Taylor Swift’s record breaking release, Red is now her own


Maddie Marshall

(Taylor’s Version) means that Swift owns her own music. The second of six re-released albums was her iconic album, Red.

Madeline Marshall and Galilea Velasco

Grab your scarves and warm fall beverages and get ready to cry to songs you know all too well. Taylor Swift released her re-recording of her fourth album, Red.

Taylor Swift has been re-recording her first six albums in order to gain full ownership of her music. This might help make sense of the “Taylor’s Version” following the album title if you were initially confused. Nov. 12 Swifties were excited to be able to listen to all 30 songs that she had planned to put on the album originally, plus some new songs with collaborations.

The album Red ¨resembled a heartbroken person. It was all over the place, a fractured mosaic of feelings that somehow all fit together in the end,¨ Taylor Swift said in an exclusive message to her fans who have Apple Music. “Happy, free, confused, lonely, devastated, euphoric, wild, and tortured by memories past.”

The most anticipated song on the album was the 10 minute version of “All Too Well”. Rumors floated around about this version of the song for several years, and the announcement of it being on “Red (Taylor’s Version)” brought up a roar of excitement amongst fans. 

“I was actually most excited to hear All Too Well even before I knew there was going to be a 10 minute version,” Junior Annalise Yenney said. “All Too Well is arguably one of the best Taylor Swift songs.” 

Along with the song, released shortly after the album came a short film. Starring “Stranger Things” star Sadie Sink and “Maze Runner” star Dylan O’Brien who played lovers in the film, to portray her past relationship between Swift and actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Unsurprisingly, the video had about 35 million views in four days.

“I really like how she portrayed both of them, she didn’t make him evil and allowed herself to have immature moments too,” Yenney said. 

Following her album release, she appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” as well as “The Late Show with Seth Meyers.” That was nowhere near the end because Saturday Nov. 13, she was the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” where she not only was in one of the skits, but she also performed the 10 minute version of “All Too Well,” which has now received more than 3.1 million views.

Between then and Nov. 15, Swift gave fans no time to rest before releasing “I Bet You Think About Me” featuring Chris Stapleton, this Monday from  the Vault track. Actress and close friend of Swift, Blake Lively directed the wonderfully red video and it got over 11 million views in one day.


The album broke several records including most-streamed album in a single day by a female artist on Spotify with a total of 90.8 million streams, beating her own previously held record of 80.6 million streams on “Folklore” in 2020. 

Overall, fans have been enjoying listening to the remade versions of the 16 songs on the original Red album. However, fans are extremely happy to have welcomed 14 new songs, two of which were already known by fans but covered by other artists. The songs were “Better Man” covered by the country group “Little Big Town” and ¨Babe” by the iconic country group “Sugarland.”

Both songs gained attention in the country music industry gaining Grammy’s, but fans had begged Swift to sing the song as well. 

Another song from the album that is gaining popularity is ¨Nothing New” featuring Phoebe Bridgers. Listeners have not stopped talking about the lyrics that have resonated with them. Many have posted tik toks singing along with the lyrics, ¨how can a person know everything at eighteen and nothing at twenty two.¨

¨Nothing New¨ is definitely not the only song that tugged at fans’ heart strings. One of the original songs that was redone for the album was a charity single named ¨Ronan” which was dedicated to three year old Ronan, who died from neuroblastoma, while being written from the perspective of his mother Maya Thompson. 

While her album escalated on music charts due to it clinging to fans’ hearts, Starbucks decided to join in on the celebration, adding a new Lat(Tay). “I hate to admit it, but I think it was just good because it was the Taylor Latte,” Yenney said.

“Red (Taylors Version)” brought a more mature sound to her music, and is only the second of six re-recorded albums coming out, (first of which was Fearless Taylor’s Version). With fan theories flying everywhere, the most frequent prediction being her first fully pop album “1989,”future releases are expected to only grow more and more in attention. 

“She kept true to the original Taylor,” Yenney said.