The post-breakup album Red was released on October 22, 2012. While feeling “Happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time,” allegedly due to a breakup with 30-year-old Jake Gyllenhaal (Swift was 21 at the time of the breakup), and with Swift starting her transition from Country to Pop artist, the album is a wild ride from start to finish.
Swift is re-recording her first six albums due to her ex-record label and manager Scott Borchetta selling her work to Scooter Braun. Swift had explained multiple times to Borchetta that she did not want her records to be sold to Braun, as she considered Braun to be an “incessant, manipulative bully.” Borchetta then sold his record label “Big Machine Records” to Braun for $300 million. This was especially shady since Swift was the first person to sign to Big Machine in 2005, and was the reason for their great success as a label. Red is the second album to be donned under the label of “(Taylor’s Version)” right after Fearless (originally released in 2008, and re-released in early 2021). On November 12, 2021, Red (Taylor’s Version) was released, along with “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version) (Ten Minute Version) (From The Vault) (Short Film)” released on the thirteenth, and “I Bet You Think About Me (feat. Chris Stapleton) (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault) (Official Music Video),” released on the fifteenth. These two are Taylor’s first new music videos from her re-released albums. Swift also included nine “vault” tracks on Red (Taylor’s Version), or songs that she wrote during for the original Red album, but did not make the cut. The most significant difference between the original tracks on Red vs. Red (Taylor’s Version) is the extremely different music and production on “Girl at Home.” The original version opts for a more acoustic, country-ish feel, while Taylor’s Version sports a much more dance-pop production.
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