We got tired of waiting, wondering if Taylor Swift‘s re-recorded songs were ever coming around. Our faith in her was fading — until Friday (Feb. 12).
After announcing in 2019 that she plans to re-record her first six albums — following the acquisition of her master recordings by Scooter Braun — Swift unveiled “Love Story (Taylor’s Version),” fittingly just days before Valentine’s Day.
She first teased the new edition of the 2008 Fearless cut in December, with a snippet featured in an ad for dating site Match.com written by Ryan Reynolds.
Upon announcing “Love Story” on Thursday’s Good Morning America, Swift also revealed that she has re-recorded Fearless as Fearless (Taylor’s Version), featuring “6 never-before-released songs from the vault.”
I’m thrilled to tell you that my new version of Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is done and will be with you soon. It has 26 songs including 6 never before released songs from the vault. Love Story (Taylor’s Version) will be out tonight. Pre-order now at https://t.co/NqBDS6cGFl 💛💛 pic.twitter.com/Vjyy2gA72O
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 11, 2021
While she did not officially announce the release date of the re-recorded version of Fearless, strange capitalizations in her note spell out “April 9th”; Billboard has confirmed with Swift’s rep that April 9 is the release date for the re-recorded album.
“When I think back on the Fearless album and all that you turned it into, a completely involuntary smile creeps across my face,” Swift wrote in a note to fans. “This was the musical era in which so many inside jokes were created between us, so many hugs exchanged and hands touched, so many unbreakable bonds formed. So before I say anything else, let me just say that it was a real honor to get to be a teenager alongside you.”
Listen to “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” below.