Taylor Swift’s Red era is about to “begin again.” The pop superstar revealed on Thursday (Sept. 30) that she’ll be dropping the re-recorded version of her 2012 album a week sooner than her devoted Swifties originally expected.
“Got some news that I think you’re gonna like – My version of Red will be out a week earlier than scheduled (including the 4 disc vinyl) on November 12th !” she wrote on Twitter. “Can’t wait to celebrate the 13th with you and our new/old autumn heartbreak album.”
In June, the 31-year-old announced Red (Taylor’s Version) will be the second re-recorded album from her series of six, following Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in April, which ended up returning to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 13 years after its initial release in 2008. Now, Red (Taylor’s Version) will be released on Nov. 12 instead of Nov. 19 via Republic Records.
The re-recorded 30-track version of Red will feature nine bonus tracks, including collaborations with Phoebe Bridgers, Ed Sheeran and Chris Stapleton. Swift additionally shared that the album will be coming in vinyl in her first-ever TikTok post.
Released in October 2012, her fourth studio album Red included Swift’s first career Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” as well as hits such as “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “22” and “Everything Has Changed” with Ed Sheeran. The album peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 the year of its release and remained on the chart for a whopping 171 weeks.
“Musically and lyrically, Red resembled a heartbroken person,” Swift wrote in her first announcement regarding Red (Taylor’s Version). “It was all over the place, a fractured mosaic of feelings that somehow all fit together in the end. Happy, free, confused, lonely, devastated, euphoric, wild, and tortured by memories past. Like trying on pieces of a new life, I went into the studio and experimented with different sounds and collaborators. And I’m not sure if it was pouring my thoughts into this album, hearing thousands of your voices sing the lyrics back to me in passionate solidarity, or if it was simply time, but something was healed along the way.”
See Swift’s surprise announcement below.
Got some news that I think you’re gonna like – My version of Red will be out a week earlier than scheduled (including the 4 disc vinyl) on November 12th ! Can’t wait to celebrate the 13th with you and our new/old autumn heartbreak album https://t.co/FVp6xizaOG
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) September 30, 2021