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1989 (Taylor's Version) is the re-recording of Taylor Swift's first studio album 1989. It is her fourth re-recorded album. It was released on October 27, 2023, through Republic Records. The re-record's release was on hold due to the "Shake It Off" lawsuit, which has since been dropped without a final verdict on December 12, 2022. The album's confirmation and release date were announced on August 9, 2023, the last date of the first leg of the United States for The Eras Tour. The album features five "From The Vault" tracks. A Target-exclusive vinyl also contains an additional bonus track, "Sweeter Than Fiction (Taylor's Version)". There are 4 deluxe CD editions of the album available with exclusive pictures from the 1989 album photoshoot. At Target, these CD variants are instead sold with posters containing the original handwritten lyrics to some of the original 1989 songs.

Background[]

As per her contract with Big Machine Records, Swift released six studio albums under the label from 2006 to 2017. In late 2018, the contract with the label expired; she hence withdrew from Big Machine and signed a new recording deal with Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group, which secured her the rights to own the masters of the new music she will release. In 2019, American businessman Scooter Braun and his company Ithaca Holdings acquired Big Machine. As part of the acquisition, ownership of the masters to Swift's first six studio albums, including 1989, transferred to Braun. In August 2019, Swift denounced Braun's purchase of the label and announced that she would re-record her first six studio albums, to own their masters herself. In November 2020, Braun sold the masters to Shamrock Holdings, an American private equity firm owned by the Disney estate, under the conditions that Braun and Ithaca Holdings will continue to financially profit from the albums. Swift began re-recording the albums in November 2020.

In March 2021, a trailer for the film Spirit Untamed came out.[1] "Wildest Dreams (Taylor's Version)" was used as the music in the trailer. On September 17, 2021, "Wildest Dreams (Taylor's Version)" became the first promotional single from the album, confirming that Swift had been in the process of re-recording 1989.[2]

The second promotional single, "This Love (Taylor's Version)", was released on May 6, 2022, and featured in the Amazon Prime original series The Summer I Turned Pretty. A merchandise collection was released on May 5, 2022, along with the announcement of "This Love (Taylor's Version)".[3]

The re-recording of "Bad Blood", was featured in the movie DC League of Super-Pets, which released in July 2022, though Swift didn't release the song on streaming when the film premiered.

The re-recording of "Out of the Woods" was featured in the trailer for the movie Migration.

It is believed that the long awaiting for the album's release was caused by Swift being sued since 2017 by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, who claimed she took lyrics from their 2001 song "Playas Gon' Play" by 3LW. The basis of their suit is that "Playas Gon' Play," like "Shake It Off" includes versions of the phrases "haters gonna hate" and "players gonna play."

Later, in her newly filed declaration, Swift stated she never heard "Playas Gon' Play" before the suit was filed and that the similarities between her song and "Playas Gon Play" only exist because phrases like "haters gonna hate" are ubiquitous across culture.[4] It was later announced that the trial's date was moved to January 17, 2023. However, on December 12, 2022, it was announced that both sides agreed to drop the lawsuit, without a verdict.

A small hint about the re-recording appeared on the music video of "Bejeweled", where Taylor goes from the third floor (colored purple) to the fifth floor (colored light blue). This was implying that the album could come after the re-record of Speak Now.

Another hint that this album would be the next re-record came in the official music video for "I Can See You", which ends with the main characters crossing a bridge with a sign reading "1'-9' 8.9tv."

On August 9, at her final show at The Eras Tour for the first North American leg, Taylor announced during the acoustic set that the album would be released on October 27, 2023. August 9, 2023 was exactly 8 years, 9 months, and 13 days after the original release of 1989, and the date written in numerical format is 8/9, both referencing the album's title.

Singles[]

Promotional singles[]

From The Vault[]

The first vault video for 1989 (Taylor's Version) was released on September 19, 2023. It featured two quotation marks, and the letters L, U, S, T, and an exclamation mark, leading fans to believe that the track would be titled "Lust!" or "Slut!". After this, a Google search puzzle game was released, where starting on the search "Taylor Swift", fans could search for 89 puzzles to work towards a global total of 33 million puzzles solved to unlock the full vault. Swifties were able to solve the vault within only a day. The vault tracks were later confirmed by the vault opening and Swift's Instagram post.

On September 20, 2023, Taylor Nation announced four of the five "From The Vault" track titles, and these were:

Though the fifth one was posted in her socials, the last one was confirmed as "Slut!".

