Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
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When Taylor Swift's back catalogue was bought in June 2019 by Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings, the superstar almost immediately announced she would re-record her first five albums in an attempt to regain control of her music.

"I think that artists deserve to own their work," she said. "I feel very passionate about that."

According to the terms of her recording contract, she was allowed to start re-making those records last November.

We heard a snippet of her UK breakthrough single Love Story in December - and now the star says she's finished work on the album it came from, Fearless.

Originally released in 2008, it won album of the year at the Grammys, the Country Music Association Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards.

It's also her only record to be certified diamond in the US, representing 10 million sales.

But rather than making a simple facsimile of the original, Swift has decided to go back and add extra songs "from the vault" to the new version.

Coded message

"My version of Fearless will have 26 songs on it because I've decided to add songs... that almost made the original album," she said on ABC's Good Morning America programme.

"So everyone will be able to hear not only the songs that made the album but the songs that almost made it. The full picture."

The star said the full version of Love Story would be released at midnight on Friday, 12 February - exactly 12 years and five months after the original.

She didn't announce the release date for the album - but hinted it would arrive in April in a coded message on her social media accounts.

The 31-year-old posted a long essay about the record, written entirely in lower case except for the letters APRIL NINTH.

Swift described the album as "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."

Story by BBC