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Taylor Swift: I'll Remake 6 Albums

Plan revealed after sale of original masters
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2019 8:10 AM CDT
Taylor Swift performs at Amazon Music's Prime Day concert in New York City on July 10, 2019.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – New recordings are on the way from Taylor Swift, and we aren't referring to her album Lover, which drops Friday. The singer-songwriter tells CBS Sunday Morning she will "absolutely" rerecord her songbook after her originals masters were sold to a man she accused of bullying her. In acquiring Big Machine Label Group earlier this year, producer Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings nabbed ownership of the six studio albums Swift released before signing with Universal in November. "My musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it," claimed Swift, who described "incessant, manipulative bullying" by Braun. She added she had no prior knowledge of the deal.

Though executives disputed that account—noting Swift's father, a BMLG shareholder, would've been notified in advance—Swift doubles down in the CBS interview. She says she indeed learned of the sale "when it was online," per the Hollywood Reporter. It was at that point that fellow singer Kelly Clarkson suggested Swift rerecord her songs "but put brand new art & some kind of incentive so fans will no longer buy the old versions." But as standard recording contracts block artists from rerecording songs provided to a record company for a set period after the agreement expires—usually three to five years, per Billboard—fans may still have a while to wait. The full CBS interview, which "features Swift at home, in the studio and much more," airs Sunday at 9am EST. (Read more Taylor Swift stories.)

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