Taylor Swift re-releasing six albums in copyright battle against publicist

The pop star’s former label, Big Machine Label Group, sold rightful ownership of her previously released albums


Spenser Leise

Taylor Swift started the re-recording and re-releasing process in 2019 and just recently re-released her album Red on Nov. 12.

Taylor Swift is a well known international pop star who has been producing albums since 2006. She has released nine albums in total, and all of them have reached number one on the Billboard 200 ranked album chart.

But recently, in 2019, she started having trouble with copyright and the ownership of many of her songs adding up to six of her previously released hit albums. According to pitchfork.com, “The master rights to her first six albums had been sold by her former label, Big Machine Label Group.” They were sold because all six albums were worth a minimum of $300 million together. Big Machine Label Group (also known as Big Machine Records) — specifically record executive Scooter Braun — did this for the money.

Because they were sold, in order to have full ownership over her first six albums, Taylor Swift is required to re-recorded them and release them all over again. She is working on the process of re-recording them to get full ownership and legally make her artistry her own.

She publicly announced this was her intention in August 2019.

She re-released Fearless in April 2021, which now has about 498 million on-demand streams.

It is currently still unknown who purchased the ownership of these albums.