Red Re-Release: Taylor Swift Stickin’ it to the Man

Gracie Kenney, Prospect Staff Writer

All true Taylor Swift fans are waiting in anticipation for the album Red’s re-release. This re-release is a testament to the strength of Taylor Swift, the only female artist to win the Album of the Year Grammy three times for Fearless in 2009, 1989 in 2015, and Folklore in 2020. She re-released Fearless(Taylor’s Version) in April 2021 and is re-releasing Red on November 12th, this Friday. She is re-recording to have the rights to the first six albums she released that are owned by Scooter Braun. Braun is the manager of Justin Bieber, but has been the manager of Ariana Grande and Kanye West. Braun had bought these albums from Big Machine, the record company that Swift had signed with early on in her singing career. Swift has said that Scooter Braun is trying to ruin her music career.

When Swift had first learned that Braun had possession of the rights of her albums, she said “All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years.” These albums were suddenly owned by Scooter Braun, Kanye West’s manager when he released Famous, a song that objectified and harassed Taylor Swift. She also states that she had no chance to buy her music back from Braun. “Now Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy. Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it.” Braun treated her as inferior when he took ownership of her songs without her permission. It makes sense that her fans, Taylor Nation, are excited about the album re-release. The album is not solely about music, but about feminism in a male-dominated industry and standing up for yourself.