While Taylor Swift was a bit shy about reciting lyrics to her seventh album, Lover, during a sit down with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America on Thursday morning (Aug. 22), there was one thing she wasn’t reticent to divulge.
“Quoting them like a poet, I don’t know. I think that would be a little…one thing about this album that’s really special to me is that it’s the first one that I will own of my work,” Swift told Roberts, a reference to the fact that she will have control of the masters of Lover, which will drop on Friday (Aug. 23).
Swift’s declaration about owning her seventh album masters drew a massive cheer from the Central Park audience, many of whom had been waiting for hours, some for days, to see their pop queen — who helped them out the previous night by sending down some pizzas as they waited. “Which is a concept that they’re very supportive of,” Swift smiled of the Swifties’ embrace of her ownership of Lover.
When Roberts asked about whether the reports that Swift plans to re-record her first six albums were accurate, Swift said, “Yeah, that’s true and it’s something that I’m very excited about doing because my contract says that starting Nov. 2020, so next year, I can record albums 1-5 all over again. I’m very excited about it. Because I think that artists deserve to own their work. I feel very passionate about that… it’s next year. It’s right around the corner. I’m gonna be busy. I’m really excited.”
Previously, in a preview of an upcoming CBS Sunday Morning episode, host Tracy Smith asked Swift if she has a “plan” to create new masters of her classic songs to regain control of the music on her early albums. “Yeah, absolutely,” the singer replied.
Swift’s recordings became a point of contention earlier this summer, when manager Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings acquired Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group in a deal reportedly worth $300 million. In a now-famous Tumblr post, Swift called the deal — which gives Braun control over her first six albums — her “worst-case scenario,” accusing Braun of bullying her in the past through clients like Kanye West and Justin Bieber.
Watch Swift’s GMA interview below.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 22, 2019