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    Taylor Swift's 'Fearless' Re-Recordings to Only Be Eligible for Performance Awards at the Grammys

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    The re-recorded tracks in the ‘Love Story’ hitmaker’s reworked edition of her 2008 LP would not be allowed to be nominated for songwriting accolades, but her six brand new songs could be.

    Feb 16, 2021
    AceShowbiz – Taylor Swift’s re-recordings of her tracks from “Fearless” will be eligible for performance Grammy Awards.
    The “Love Story” star – who had previously revealed plans to release new versions of her early records after Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings bought the writes to her back catalogue – is set to release a reworked edition of her 2008 LP, which comes with six brand new songs.
    And the Recording Academy has stated that the re-recorded tracks will only be allowed to be nominated for performance accolades, not songwriting awards.
    A Grammy Awards spokesperson told Billboard, “Current eligibility guidelines would allow for the new performances and albums to be eligible if they were recorded within the last five years. However, none of the older songs would be eligible for songwriting awards.”

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    However, that doesn’t apply to the six new tracks, which can be nominated for songwriting prizes as well.
    The album is available for pre-order, and a hidden message in an accompanying note suggested it could drop in April 2021.

    In a lengthy statement, she added, “Artists should own their own work for so many reasons, but the most screamingly obvious one is that the artist is the only one who really *knows* that body of work.”
    “For example, only I know which songs I wrote that almost made the Fearless album. Songs I absolutely adored, but were held back for different reasons (don’t want too many breakup songs, don’t want too many down tempo songs, can’t fit that many songs on a physical CD).”

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    Taylor Swift's Re-Recorded 'Love Story' Eclipses Sales of Its Original Version

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    Released just after midnight on February 12, the newer version of the 2008 track off ‘Fearless’ has garnered an impressive 10,000 downloads in just 24 hours.

    Feb 15, 2021
    AceShowbiz – Taylor Swift’s newly re-recorded version of “Love Story” is outperforming the original.
    The reworked track was released just after midnight on Friday, February 12, and quickly eclipsed the original song’s sales with an impressive 10,000 downloads in 24 hours.
    Taylor re-recorded the song as part of her session to rejig her entire 2008 album “Fearless” in an effort to deprive the current owners of her masters of any profit after her music business nemesis, Scooter Braun, sold them in November 2020.
    What makes the downloads really impressive is Taylor only announced she was releasing the new version of “Love Story” on Thursday, February 11.

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    The original “Love Story”, which became a global hit for Swift, only sold 200 downloads on 12 February 2021. It has sold a total of 6.13 million downloads since it was first released 12 years ago.
    Taylor also plans to release a handful of outtakes and rarities on her “Fearless” re-release planned for April 2021 – the first of six albums she plans to revisit.
    Braun bought her masters from Taylor’s old record label in 2019 and sold them on in November.
    The defiant singer has always made it clear she would re-record and re-release all her old albums once she was legally entitled to do so. “I have now finished re-recording all of Fearless which will be coming out soon,” Taylor said on “Good Morning America” on February 12.
    “My version of ‘Fearless’ will have 26 songs on it,” she explained, “because I’ve decided to add songs from the vault, which are songs that almost made the ‘Fearless’ album, but I’ve now gone back and recorded those so that everyone will be able to hear not only songs that made the album but the songs that almost made it. The full picture.”

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    Taylor Swift Feels 'Great Amount of Gratitude' as She Looks Back at Her Musical Evolution

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    The ‘Willow’ singer is filled with gratitude for ‘people giving [her] the ability to grow up creatively’ as she reflects on her musical growth over the years.

    Feb 13, 2021
    AceShowbiz – Taylor Swift is “really proud” of how her music has developed over the years.
    The “Evermore” star reflected on her songs to date since she first released “Fearless”, admitting it was really special to be recording her new album at the same time she was working on re-recording her 2008 record.
    “I was allowed to start rerecording my music in November. By then we had a great deal of Evermore done. I had shot a music video for Willow, but I was still writing and I was still recording,” she explained during an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music.

