Taylor’s Version and how Swift is reshaping the music industry one re-recording at a time

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This is the story about the fight for fair compensation and creative freedom. Taylor Swift recently released the re-recording of her 2008 best-selling album Fearless, in an attempt to have control over her own music, after a long and exhausting battle with former music label, Big Machine Records and entrepreneur Scooter Braun.

But, Swift is not the first one to re-record an entire album or entire songs because of a dispute with her music label, several other artists from Def Leppard to JoJo to Blondie and even Frank Sinatra have done the same thing in order to gain full control of their own recordings… and sometimes, because of plain greediness. 

Welcome to Uncovering the Cover, the podcast where we tell the stories of the songs that have captured our imagination… throughout several generations. I’m your host Diego Pinzón, and today we’re doing things a bit different. We’re going to explore re-recordings – which one could argue is a form of covering your own music -, how it has been shaping the music industry and how Taylor Swift will completely reshape how record labels treat master recordings ownership clauses in the future.

This is Uncovering the Cover, Taylor’s Version of the music industry.


Here’s a Spotify playlist with all the songs featured in this episode here

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