the album resulted in her first Grammy awards (snagging four categories), it made sense to begin with "Fearless" instead of going in order of release.

But this has left many fans curious as to which re-recording will come next. Many fans petitioned that "1989" should come next, simply because an onslaught of clues from the singer seemed to indicate the album was coming. However, Taylor re-released "Red" on Nov. 12, 2021, further confusing fans and sending them on another hunt for clues.

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Now that "Red (Taylor's Version)" has been officially released, many fans are ready for her next era. "Red" was ushered in with perhaps more gusto than the "Fearless" era. The shebang included lighting up the Empire State Building the color red and creating a short film centered around her most famous song from the album, "All Too Well."

Swifties are a bit divided in their theories about which re-recording is next. Some maintain that "1989" is on its way while others believe it'll be "Speak Now."

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For those who believe "1989" is next, in her "All Too Well" short film, the car used is a 1989 model, as one eagle-eyed fan pointed out on TikTok. Couple that with the merch that had the uncanny color scheme of that era she already dropped and some are convinced we'll be getting her fifth album next.

That being said, there are also plenty of clues to suggest that "Speak Now" is already in the works. One of the biggest clues is a screenshot from "The Man" music video that's circulated around TikTok.

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The spray-painted wall features the titles of all of the albums she's rerecording (except for her debut); many believe if you read the album titles clockwise, that's the order of release. First was "Fearless," then "Red," then "Speak Now," followed by "Reputation" and then "1989."

While many were sure that an album would be announced by the end of 2021, Taylor has yet to reveal what she's working on — but there are even more signs that point to the next rerecording being "1989."

For starters, the lyric video of "This Love (Taylor's Version)" on "1989" was released at the same time the song was used in a trailer for the upcoming Amazon Prime series The Summer I Turned Pretty, making it the second single from the album to be released.

Taylor has also released new "1989" and "Speak Now" merch on her website, despite those eras not beginning yet. While we still don't know for sure which one is next, it looks like she's gearing up for the announcement.

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Taylor cannot re-record certain albums before certain dates due to her contracts.

Unfortunately, there are legal barriers stopping Taylor from re-recording some of her first six albums.

Per The Washington Post, Taylor explained in 2019 that she could re-record her first five albums beginning on Nov. 20, 2020, though "Reputation" will have to be re-recorded at a later date since it's her most recent under Big Machine.

Taylor has also had to go to court over a copyright claim for "Shake It Off" from "1989," which could be why Swifties haven't seen that album yet.

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How many songs does Taylor Swift have?

Officially, Taylor's discography includes 173 songs (which Rolling Stone kindly ranked, if you need a refresher). These songs are a mix between tracks released on her nine studio albums, appearances she's made on other artists' albums, and songs written specifically for movies. But these 173 songs are just a fraction of the songs Taylor has written throughout the course of her career.

As part of Taylor's re-recording process, she's been releasing new songs "From the Vault" for each album — tracks that she wrote during the era but which, for one reason or another, didn't make the final cut.

Genius has a list of more than 100 songs that are reportedly "unreleased," and many of them are contenders for bonus soundtracks on her upcoming rereleases.

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