Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
This marks the fourth re-recorded album that Taylor Swift has released as part of her efforts to regain control of her music catalog.
Taylor Swift’s enduring popularity remains undeniable. Her reimagined edition of the 2014 album, “1989 (Taylor’s Version),” has ascended to the coveted No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 albums chart. At the age of 33, Swift has achieved her most substantial album debut to date.
Released on October 27, this album stands as her 13th No. 1 on the Billboard chart. The remarkable sales figures from the first week alone, totaling 1.6 million units in the U.S. and exceeding 3.5 million units globally, shatter her own previous record set with the original version of the album in 2014, which achieved 1.287 million sales.
In addition, “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” also secures the distinction of being the most significant album debut in terms of unit sales since Adele’s “25” in 2015, according to Billboard. Swift’s re-recorded work ranks as the sixth-largest sales week for an album since 1991, trailing only Adele, *NSYNC, Eminem, and the Backstreet Boys.
Upon releasing the re-recorded album last week, Taylor Swift took to Instagram to express her heartfelt sentiments, stating, “I was born in 1989, reinvented for the first time in 2014, and a part of me was reclaimed in 2023 with the re-release of this album I love so dearly. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the magic you would sprinkle on my life for so long.”
The “Anti-Hero” singer went on to reflect, “This moment is a reflection of the woods we’ve wandered through and all this love between us still glowing in the darkest dark. I present to you, with gratitude and wild wonder, my version of 1989. It’s been waiting for you. Taylor.”
“1989 (Taylor’s Version)” represents the fourth re-recording in Taylor Swift’s portfolio, arriving several months after she released “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” in July and following the 2021 reissues of “Fearless” and “Red.”
In the deluxe edition of the album, Taylor Swift reunites with rapper Kendrick Lamar on the track “Bad Blood.” Swift shared her thoughts on Kendrick re-recording his verse, describing the experience as “surreal and bewildering.”
She took to Instagram to express her admiration, saying, “Watching @kendricklamar create and record his verses on the Bad Blood remix was one of the most inspiring experiences of my life.” She accompanied her message with a throwback photo of herself with Lamar, presumably taken during their initial collaboration. Swift also expressed her deep pride and gratitude for Kendrick’s contribution, both in how he elevated the song and his treatment of those around him.
Taylor Swift revealed the re-recorded album during the final Los Angeles performance of The Eras Tour in August. She shared the album’s cover art and release date with the audience through a large screen display before treating her fans to a live rendition of the beloved track “New Romantics” as one of her surprise song selections.
Subsequently, Taylor Swift took to Instagram to provide further insights, expressing, “To be perfectly honest, this is my most beloved re-record that I’ve ever undertaken because the 5 ‘From the Vault’ tracks are incredibly remarkable. I can’t fathom how they were ever overlooked. But not for long!”
She went on to emphasize the profound impact of the “1989” album on her life, saying, “The 1989 album changed my life in countless ways.”