Taylor Swift to Begin Releasing Rerecorded Music, Starting with “Love Story” at Midnight

Taylor Swift has been busy rerecording her first five albums and plans to drop the rerecorded version of her hit song, “Love Story,” at midnight eastern time tonight, according to CNBC. Its accompanying album Fearless will follow on April 9. She made the announcement this morning on Instagram and on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Swift said on Instagram that this version, appropriately titled Fearless (Taylor’s Version) has 26 songs including six “songs from the vault” that have never been released before.

“I’ve spoken a lot about why I’m remaking my first six albums, but the way I’ve chosen to do this will hopefully illuminate where I’m coming from. Artists should own their own work for so many reasons, but the most screamingly obvious one is that the artist is the only one who really knows that body of work. For example, only I know which songs I wrote that almost made the ‘Fearless’ album. Songs I absolutely adored, but were held back for different reasons (don’t want too many breakup songs, don’t want too many down tempo songs, can’t fit that many songs on a physical CD).

Those reasons seem unnecessary now. I’ve decided I want you to have the whole story, see the entire vivid picture, and let you into the entire dreamscape that is my ‘Fearless’ album,” Swift said on Instagram.

Those six songs were written when she was between the ages of 16 and 18, according to the post. The official website for the 10-time Grammy winner has already begun offering pre-orders of Fearless.

Fearless was first released in 2008. It marked her first Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Fans heard a segment of her re-recorded “Love Story” last December when part of it was used in a commercial featuring Ryan Reynolds for the dating site, Match.

After news broke that Swift’s older songs were sold for $300 million nearly two years ago, she was furious. In response she told fans she had decided to re-record the songs and release them herself. Now, the wait is soon over, and in true Swift fashion she’s making the announcements just as exciting as the releases themselves.