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    “So there would be days where I’d be recording You Belong With Me and then I’d be recording a song like Happiness, which is on Evermore. And it made me feel really proud of sort of the scope of things.”
    And the 31-year-old singer – who is dating Joe Alwyn – feels a “great amount of gratitude” that she can re-record her teenage music again.
    “And looking back when I was a teenager and I would write about my troubles in high school and the drama and the pining away and all that stuff, that was all so valid to me at that time in my life,” she mused. “Just as much as Evermore is so valid to my happiness at this time in my life. So I’ve really felt very grateful lately for people giving me the ability to grow up creatively. And I know there have been snags and there’ve been times where people have been like, ‘I don’t like her.’ ”
    “Several times, but for the most part, I feel a great amount of gratitude that I was able to make music from the time I was a teenager to the time that I’m 31.”

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    Taylor Swift Remaking 'Fearless' and '1989' After Failing to Acquire Master Recordings

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    The ‘Evermore’ singer is gearing up for the release of ‘Fearless: Taylor’s Version’ and planning to follow it up later with an upgraded version of her fifth album ‘1989’.

    Feb 12, 2021
    AceShowbiz – Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” will be the first album to be re-recorded by the artist after six of her original master recordings were sold along with her former record label Big Machine Group.
    The singer announced, on “Good Morning America (GMA)” on Thursday (11Feb21), her sophomore album from 2008 – renamed “Fearless: Taylor’s Version”, will be the first in a series of full-album remakes she vowed to do over after failing to acquire her master recordings, which were initially bought by Scooter Braun, sparking a bitter row between the music icon and the mogul. It will include six never-before-heard tracks.
    A single, “Love Story”, will be released on Thursday at midnight, mirroring the lead single from the ’08 version of the album.
    “I have now finished re-recording all of Fearless which will be coming out soon,” Taylor said on “GMA”. “My version of Fearless will have 26 songs on it, because I’ve decided to add songs from the vault, which are songs that almost made the ‘Fearless album, but I’ve now gone back and recorded those so that everyone will be able to hear not only songs that made the album but the songs that almost made it. The full picture.”
    As well as appearing on GMA, the singer also updated fans about the new release on her social media.

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    “I’ve spoken a lot about why I’m remaking my first six albums, but the way I’ve chosen to do this will hopefully illuminate where I’m coming from,” Taylor wrote in her social media message. “Artists should own their own work for so many reasons, but the most screamingly obvious one is that the artist is the only one who really knows that body of work. For example, only I know which songs I wrote that almost made the ‘Fearless’ album. Songs I absolutely adored, but were held back for different reasons (don’t want too many breakup songs, don’t want too many down tempo songs, can’t fit that many songs on a physical CD).”
    She continued, “Those reasons seem unnecessary now. I’ve decided I want you to have the whole story, see the entire vivid picture, and let you into the entire dreamscape that is my ‘Fearless’ album. That’s why I’ve chosen to include 6 never before released songs on my version of this album, written when I was between the ages of 16 and 18. These were the ones it killed me to leave behind.”

    Although Taylor didn’t share a release date for the project, fans quickly picked up on the fact that capitalised letters in her social media message spell out an APRIL NINTH release date for the full album.
    “Fearless”, which marked the beginning of her crossover from country to pop, won the “Bad Blood” star her first Grammy Award for album of the year, a feat she later repeated with “1989” – which, she will also remake.
    The album is also the only album in her catalogue to be certified diamond by The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of more than 10 million units in the U.S.

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    Taylor Swift's 'Evermore' Returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart, Breaks Record

    The songstress earns her cumulative 51 weeks at No. 1, tying Michael Jackson as they are only preceded by The Beatles (132 weeks), Elvis Presley (67 weeks) and Garth Brooks (52 weeks).

    Jan 11, 2021
    AceShowbiz – Taylor Swift’s latest album “Evermore” doesn’t stay away from No. 1 position on Billboard 200 chart for too long. The set reclaims the leading position on the chart for a third nonconsecutive week after earning 56,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending January 7, according to MRC Data.
    Of the number, SEA units comprise 38,000 which equals to 50.43 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs. Meanwhile, album sales are 16,000 with 2,000 being in the form of TEA units. That means the “Cardigan” singer earns her cumulative 51 weeks at No. 1, tying Michael Jackson. The stars are only preceded by The Beatles (132 weeks), Elvis Presley (67 weeks) and Garth Brooks (52 weeks).
    Back to this week’s chart, Lil Durk’s “The Climb” ascends one spot from No. 3 to No. 2 in its third week on the list with 48,000 equivalent album units earned. Following it up is Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon” that climbs up from No. 4 to No. 3 with 44,000 equivalent album units. Ariana Grande’s “Positions” also rises from No. 5 to No. 4 after earning 35,000 equivalent album units.

