Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)


Rebekah Gillespie

Taylor Swift has announced her rerelease of Speak Now. It is going to be available on July 7th, 2023. Fans are now waiting in anticipation for the album’s release.
Taylor Swift first announced to the world that she would be rerecording her old music in 2019. Taylor Swift used to be signed to Big Machine Record until 2018. They had ownership over the original recordings of her albums Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now, Red, 1989, and Reputation. However, she soon switched to Republic Records after her contract with Big Machine Record expired. With this switch, she had full ownership of any music produced with them. But with this switch, Big Machine sold Swift’s old music to Ithaca Holdings, a private-equity group owned by Scooter Braun, who famously does not get along with Swift.
Swift’s rerecordings allow any profits made through streams or buying the album will go to her directly, and not Braun. Currently Swift has already rerecorded Fearless and most recently, Red. All of her rerecordings have (Taylor’s Version) following the title, as well as “vault” tracks, songs that were written with the album but were never released until now. Many doubted her rerecordings would do well, but both her Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version) debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
When asked about her latest announcement, Ellie Coursen had this to say, “I’m so freaking excited. I love Taylor Swift. Speak Now isn’t my favorite album but I need “Dear John” and “Back to December (Taylor’s Version”) in my life.”