While 2020 is such a bad year for many people, it has been a pretty good year for Taylor Swift.
Taylor Swift released an album while in quarantine, surpassed Whitney Houston’s Billboard record, and November 2020 is going to be even bigger.
The You Belong With Me singer and her fans around the world are celebrating to mark another major milestone in the musician’s career.
As of November 1, she is finally free to re-record her old songs from her first five albums, Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now, Red, and 1989.
Swifties were too excited and got the hashtag #TaylorIsFree trending to celebrate the very special day.
In an interview with Good Morning America in August 2019, Taylor revealed that her contract allowed her to start recording some of her old tracks come November 2020.
“It’s something that I’m very excited about doing because my contract says November 2020 – so next year – I can record albums one through five all over again.”
Taylor Swift vs. Big Machine Records
After she released her sixth and final record under Big Machine Records, Reputation, released in 2017, Taylor decided not to renew her contract with the label.
She later signed with Universal Music Group and Republic Records, which gave her the freedom to own her masters for future releases.
Big Machine Records was then sold by the label head, Scott Borchetta, for $300 million to celebrity A-list manager Scooter Braun, whose clients include Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber.
This included the transfer of Taylor’s masters to Braun.
Taylor Swift also issued a lengthy statement claiming that the two men didn’t allow her to use and perform some of her own songs.
“When I left my masters in Scott’s hands, I made peace with the fact that eventually, he would sell them. Never in my worst nightmares did I imagine the buyer would be Scooter.”
The “Cardigan” hitmaker accused Braun of manipulative bullying and revealed how she was so disgusted when the manager had control of her past music.
“He knew what he was doing; they both did. Controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated with them.”
Pro-Biden Ad permission
Meanwhile, Taylor Swift is using her music for good things.
According to Rolling Stone, it is the first time she has approved her music to be used in a political advertisement.
In an interview in early October, the Lover singer also officially endorsed Biden for president.
Speaking to V Magazine, she said, “I will proudly vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in this year’s presidential election.”
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