Taylor’s Version


Emily Fell, Staff Writer

In 2004, Taylor Swift became the youngest singer to sign a publishing deal with ATV/Sony. In 2006, she signed with Big Machine Records. While with Big Machine Records, she published her first song, “Tim McGraw”, which was on top 40 hits.

Swift has now left Big Machine Records for Republic Records and Universal Music Group. After leaving her old producers, her songs were sold to Ithaca Holdings LLC, which is owned by music manager, Scooter Braun. Braun is also the manager of Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and many other A-list celebrities and singers. Swift didn’t give Big Machine consent to sell her songs. However, she tried to negotiate with Big Machine to gain ownership over her 5 albums, but was turned down. Taylor said she would be re-recording ‘Taylor Swift’ (2006), ‘Fearless’ (2008), ‘Speak Now’ (2010), ‘Red’ (2012), and ‘1989’ (2014). The first album she owned by herself was ‘Lover’ (2019). 

“I think that artists deserve to own their work. I feel very passionate about that,” Swift said in an article by Good Morning America.

Currently, Taylor owns Lover, Folklore, Evermore, and Fearless, but still has to re-record 5 albums. How would Taylor’s recordings be different? Most of the songs were from when she was 15-16 years old, so her voice has changed in the past couple years. She has also dropped her faux-Southern accent. 

Taylor is clearly a very determined and passionate artist. She loves her career and making music. She has inspired many people to do great things. “Everybody has that point in their life where you hit a crossroads and you’ve had a bunch of bad days and there’s different ways you can deal with it and the way I dealt with it was I just turned completely to music.” (Taylor Swift). Taylor deserves to own her own songs, so make sure your listening to Taylors version.