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Taylor Swift Announces ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’ After Showing Signs

Swifties around the world are eagerly counting down the days as Taylor Swift prepares to unveil her much-anticipated Taylor’s Version of her iconic pop breakthrough album, 1989. The reimagined album is set to grace the airwaves on October 27th, marking a significant moment for both Taylor Swift and her devoted fanbase.

The ingenious singer-songwriter chose a date with a clever twist to drop the exciting news. On August 9th, she made the announcement, coinciding with the final date of the first leg of her monumental Eras tour at the stunning SoFi Stadium near Los Angeles. The tour’s resounding success is bound to continue as it embarks on a journey across South America, Japan, Australia, and Europe before making a triumphant return to North America in October 2024.

During her electrifying performance on the tour’s last night, Swift playfully teased the revelation. Using her knack for wordplay, she shared, “Here we are, the last night (of the tour) in the eighth month of the year … and the ninth day of the month.” With a smile, she left the microphone with her guitar slung over her shoulder, leaving the crowd in a state of exhilaration. As fans erupted with joy, Swift gestured toward a video screen displaying the album information, later expressing her excitement on social media, dubbing the re-release as “my most favorite rerecord I’ve ever done.”

The forthcoming Taylor’s Version of 1989 will comprise 21 tracks, including five previously unreleased songs “from the vault.” And, in classic Swift fashion, she offered a delightful surprise by including the bonus track New Romantics in the album.

This reimagined release of 1989, a tribute to her birth year, follows the successful launch of Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) in July. The re-recorded album soared to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking Swift’s 12th album to claim the top spot. With this achievement, Taylor Swift secured her place as the female artist with the most No. 1 albums in chart history, surpassing the record previously held by the legendary Barbra Streisand.

1989, originally released in 2014, was a defining moment in Taylor Swift‘s career trajectory. The album, which captured Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album honors at the 2016 Grammy Awards, marked her full transition from country to pop. Collaborating with music luminaries such as Max Martin, Shellback, Jack Antonoff, and Ryan Tedder, Swift crafted chart-topping hits like Blank Space, Shake it Off, Out of the Woods, and Bad Blood. The record’s glossy production and memorable melodies solidified Swift‘s status as a pop superstar.

This reimagined edition of 1989 is the latest in a series of releases labeled as Taylor’s Version. Swift embarked on this endeavor to regain artistic control after the sale of her original master recordings in 2020. Preceded by Fearless, Red, and Speak Now, 1989 (Taylor’s Version) promises to be a heartfelt reclamation of her musical legacy.

Fans worldwide are undoubtedly gearing up for October 27th, when they will immerse themselves once again in the vibrant soundscape of 1989, rediscovering the magic that made Taylor Swift an indelible force in the world of pop music.

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Eva van den Bosch Head Editor, Photographer
Eva van den Bosch combines concert photography with a prominent editorial role at Strife Mag.