Taylor Swift Takes the Power Back


To regain control of the songs she wrote more than a decade ago, superstar Taylor Swift has released a re-recorded version of her album, “Fearless.”

Originally released when Swift was 18, the album, her second studio release, was initially released put out under the ownership of her producer. Wanting ownership of her songs, she re-recorded the album on April 9, and included a few changes.

Scooter Braun, Swift’s former manager and owner of the original “Fearless” album, managed popular artists such as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Kanye West. In a Tumblr post explaining that Braun had ownership of her songs, she wrote: “This is my worst case scenario.”

Swift was hurt and felt she had been stripped of her life’s work.

“All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years,” she wrote.

According to USA today, Swift has plans to re-record all six of her first albums in an effort to regain control of her own work. A comparison of the two “Fearless” albums, from 2008 to 2021, show dramatic change in the maturity of Swift’s voice.

Abby Muscato, a freshman from Virginia, was nervous for the album, and feared she would dislike it.

“Before the album came out I was very worried that it was going to be way too different and I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as the first one, seeing how my love for Taylor Swift started with the ‘Fearless’ album,” she said. “But, it is everything that I imagined.”

Natalie Stott, a junior at Williston, and a fan since day one, thinks what Scooter Braun did is awful, but has come to terms with the incident, because now Swifties like her get more albums.

“I really don’t like Scooter Braun cause I think he’s a jerk, actually Scott Borchetta is like the guy who sold them to Scooter Braun and I don’t really like either of them,” Natalie said. “She tried to get them back but he wouldn’t give them to her, but at least the fans get new albums out of it,” she said.

Azhara Ewen, a 9th grader from New York, said she is not a fan of Taylor Swift, but still thinks that what happened to her is unfair.

“I think that the music industry is definitely toxic, and people, specifically young teens and especially women, can be taken advantage of and their skills can be used against them,” she said.

Caroline Aufiero, a 9th grader and self-proclaimed Taylor Swift “super fan,” is glad Swift is bringing her old music back to life. She is not a huge fan of her recent releases, like last year’s “folklore” and “evermore,” and this was big news for her.