Country turned pop superstar Taylor Swift is making good on a promise to re-record her first six albums, and is starting off with Fearless (Taylor’s Version). And in a heartfelt social media post Thursday (February 11), she seemed to hint at when it will arrive.
Writing on Instagram, Swift first explained what the Fearless album meant for her, both as an artist and as a teenage girl. The original album came out in 2008 and featured songs written by Swift between the ages of 16 and 18, she said, so it represented an important time of transition — the period that changed her from a girl into a woman. Tracks like “Love Story,” “White Horse,” and “You Belong With Me” found her reconciling reality with the “fairytale” she had in her head, and millions of fans took the journey with her. Now it’s time to go back.
Her newly re-recorded version of Fearless will feature all of the 2008 album plus six new tracks that were written at the same time as the others, but not included on the original, for a total of 26 songs. And by capitalizing certain letters in her message to fans, she seemed to spell out the date “April 9.” That will mark Swift’s third album release in less than a year, after she dropped folklore and evermore in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
Meanwhile, Swift also revealed that she’ll unveil the new project’s opening single, a re-done version of “Love Story,” this Friday (February 12). And she shared the cover art to Fearless (Taylor’s Version) with Good Morning America.
The news arrives after Swift parted ways with her first record label in 2018, and subsequently had a falling out with the head of Big Machine Label Group, Scott Borchetta. Taylor Swift expressed her desire to buy back the master recordings to her early albums, but Borchetta sold the work to an investor named Scooter Bruan instead, a move which Swift was vehemently against. She vowed to re-record all of that work in response, and shared an early listen to part of the new “Love Story” late last year. Read Swift’s full Fearless (Taylor’s Version) announcement above.