Billboard Explains: Why Taylor Swift Is Re-Recording Her First Six Albums

In 2019, Taylor Swift announced her plans to re-record her first six studio albums -- the full-lengths that made her a blockbuster-selling, stadium-packing superstar. This week, Swift will begin rolling out those re-recorded albums beginning with Fearless (Taylor’s Version), a new take on her 2008 sophomore LP.

So why is Swift re-recording these albums? And what does she stand to gain by doing so?

On the latest episode of Billboard Explains, dive inside the events that caused Swift to reach this decision, and understand how re-recording Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now, Red, 1989 and Reputation will help Swift regain creative control of her first six full-lengths. The move isn’t unprecedented -- and, as Billboard’s experts explain, it’s far from just a monetary decision.