Answers[]

Hint Answer
A game of cat and mouse Love
AKA Christmas in September Chai sugar cookies
All You Had To Do Was Stay But not like this
All You Had To Do Was Stay The palm of your hand
All You Had To Do Was Stay They paid the price
All You Had To Do Was Stay You were all I wanted
And somehow that was everything But she found herself
Announce Los Angeles
Bad Blood Now we got problems
Bad Blood She wasn't doing anything
Birth date December thirteenth
Birth day Wednesday
Blank Space And I'll write your name
Blank Space Crossword puzzle
Blank Space Darling I'm a nightmare
Blank Space Incredible things
Blank Space Magic madness heaven sin
Blank Space Nice to meet you
Blank Space Pen click
Blank Space[5] She's like oh my god
Blank Space So hey let's be friends
Blank Space So it's gonna be forever
Blue sweatshirt Seagulls
Caption Got a haircut
Clean I could finally breathe
Clean Think I am finally clean
Clean What you are is brave
Coffee Long list of ex lovers
Deepest fear Sea Urchins
Excitedly mingling Secret sessions
First stop Tokyo
Halloween costume Pegacorn
How You Get The Girl Of kisses on cheeks
I Know Places And everyone was watching
I Know Places And we run
I know Places Loose lips sink ships
I love you Swifties
I was born in Nineteen Eighty-nine
I Wish You Would Elevator buttons
I Wish You Would Everything and nothing
Impossible to reason with Sheep
Karma music video MCMLXXXIX
Last stop Melbourne
Likes, job, whereabouts were studied intently Taylurking
Look at it!!! Yes whale
Loudest city New York City
Lucky Thirteen
Makes you clean Rainstorms
New Romantics Come along with me
Number of instant films Sixty five
Out of the Woods It all seems so simple
Out of the Woods Like we stood a chance
Out of the Woods Two paper airplanes flying
Out of the Woods You were looking at me
Out Of The Woods intro She lost him
Reclaimed Taylor's Version
Release October Twenty-seventh
Shake It Off Can't stop won't stop moving
Shake It Off I'm just gonna shake
Shake It Off She danced to forget him
Smashing Golf club
Style Never go out of style
Style Red lip classic
Style With some other girl
Sun sign Sagittarius
They never go out of style Sunglasses
This Love In silent screams
This Love Timing is a funny thing
This Love To what you need
This Love (Taylor's Version) The Summer I Turned Pretty
Tour My name is Taylor Swift
Track 6 Floor eighteen
Welcome To New York But they never blind me
Welcome To New York It's a new soundtrack
Welcome To New York It's been waiting for you
Wildest Dreams Burning it down
Wildest Dreams He does it so well
Wildest Dreams (Taylor's Version) 😉 Glitch
Wonderland We both went mad
World tour live Sydney
You Are In Love You're my best friend
🎅🏻 Swiftmas
*no hint* Aquamarine green
*no hint* Crystal skies blue
*no hint* Fifth album
*no hint* From the vault
*no hint* Rose garden pink
*no hint* Pop record
*no hint* Sunrise boulevard yellow

Track listing[]

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Welcome To New York"Taylor Swift • Ryan TedderSwift • Tedder • Noel Zancanella3:32
2."Blank Space"Swift • Max Martin • ShellbackSwift • Christopher Rowe3:51
3."Style"Swift • Martin • Shellback • Ali PayamiSwift • Rowe3:51
4."Out Of The Woods"Swift • Jack AntonoffSwift • Antonoff3:55
5."All You Had To Do Was Stay"Swift • MartinSwift • Rowe3:13
6."Shake It Off"Swift • Martin • ShellbackSwift • Rowe3:39
7."I Wish You Would"Swift • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff3:27
8."Bad Blood"Swift • Martin • ShellbackSwift • Rowe3:31
9."Wildest Dreams"Swift • Martin • ShellbackSwift • Rowe • Shellback3:47
10."How You Get The Girl"Swift • Martin • ShellbackSwift • Rowe4:07
11."This Love"SwiftSwift • Rowe4:10
12."I Know Places"Swift • TedderSwift • Tedder • Zancanella3:15
13."Clean"Swift • Imogen HeapSwift • Heap4:31
14."Wonderland"Swift • Martin • ShellbackSwift • Rowe4:05
15."You Are In Love"Swift • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff4:27
16."New Romantics"Swift • Martin • ShellbackSwift • Rowe3:50
17."Slut!"Swift • Antonoff • Patrik BergerSwift • Antonoff • Berger3:00
18."Say Don't Go"Swift • Diane WarrenSwift • Antonoff4:39
19."Now That We Don't Talk"Swift • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff2:26
20."Suburban Legends"Swift • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff2:51
21."Is It Over Now?"Swift • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff3:49
Total length:1:17:56
Tangerine Edition (bonus track)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
22."Sweeter Than Fiction"Swift • AntonoffSwift • Antonoff3:54
Total length:1:21:50
Deluxe edition (bonus track)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
22."Bad Blood" (featuring Kendrick Lamar)Swift • Lamar • Martin • ShellbackSwift • Rowe3:20
Total length:1:21:16
Deluxe+ edition (bonus track)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
23."Slut!" (acoustic version)Swift • Antonoff • BergerSwift • Antonoff • Berger3:00
Total length:1:24:16

Notes[]

  • All tracks are subtitled "(Taylor's Version)".
  • "Slut!" is stylized in quotation marks.
  • Tracks 17-21 are additionally subtitled "(From The Vault)".

