WASHINGTON — With five months to go until singer-songwriter Taylor Swift drops her updated version of “Red,” fans are searching for any clues about the re-recorded album. And luckily, singer Ed Sheeran just revealed new details about the upcoming album.
Swift is set to drop the updated version of her record in November. As fans eagerly await the album’s release, Sheeran, who collaborated with Swift on the 2012 “Red” track “Everything Has Changed,” just gave everyone another reason to celebrate.
“I’ve already done it,” said Sheeran. “I’ve already recorded it.” He revealed details on June 27.
“Taylor’s got a few surprises in store for you, I’ll say that,” said Sheeran, who also joined Swift on “The Red Tour.”
Fans on social media are pointing out that Sheeran and Swift wrote two songs together for “Red,” one of which didn’t make it to the album. So, the unreleased track may make it to this new version of the album, given that it’s set to feature 30 songs.
“Musically and lyrically, ‘Red’ resembled a heartbroken person,” Swift said on June 18 in an Instagram post.
“It was all over the place, a fractured mosaic of feelings that somehow all fit together in the end. Happy, free, confused, lonely, devastated, euphoric, wild, and tortured by memories past. Like trying on pieces of a new life, I went into the studio and experimented with different sounds and collaborators,” she said.
“Sometimes you need to talk it over (over and over and over) for it to ever really be… over,” said Taylor talking about her past heartbreaks.
“Like your friend who calls you in the middle of the night going on and on about their ex, I couldn’t stop writing. This will be the first time you hear all 30 songs that were meant to go on Red.”
The 31-year-old singer, whose battle over the rights to her album masters inspired her re-recordings, also teased one of the tracks will be “ten minutes long,” an apparent reference to the unreleased version of her hit song, “All Too Well.”
Back in April, Swift released “Fearless (Taylor’s Version),” her first re-record album. In addition to re-recordings of the album’s 19 tracks, “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” included her 2010 single “Today Was a Fairytale” and six “from the vault” songs that were not included on the original album.
These included “You All Over Me” with Maren Morris, “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” “We Were Happy,” “That’s When” with Keith Urban, “Don’t You,” and “Bye Bye Baby.”
The Grammy-winning songstress confirmed her intent to re-record her music in August 2019 after her Big Machine Label Group catalog was acquired in June 2019 by Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings. In November 2020, after her masters were sold once again to Shamrock Holdings, Swift took to her Twitter handle at that time to inform her fans that she had started the process of re-recording her old music.
“Red (Taylor’s Version)” is set for release on November 19, this year.
(With inputs from ANI)
(Edited by Anindita Ghosh and Ojaswin Kathuria)
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