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    Meanwhile, last week’s leader Playboi Carti’s “Whole Lotta Red” plummets from No. 1 to No. 5 with 33,000 units earned. As for Megan Thee Stallion’s “Good News”, the album shifts from No. 7 to No. 6 with just over 32,000 units earned.
    Luke Combs’ “What You See Is What You Get” also rises one rang from No. 8 to No. 7 after earning 32,000 equivalent album units. The rest of Top 10 includes Bad Bunny’s “El Ultimo Tour del Mundo”, Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” and Lil Baby’s “My Turn”. “El Ultimo Tour del Mundo” ascends from No. 9 to No. 8 with 31,000 units, while “Legends Never Die” bounces back to the Top 10 with 30,000 units. As for “My Turn”, it soars from No. 13 to No. 10 with 29,000 units earned.
    Top Ten Billboard 200:
    “Evermore” – Taylor Swift (56,000 units)
    “The Voice” – Lil Durk (48,000 units)
    “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” – Pop Smoke (44,000 units)
    “Positions” – Ariana Grande (35,000 units)
    “Whole Lotta Red” – Playboi Carti (33,000 units)
    “Good News” – Megan Thee Stallion) (just over 32,000 units)
    “What You See Is What You Get” – Luke Combs (32,000 units)
    “El Ultimo Tour del Mundo” – Bad Bunny (31,000 units)
    “Legends Never Die” – Juice WRLD (30,000 units)
    “My Turn” – Lil Baby (29,000 units)

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    Taylor Swift Puts End to Karlie Kloss Feud Speculation With Revelation About New 'Evermore' Songs

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    A number of fans have been wondering if the ‘Cardigan’ singer is throwing shade at her supermodel friend in ‘Right Where You Left Me’ and ‘It’s Time to Go’, the two bonus tracks off her deluxe album.

    Jan 9, 2021
    AceShowbiz – Taylor Swift has made sure her fans know that her new “Evermore” songs have nothing to do with Karlie Kloss. Having been speculated to throw shade at her supermodel friend in “Right Where You Left Me” and “It’s Time to Go”, the “Cardigan” singer was quick to shut down the rumors by revealing the meaning behind the tracks.
    The 31-year-old set the record straight via Instagram on Friday, January 8. “the evermore deluxe album with 2 bonus tracks ‘right where you left me’ and ‘it’s time to go’ is now available! The first is a song about a girl who stayed forever in the exact spot where her heart was broken, completely frozen in time,” she clarified. ” ‘it’s time to go’ is about listening to your gut when it tells you to leave. How you always know before you know, you know?”

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    Taylor dropped “Right Where You Left Me” and “It’s Time to Go” on Thursday, January 7. Since then, her fans on Twitter were convinced that the latter was aimed at Karlie after listening to the lyrics which read, “When the words of a sister come back in whispers/ That prove she was not, in fact, what she seemed/ Not a twin from your dreams/ She’s a crook who was caught.”
    One speculated, “Wait…did Taylor Swift diss former ‘best friend forever’ Karlie Kloss on ‘it’s time to go’ ?” Another chimed in, “taylor swift warned you that there’s nothing she does better than revenge so it really should come as no surprise how beautifully she drags both karlie, scott and scooter in the bonus tracks.” A third additionally tweeted, “i know there’s a lot going on but taylor swift released a song calling karlie kloss ‘a crook who was caught.’ ”
    While Taylor did not offer more details about her friendship with Karlie, the two have been rumored to be embroiled in a feud multiple times. Speculations first arose when the “Willow” songstress did not include the model in her music video for “Look What You Made Me Do”. She also did not attend the model’s wedding to businessman Joshua Kushner.
    Although Karlie denied the beef speculations in March 2019, the rumors refused to die down. They resurfaced in June the same year after Taylor was once again absent from the former Victoria’s Secret Angel’s second wedding celebration. Among the guests were Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom and the Grammy-winning artist’s music rival Scooter Braun.

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    Artist of the Week: Taylor Swift

    The ‘Willow’ hitmaker kicks off New Year by sitting atop Billboard music chart as her new studio album ‘Evermore’ holds the first position for the second consecutive week.

