Taylor Swift surprised fans by releasing four previously unreleased songs just ahead of her highly anticipated stadium tour, which is expected to break Ticketmaster records. The hitmaker dropped the quartet of singles at midnight, in celebration of her Eras Tour, which follows the release of her critically acclaimed and record-breaking album, "Midnights," in October 2022.
Swift announced the release of her latest tracks, all "Taylor's Version" recordings, via Instagram Stories, and they appeared on Spotify hours later. The re-recordings are part of Swift's plan to devalue the original masters of her first six albums, which she lost after her former label, Big Machine Records, was sold to Scooter Braun in 2019.
The four new tracks include "Eyes Open (Taylor's Version)," a guitar-heavy rock ballad, and "Safe & Sound (Taylor's Version)," a duet with the Civil Wars' Joy Williams and John Paul White, both of which were featured on the soundtrack of the 2012 blockbuster "The Hunger Games." The third track, "If This Was a Movie (Taylor's Version)," is a re-recording of a song from her 2010 album "Speak Now," while the fourth track, "All of the Girls You Loved Before," is a previously leaked outtake from her seventh studio album, "Lover."
Swifties celebrated the release of their queen's new music and fueled speculation about which of her historic albums would be re-recorded next. Some fans complained that the songs weren't immediately available on Spotify at midnight, which caused the platform to crash briefly when "Midnights" was released in October 2022.
The Eras Tour kicked off with back-to-back shows in Glendale, Arizona, which saw the town's mayor temporarily rebrand it as "Swift City" in honor of the launch. Swift will perform five nights at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, in August, becoming the first artist to present that many shows at the 70,000-seat, $5-billion venue, which opened in 2020 and serves as the joint home of the NFL's L.A. Rams and L.A. Chargers.
Source: Los Angeles Times
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