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Taylor Swift & the re-recording of her albums.

While there are many reasons to not like her music, her pandemic albums, Folklore and Evermore (with a folk-ish, indie vibe) spoke to my soul and turned me into some sort of a swiftie. But what I found the most interesting was the move to re-record her first 6 albums. Albums that were owned by her previous record label were sold without her having the option to buy them (even if she expressed interest in doing so).

Now comes into question, why would you re-record albums that were already out there, already had their moment and success?

In a groundbreaking move that has captivated the music industry and her legions of fans, artist Taylor Swift has embarked on an ambitious project: re-recording her entire discography. This strategic decision is not only a testament to Swift’s unwavering control over her artistic output but also a masterclass in marketing. By revisiting her past works, she aims to regain ownership of her music and leverage the power of nostalgia to create new opportunities for herself in the ever-evolving music landscape.

Seizing Control and Reclaiming Ownership.

At the core of Taylor Swift’s re-recording venture is the notion of control. Swift’s original master recordings were acquired by a private equity firm, which restricted her ability to fully control and profit from her music. By re-recording her albums, she effectively takes back ownership of her songs, allowing her to control their licensing, usage, and distribution. This move positions Swift as a powerful force within the music industry, reaffirming her autonomy and independence as an artist.

Not to mention that out of all her songs, 54 of them are self-written, the rest of them being co-written with specific people from the industry, and her third album – Speak Now is entirely her own

Harnessing the Power of Nostalgia.

Nostalgia is a powerful marketing tool, and Taylor Swift has tapped into it with precision. By revisiting her early catalog, Swift transports her fans back to the moments when they first fell in love with her music. The emotional connection that fans have with these songs creates a sense of anticipation and excitement surrounding the re-recordings. Many of her fans grew up with her music, therefore there are specific memories intertwined with her songs, offering her fanbase a look back to the past but as a complete grown-up.

Additionally, by staying faithful to the original versions while adding subtle improvements, Swift strikes a perfect balance between honoring the past and offering something fresh and new. Similar to brands bringing back products or packaging that reminds their clientele on what they grew up on. Did you notice the re-emerging of Korsarz candy on the stores’ shelves?

Engaging Fans and Building Loyalty.

One of the key marketing strategies employed by Taylor Swift throughout her career has been her ability to forge a deep connection with her fans. The re-recording project is no exception. Swift has actively involved her dedicated fanbase, affectionately known as the “Swifties,” in the process. She has shared behind-the-scenes glimpses of the recording sessions, interacted with fans on social media, and even hidden Easter eggs within the new recordings, encouraging fans to dissect and analyze every aspect of the music. By engaging her fans at such a personal level, Swift has created a loyal community that feels directly involved in her artistic journey.

Should I even mention why is the need for a community so important for a brand? I don’t think so, but Oana makes a pretty clear POV and gives great pointers on this matter.

Generating Media Buzz and Public Interest.

Taylor Swift’s re-recording project has generated substantial media attention and public interest. Her decision to revisit her discography has sparked discussions about artist rights, music ownership, and the power dynamics within the industry. This heightened media coverage not only raises awareness about the re-recordings but also creates an opportunity for Swift to advocate for artist empowerment. By using her platform to shed light on these important issues, Swift aligns her music with a larger cultural conversation, further solidifying her role as a leader and influencer.

Expanding Revenue Streams and Commercial Opportunities.

From a business standpoint, the re-recording project presents significant revenue potential for Taylor Swift. By controlling her master recordings, she can license her music for various commercial purposes, including film, television, and advertisements. Furthermore, the re-recordings allow her to monetize her back catalog once again, generating revenue through streams, downloads, and physical sales. By tapping into the power of nostalgia and the loyalty of her fanbase, Swift ensures that her re-recordings will be met with enthusiasm, resulting in increased commercial success. Her most recent album Midnights made itself comfortable on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart, by taking over the entire top 10 list.

Lastly, let’s not forget her Eras tour that is currently taking place. While I think many fans would still line up to see her live only from her recent album, I strongly believe that her playing the most loved songs on each album is a key factor in her world-tour success. It is on track to reach $1 billion in sales, making it the highest-grossing tour ever.


By reclaiming control over her music, evoking nostalgia, engaging her fans, generating media buzz, and expanding her revenue streams, Swift has strategically positioned herself at the forefront of the music industry. This move not only secures her artistic legacy but also sets a precedent for other artists seeking to assert their control and regain ownership of their work. As her re-recordings continue to roll out, the world eagerly anticipates the next chapter in Taylor Swift’s musical journey and the innovative marketing strategies that will undoubtedly accompany it.


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