Taylor Swift Fans Celebrate as Singer Is Now Free to Re-Record Original Music
Taylor Swift is officially free to re-record her old music.
Beginning Nov. 1, Swift can now legally re-record new versions of her first five albums, which Scooter Braun gained ownership of last year following his $300 million deal with Big Machine Label Group. After news of the acquisition broke in June 2019, Swift received support when she publicly called out Braun and Big Machine co-owner Scott Borchetta.
However, Swift said last year that her contract allowed her to re-record her music in November 2020 — and her fans celebrated accordingly on Sunday on social media and even got #TaylorIsFree to begin trending on Twitter.
"#TaylorIsFree NO ONE WILL TAKE CREDIT FOR HER OWN WORK .... she’s FREE," one excited fan wrote of Nov. 1.
Said another, "The best people in life are free. #TaylorIsFree."
Swift confirmed in August 2019 that she planned on re-recording her first five albums — Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now, Red, and 1989 — once legally allowed to do so.
"It's something that I'm very excited about doing, because my contract says that starting November 2020, I can record albums one through five all over again. I'm very excited about it," she told Good Morning America's Robin Roberts.
"I think that artists deserve to own their work," she added. "I just feel very passionately about that."
Following Braun's acquisition of Swift's music catalog last year, the singer accused the manager of “manipulative bullying” over the years in a scathing Tumblr post, and the weeks following became a game of he-said, she-said between Swift, Braun, and Borchetta, who first signed the superstar when she was a teen.
In his letter, Borchetta, 58, claimed the deal he offered Swift gave her “100 percent of all Taylor Swift assets … to be transferred to her immediately upon signing the new agreement.”
However, Swift’s lawyer Donald Passman told PEOPLE in a statement: “Scott Borchetta never gave Taylor Swift an opportunity to purchase her masters, or the label, outright with a check in the way he is now apparently doing for others.”
A source previously told Variety that Swift had to sign a deal that would bind her to Big Machine or its new owner for another 10 years in order to buy her masters or the label.
Big Machine Label declined to comment at the time.
Under her new label Republic Records, which she signed with in November 2018, Swift has released two new albums: Lover and Folklore.