Taylor Swift isn’t the first artist to re-record her hit songs, but if all goes to plan, she will definitely be taking it to a whole new level.
Last week, the singer/songwriter released “Taylor’s Version” of her 2008 Billboard Hot 100 top five hit “Love Story” as the lead song from her re-recorded Fearless album, coming April 9. It’s all part of her ambitious plan to re-record every album from her Big Machine label days in an effort to wrest back control of her songs after her master recordings were sold to Scooter Braun.
But in addition to the 19 songs from the original deluxe edition of Fearless, her April release will also include “Today Was a Fairytale” from the Valentine’s Day soundtrack and six new tracks. On this week’s Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, we take a look back at the history of pop stars re-recording their music, whether it was Prince’s new version of “1999” or Def Leppard reclaiming their biggest hits. But no one has ever taken it quite to the lengths that Swift has in store.
Also on the show, we’ve got chart news about Cardi B’s new single “Up” debuting on the Billboard Hot 100, how The Weeknd’s greatest-hits album The Highlights arrives on the Billboard 200, and why One Direction’s “Up All Night” returns to the Billboard 200 after five years.
The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is your one-stop shop for all things pop on Billboard‘s weekly charts. You can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard‘s deputy editor, digital, Katie Atkinson and senior director of Billboard charts Keith Caulfield every week on the podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast provider. (Click here to listen to the previous edition of the show on Billboard.com.)