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Taylor Swift is Fearless

By Shelley Dean, Staff Writer

The time has finally come for Swifties, “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” has dropped, featuring 27 tracks. Many songs were on the original “Fearless” album, and others are never before heard and “from the vault.”

On Feb. 11, Taylor Swift announced on her Instagram that she would be undertaking this project, leaving fans anticipating the April 9 premiere date. It wasn’t until week that she told her fans what tracks would be on the album.

Swift is re-recording her old songs in order to reclaim the rights to her own music. Currently, her old manager is making the money from the streams Swift’s music gets. After re-recording, Swift will be the primary owner of her own lyrics and melodies, after over 10 years.

Students are listening to the album on repeat and feeling the nostalgia they’ve been gearing up for since the Feb. 11 announcement. 

“It’s beautiful, I’ve been obsessed with all the little differences between the old and new versions. Her voice sounds so much more mature now,” junior musical theatre major Ellie Lauthner said.

Lauthner has been a longtime fan of swift and has kept up with her music and news. She was excited when Swift posted the song list a week ago.

“I was super excited, It was cool to see all of the new songs, it was cool to see all the artists she [is] collaborating with,” Lauthner said.

Swift is collaborating with artists such as Colbie Caillat, and Keith Urban.

“I am really excited to listen to change, and breathe, she’s collaborating with Colbie Calliet again, and I’m excited to hear how both of their voices sound together now that they’re older,” Lauthner said.

Lauthner loves Swift’s music and even sang “The Way I Loved You” for one of her midterms in her musical theatre class recently.

“The setlist made it more real, and the new album cover too, it makes me nostalgic more than anything,” Lauthner said.

Swift recreated her album from the original “Fearless” album with her own personal 2021 style.

Swift’s music captures the hearts and ears of others, even those who aren’t superfans.

“Her songs just got so catchy that I eventually ended up liking them,” sophomore forensic science major Tyran Williams said.

Williams never set aside time to listen to Swift growing up, and no one in his family did either, but sometimes her music played at his school.

“I’m all for artists being independent,” William said.

Williams learned about the struggles Swift has been facing and immediately took her side. He acknowledges that the music industry can be evil and can take advantage of younger artists.

“I’ll be more inclined to listen to the re-releases rather than the new songs,” Williams said. 

Like many, Williams will be listening to “Fearless (Taylor’s Version).” In just the first 24 hours of the album’s release, Swift surpassed 500,000 worldwide sales.

In an Instagram post with over three million likes, Swift posted a picture of herself with the caption, “It was the night things changed. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is out now.”

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