‘Speak Now’ can be ‘mine’: Swift announces Taylor’s Version

Taylor Swift stunned fans at her May 5 “The Eras Tour” concert in Nashville with the announcement of “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) (TV)” coming July 7. 

“Speak Now TV” will be Swift’s third album rerecorded and 13th overall album in her discography. Her last rerecord was “Red” in fall 2021, and her last album release was October 2022. 

“Speak Now” was originally released in 2010 with 14 songs and the deluxe version with 20. 

“I always looked at this album as my album, and the lump in my throat expands to a quivering voice as I say this, thanks to you, dear reader, it finally will be,” Swift said on social media. 

“Speak Now TV” will have 22 songs, six from what Swift calls “the vault” of songs that did not make it on her studio albums.  

“I consider this music to be, along with your faith in me, the best thing that’s ever been mine. Yours, Taylor.”

Swift set out on her endeavor to rerecord all her albums in 2019. All of her music, including her 2006 debut album, is owned by her former label Big Machine Label Group’s president Scooter Braun. This includes a majority of her discography from 2006-2017. 

So far, she has re-recorded “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” and “Red (Taylor’s Version).” Her next release will mean she officially owns seven out of her 11 albums. 

Swift wrote all the songs on “Speak Now,” from ages 18 to 20. Unlike the two albums before that explored young love, her third album focuses on reflection into those relationships. 

“The songs that came from this time in my life were marked by their brutal honesty, unfiltered diaristic confessions and wild wistfulness. I love this album because it tells a tale of growing up, flailing, flying and crashing… and living to speak about it,” Swift said on her social media. 

Currently, the only song from “Speak Now” on her Eras Tour setlist is “Enchanted.” The magical song is commemorated by Swift’s costume change into an elegant ball gown.

However, in the surprise song portion of the show, she performed “Mean” at the April 15 show in Tampa and “Sparks Fly” in Nashville after the announcement.

“Swifties,” or Taylor Swift fans, were speculating as early as the release of “Midnights” last year she would be announcing the rerecord soon. 

Like the “Mastermind” she is, Swift hinted at it several times in the past year. 

There were Easter eggs alluding to “Speak Now” in her last two music videos. In “Bejeweled,” Swift walks out from her castle to a violin instrumental of “Long Live.” In “Lavender Haze,” there are koi fish throughout the video, an homage to the koi fish guitar she played during her “Speak Now” tour. July 7 is also National Koi Fish Day. 

After “Speak Now,” “Taylor Swift (debut),” “Reputation” and “1989” are the last three albums Swift needs to rerecord to officially own her entire discography. 

The original album did not have any features. Fans could expect that to change with vault songs being added. In “Red TV,” Swift added songs with Phoebe Bridgers and brought back Ed Sheeran and Gary Lightbody. With “Fearless TV,” added featuring artists like Maren Morris. 

Swift also released the cover of “Speak Now TV,” which includes the classic curly hair and purple ball gown as she stares directly at the camera. In a twist, she is facing the other direction than the original cover. She did this for “Fearless TV” as well. 

The album is already breaking records as it became Swift’s most-liked album announcement post on Instagram, surpassing “Midnights” with 8.2 million likes in less than 24 hours.

Swifties can preorder “Speak Now TV” here. Swift will be performing at Soldier Field June 2,3 and 4.