Spotify streams[]

Standard edition
No. Song Streams
1. Welcome To New York (Taylor's Version) 118,814,553
2. Blank Space (Taylor's Version) 193,365,639
3. Style (Taylor's Version) 227,251,901
4. Out Of The Woods (Taylor's Version) 139,522,138
5. All You Had To Do Was Stay (Taylor's Version) 101,066,488
6. Shake It Off (Taylor's Version) 127,577,546
7. I Wish You Would (Taylor's Version) 89,159,461
8. Bad Blood (Taylor's Version) 92,381,170
9. Wildest Dreams (Taylor's Version) 749,919,245
10. How You Get The Girl (Taylor's Version) 75,265,342
11. This Love (Taylor's Version) 256,134,265
12. I Know Places (Taylor's Version) 76,027,255
13. Clean (Taylor's Version) 101,206,769
14. Wonderland (Taylor's Version) 75,649,132
15. You Are In Love (Taylor's Version) 80,541,371
16. New Romantics (Taylor's Version) 128,678,517
17. "Slut!" (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault) 277,253,585
18. Say Don't Go (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault) 184,162,887
19. Now That We Don't Talk (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault) 281,014,800
20. Suburban Legends (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault) 109,006,340
21. Is It Over Now? (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault) 420,727,974
Deluxe edition
No. Song Streams
22. Bad Blood (feat. Kendrick Lamar) 73,361,009
* Total streams 3,978,087,387

Booklet[]

Physical booklet (Crystal Skies Blue edition)[]

Promotional photos[]

Photoshoot[]

Main article: 1989 (Taylor's Version) photoshoot

Physical copies[]

Trivia[]

The video that was used as an Easter egg on Swift's website minutes before the announcement

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A preview of the 1989 (Taylor's Version) theme on Messenger in light mode

  • The cover of 1989 (Taylor's Version) is Swift's first album cover where she smiles.
  • Thirty minutes before the announcement, Swift's website looped a video of seagulls flying through a blue sky as an Easter egg to 1989 (Taylor's Version).
  • 1989 (Taylor's Version) was announced on August 9, 2023, which is 8 years, 9 months, and 13 days (Swift's favorite number) after the original album was released, on October 27, 2014. Additionally, the date August 9 can be written as 8/9, which is a reference to the album title.
  • This is the first re-recorded album to not have any new collaborations.
  • This is the first re-recorded album to have a Target-exclusive bonus track.
  • The re-recordings of "Bad Blood", "Out Of The Woods", "Sweeter Than Fiction" and "Blank Space" were teased before release while "Wildest Dreams (Taylor's Version)" and "This Love (Taylor's Version)" were released as promotional singles.
  • The longest song on the album is "Say Don't Go" at 4:39, and the shortest is "Now That We Don't Talk" at 2:26.
  • 1989 (Taylor's Version) earned 176 million first day streams on the global Spotify chart, the biggest album debut of 2023 and the second biggest of all-time, behind only of her own Midnights.
  • Following the record of Midnights occupying first to tenth positions on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Swift once again occupies eighth place on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for this re-recorded album.
  • Messenger and Instagram created a 1989 (Taylor's Version) chat theme to celebrate the album.
  • TikTok made a 1989 (Taylor's Version) inspired profile picture frame that can be claimed after uploading a video with a #1989TaylorsVersion hashtag.

References[]

1989
"Welcome To New York" • "Blank Space" • "Style" • "Out Of The Woods" • "All You Had To Do Was Stay" • "Shake It Off" • "I Wish You Would" • "Bad Blood" • "Wildest Dreams" • "How You Get The Girl" • "This Love" • "I Know Places" • "Clean"
Deluxe Edition
"Wonderland" • "You Are In Love" • "New Romantics" • "I Know Places - Voice Memo" • "I Wish You Would - Voice Memo" • "Blank Space - Voice Memo"
Taylor's Version
"Slut!" • "Say Don't Go" • "Now That We Don't Talk" • "Suburban Legends" • "Is It Over Now?"
Taylor's Version Deluxe Edition
"Bad Blood" (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Taylor's Version Deluxe+ Edition
"Slut!" (acoustic version)
Tangerine Edition
"Sweeter Than Fiction"
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