Taylor Swift may or may not be heeding Kelly Clarkson’s advice on re-recording her masters.
The Calm Down hitmaker has confirmed plans to re-record her old music that Scooter Braun currently owns after he acquired Big Machine Label Group. The $300 million purchase means that Braun has ownership of Swift’s masters from her first six albums. Lest we forget, the highly-publicized deal was slammed by Swift who called it “my worst-case scenario.”
Swift addressed the re-recording plans in a sit-down interview with correspondent Tracy Smith on CBS Sunday Morning. Smith asked the 29-year-old singer about the option to re-record her tracks.
“Might you do that?” Smith asks Swift.
“Oh yeah,” Swift answers.
“That’s a plan?” Smith follows up.
“Yeah, absolutely,” Swift said.
CBS Sunday Morning reported the exchange on Thursday.
The Big Machine deal between Braun and Swift’s former music producer Scot Borchetta prompted the singer to post a lengthy blog on Tumblr. In the post, Swift called out Braun for being a bully as well as other artists including Justin Bieber, Kanye West and his reality star wife, Kim Kardashian-West.
Many artists in the music industry weighed in on the issue with each taking their sides. In support of Swift, singer Kelly Clarkson offered some sound advice to the singer. Last month, she tweeted swift writing:
“just a thought, U should go in & re-record all the songs that U don’t own the masters on exactly how U did them but put brand new art & some kind of incentive so fans will no longer buy the old versions. I’d buy all of the new versions just to prove a point”
So did Swift heed Clarkson’s advice or was that always the plan? Either way, it seems like a good idea.
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.