Taylor Swift is rereleasing her album, Red.
By Remy Zerber
Taylor Swift is rereleasing her old albums that were under her old record label, Big Machine Records, because Scooter Braun, a manager in the music industry, bought the company. After she was denied the opportunity to own her own music, she decided to leave Big Machine Records and re-record her first six albums with Universal Music Group. Taylor Swift is re-recording her first six albums, Taylor Swift (2006), Fearless (2008), Speak Now (2010), Red (2012), and 1989 (2014), and Swifties have come up with many theories regarding the songs on Red and many of her other re-released albums.
One theory is that Niall Horan (another singer/songwriter and former One Direction member) is going to do a collaboration with Taylor Swift on Red, that is set to be released on November 19th. Some reasons that fans think he will collaborate with Swift are because they have both praised each other’s music in the past and a potential tracklist circulated online that said that Niall was going to be featured on a song called “Sand Castle.” They also performed together in 2018 during her show at Wembley Stadium and seemed to be having a great time together because their energy during their performance was great, and they both have songs called “Our Song”. Taylor also seemed to be excited about collaborating with other artists on her songs.
“Taylor tweeted out that one of the best things about re-releasing her old albums is getting to record never-heard-before tracks with musicians she admires!” wrote an article by Capital FM. It could just be a coincidence that both Swift and Horan have songs called “Our Song,” but most Swifties think it is one of her carefully planned easter eggs. This wouldn’t be surprising because Swift is the queen of planting easter eggs for fans to find leading up to one of her releases. Fans theorize about Swift’s albums a lot.
In a recent update, Swift confirmed some fan theories. She confirmed that singer-songwriters Phoebe Bridgers, Chris Stapleton, Ed Sheeran, and Foster The People’s Mark Foster would appear on the new album. This would make sense because she is good friends with everyone, specifically Sheeran. She also confirmed that fans correctly guessed the three bonus tracks, which are “Ronan,” “Better Man,” and “Babe”. Swifties also theorized that Olivia Rodrigo is going to be on the album because she was wearing a ring that Taylor gave her in an interview. The ring is similar to the ring that Taylor is wearing in the Red TV album cover. Olivia is also a huge Swiftie and one of Taylor’s friends. However, this theory has yet to be confirmed. I guess we'll just have to wait for the album to find out.
Another fan theory is that there is going to be a ten-minute version of “All Too Well” on the album. “All Too Well” is one of Swift’s most popular songs. This is the theory that is most likely to come true because in her instagram post that announced “Red TV” Taylor wrote, "And hey, one of them is even ten minutes long." The only 10-minute song Swifties know about so far is "All Too Well". She also followed the sentence with a red scarf emoji and she sings about a scarf in “All Too Well”.
Many fan theories about Red (Taylor’s Version) have been proven true, like the theories that other artists would appear on the new album and fans guessing the names of the three bonus tracks, while some theories are yet to be confirmed, like the theories that Niall Horan and Olivia Rodrigo will be on it. Many fans are excited for the release of Red TV because they will be able to hear some of Swift’s unreleased songs and debunk some theories.
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