Taylor Swift says she intends to record new versions of her hit songs, after her back catalogue was bought by pop manager Scooter Braun.
In June, Swift revealed that the masters of her early music had been sold to him by her former record label.
She claims that she was not told about it, and she isn’t happy with Braun owning it since she has accused him of “incessant, manipulative bullying”.
During an interview with Good Morning America today, Swift confirmed that she would be re-recording her first five albums in 2020, which is when her contract allows her to do so.
So how will this work?
When Swift switched over to Republic Records last year, she negotiated to own the master rights to all of the music she creates going forward.
So if she rerecords her old songbook with Republic Records, she will own the copyright to all of the new recordings.
The move would give licensers the option to work directly with Swift and her team rather than go through Braun, and that, in turn, would allow Swift to reclaim some command over her music and how it’s used.
Re-recording music for rights purposes isn’t a new idea – according to BBC, artists like Def Leppard and ELO have previously re-recorded their hits so they can own the rights to the new versions.