    Jan 4, 2021
    AceShowbiz – Taylor Swift is celebrating New Year at the pinnacle of Billboard music charts. Her new studio album “Evermore” ruled Hot 200 for the second week in a row. It additionally reached No. 1 in various other countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
    The new album was described a sister album to her previous set “Folklore”. She explained, “I’ve never done this before. In the past I’ve always treated albums as one-off eras and moved onto planning the next one after an album was released. There was something different with folklore. In making it, I felt less like I was departing and more like I was returning.”
    Although “Evermore” was released less than a year after “Folklore”, Taylor insisted she didn’t rush the creative process. After breaking a lot of milestones with her previous sets, she took her time as she struggled with a lot of pressures to top herself and craft particular types of songs.

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    After much contemplation, she decided to take an unusual route with her new music and threw away her “checklist.” She explained, “I thought, ‘Wait, this could be an opportunity for me to do things in a way I haven’t ever done them before. What would my work sound like if I took away all of my fear-based check listing that I have inflicted on myself?’ ”
    The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter took the risk and it paid off. Both albums entered the first positions on Hot 200, making her the third female artist to have eight chart-topping albums behind music icons Barbra Streisand (11) and Madonna (9).
    When “Evermore” debuted atop the Billboard chart, “Folklore” also gained a new steam and sat at the third place. The feat made the “Blank Space” hitmaker the first woman to simultaneously place her two albums in the top-three since the music chart was launched back in 1963.

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    Taylor Swift's 'Evermore' Maintains Reign On Billboard 200 In Its Second Week

    Following it up at No. 2 is Paul McCartney’s ‘McCartey III’, which bows at the position with 105,000 equivalent album units earned this week after being released in more than 10 vinyl variants.

    Dec 28, 2020
    AceShowbiz – Taylor Swift’s “Evermore” is spending its second week leading the Billboard 200 chart this week. The album stays at No. 1 on the chart after earning 169,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending December 24, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
    Of the number, album sales comprise just under 102,000. Meanwhile, 66,000 are in the form of SEA units with 1,000 are TEA units. The huge number is thanks to the release of the album on CD on December 18 after only being available as a digital download in its first week of release.
    Following it up at No. 2 is Paul McCartney’s “McCartey III”, which bows at the position with 105,000 equivalent album units earned. The album, which is released in more than 10 vinyl variants which combined to sell 32,000 copies, marks the musician’s 21st top 10 album on the Billboard 200.
    Meanwhile, Eminem’s former No. 1 “Music to Be Murdered By” bounced high from No. 199 to No. 3 this week. It earns 94,000 equivalent album units thanks to a deluxe edition of the set, featuring 16 bonus tracks, which was released on December 18.

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    Later, Michael Buble’s “Christmas” leads the six-pack of holiday albums in the top 10 as it occupies the No. 4 with 77,000 equivalent album units. Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas”, meanwhile, soars high from No. 10 to No. 5 with 60,000 equivalent album units with Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” jumping up from No. 8 to No. 6 with also 60,000 units.
    Carrie Underwood falls one spot to No. 7 as her album “My Gift” earns 57,000 equivalent album units. Another holiday album in the Top 10 is Pentatonix’s “The Best of Pentatonix Christmas” that climbs from No. 13 to No. 9 with 51,000 units.
    Meanwhile, Taylor’s “Folklore” descends from No. 3 to No. 8 this week with 53,000 equivalent album units earned. Lastly, Vince Guaraldi Trio’s soundtrack to “A Charlie Brown Christmas” rounds out the Top 10 with 50,000 equivalent album units.
    Top Ten Billboard 200:
    “Evermore” – Taylor Swift (169,000 units)
    “McCartey III” – Paul McCartney (105,000 units)
    “Music to Be Murdered By” – Eminem (94,000 units)
    “Christmas” – Michael Buble (77,000 units)
    “Merry Christmas” – Mariah Carey (60,000 units)
    “The Christmas Song” – Nat King Cole) (60,000 units)
    “My Gift” – Carrie Underwood (57,000 units)
    “Folklore” – Taylor Swift (53,000 units)
    “The Best of Pentatonix Christmas” – Pentatonix (51,000 units)
    “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Soundtrack – Vince Guaraldi Trio (50,000 units)

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