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


Apr. 14 2021, Updated 1:43 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 and claimed they should always own the rights to their works. After being unable to purchase the rights to her first seven albums, she's decided to re-record all of them.

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The first of these re-recordings to be released is "Fearless," her second studio album that was originally released in 2008. Songs like "Love Story," "White Horse," and "You Belong With Me" charted high following their release.

But which re-recorded album will Taylor release next?

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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 have 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. While Taylor has yet to announce which of her first seven albums will be released next, Swifties are guessing "1989," one of her most commercially successful albums, will be next.

During Taylor's recent Good Morning America appearance, eagle-eyed fans noticed she was wearing the same earrings from the "Blank Space" music video, and that her nails were painted blue.

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Both of these small details have convinced fans that "1989" will be the next album she (re)releases.

In a more far-fetched theory, many noticed how often she said the word "first" throughout the clip, and are trying to piece it together as part of an acronym. The theory is that each letter in the word "first" represents an album title: F ("Fearless"), I ("1989"), R ("Red" or "Reputation"), S ("Speak Now"), T ("Taylor Swift").

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Of course, all of these are just theories, and Taylor has yet to officially confirm any of these ideas. But many are expecting that it won't be long after "Fearless (Taylor's Version)" is released that she will announce her next re-recording.

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Fans found more clues in her appearance on the 'Late Show.'

Taylor made an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and joked with the late-night host that her song "Hey Stephen" isn't about him.

While the segment was meant to be a promotion for her recent release of "Fearless (Taylor's Version)," fans were quick to pick up on the many references she made to "1989."

To start, Taylor makes quite a few references to New York, which Swifties immediately assumed was meant to be in referral to her song from "1989," "Welcome to New York."

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"Don't flatter yourself. 'Hey Stephen' is not about you any more than my album "1989" is about that year you spent waiting tables on the lunch shift at Scuzi..." Taylor joked. 

She also mentioned "Shake It Off," a single from "1989," furthering fans' beliefs.

There's also some pretty crazy numbers work being done by Swifties who are looking for clues to guess when we might see "1989 (Taylor's Version)" be released. Right now, theories suggest June, though Taylor has yet to confirm.

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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