Earlier this year Taylor Swift broke music industry boundaries by re-recording her sophomore album, Fearless. The original record won the 2010 Grammy for Album of the Year and sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. However, after a dispute regarding ownership of the original recordings of the album’s songs, Taylor re-recorded it from the ground up, titling it Fearless (Taylor’s Version). Now, it looks like yet another remake could be on the cards for her.
Taylor’s fifth album, 1989, was released on October 27, 2014. The record was a runaway hit, spending 11 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 chart and earning nine platinum certifications.
1989 is one of the best-selling records of the 21st century, moving more than 10 million records around the world.
So then, it would make sense for Taylor to revisit one of her biggest albums now she is re-recording them. Fans seem to think the wily star has already laid some clues in her recently announced merchandise line-up.
The new line – which includes cups, bags, shirts and scrunchies – has the words: “Est 1989” on them.
Although this hint seems to be a bit obvious, Taylor fans began pointing out other clues.
The new merchandise line is called “Just A Summer Thing”.
This phrase is from one of Taylor’s newest songs, Betty. The line that follows is: “I’m only 17, I don’t know anything.”
The fandom has deduced that the number 17 could be referring to June 17, which is a Thursday.
Another fan said: “Omg it says 1989 on it and the release date for all the merch is August 6th, could that be when 1989 (Taylor’s Version) is being released!? #TaylorSwift #TaylorsVersion #1989TaylorsVersion #1989TaylorsVersionISCOMING.” (sic)
It would certainly make sense for Taylor to release an updated version of 1989, considering how popular it was.
The record included such songs as Blank Space, which went 8x platinum globally.
1989 also boasted Shake It Off, which went 13x platinum and numerous Grammy nominations.
On top of this, the release of Fearless (Taylor’s Version) was a runaway success.
Upon its release on April 9, 2021 the re-recorded album hit the top of the Billboard 200 chart – becoming the first-ever re-recorded album to do so.
Reflecting on the album at the time, Taylor said: “Fearless was an album full of magic and curiosity, the bliss and devastation of youth.
“It was the diary of the adventures and explorations [of] a teenage girl who was learning tiny lessons with every new crack in the facade of the fairytale ending she’d been shown in the movies.”