Taylor Swift 2021 Drops New Version Of ‘Wildest Dreams’ — Why It Matters

“Wildest Dreams” (Taylor’s Version) also beat out the original song’s Spotify record for single-day plays, Variety reported, surpassing 2 million plays compared to its original counterpart’s 750,000, which had been trending on Spotify earlier this week because of TikTok trends.

While the original version of the song gave producing credits to songwriter Max Martin, who also helped produce Swift’s “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space,” he was absent from the credits of the re-released song, which lists Swift, Shellback and Christopher Rowe as producers, according to Billboard.

Key Background

Swift is re-recording some of her albums that were released by Big Hit Machine after the original recordings were obtained by producer Scooter Braun in his acquisition of the record company in 2019. Swift said she had been trying to buy back the masters of her songs for years from the record company but that they would only offer to have her re-sign and “buy back” one of her older albums for each new album she would create for them. Swift said once Braun took control of her master recordings, he had blocked her from using them during performances and in projects like her 2020 Miss Americana Netflix documentary. Braun has since sold the masters of Swift’s first six albums for $300 million to private equity firm Shamrock Capitol.
Tangent

Taylor’s next re-recorded album release will be Red, which she teased back in August. Red (Taylor’s Version) will include the original 16 tracks featured on the 2012 album, along with 14 other bonus songs that didn’t originally make the cut. That album is slated to be released on November 19. It is expected to be a top seller — Swift’s first re-recorded album, Fearless (Taylor’s Version), which launched in April, sold 291,000 units and gave Swift another number one album.
Further Reading

Taylor Swift Confirms Fan Theories On Track Titles For ‘Red’ Rerecording (Forbes)

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