Billboard Woman of the Decade Taylor Swift Reveals When She’s Going to Begin Rerecording Her Old Hits

Celebrated artist Taylor Swift was deemed Billboard’s Woman of the Decade. In her interview with the music publication, she spoke about the last ten years, including her recent dispute over her master recordings. Here’s what she said about her plan to rerecord her catalog.

Taylor Swift is Billboard’s Woman of the Decade

Swift is uniquely positioned for the designation she just received. Though her first two albums came out before the 2010s began, it was her third album, 2010’s Speak Now, that really set her apart as an artist, as she was the sole writer on it, and was her first to debut with over a million copies already sold in the U.S.

And she’s been having an incredible final year of the decade, despite some drama (see below). She was crowned Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards, nominated for three Grammys, and put out her seventh album, Lover, the first of her which she owns outright.

Swift’s latest feud over her master recordings

Swift has had a number of feuds in the past, but none quite as important as the one she’s been involved with this year. While in the midst of releasing singles for Lover, Swift took to social media to explain that her previous record label, Big Machine Records, had been sold to Ithaca Holdings, owned by famed manager Scooter Braun.

This upset the artist for a number of reasons, specifically because Big Machine refused to allow her to purchase the rights to her master recordings. There was a lot of back and forth occurring publicly for awhile there. Swift was even unsure if she would be able to perform a medley of her songs at the American Music Awards, but ended up being able to do so.

Here’s when she plans to rerecord

Taylor Swift performs at the 2019 American Music Awards
Taylor Swift performs at the 2019 American Music Awards | Kevin Winter/Getty Images for dcp

In her interview with Billboard, Swift opened up about her fight for artists to have ownership over their own work. She also explained that it will be almost a year before she is able to rerecord any of the songs off her first six albums — two years after she left Big Machine.

Swift isn’t sure how long it will take to rerecord everything. “But it’s going to be fun, because it’ll feel like regaining a freedom and taking back what’s mine,” she said. “Going back in and knowing that it meant something to people is actually a really beautiful way to celebrate what the fans have done for my music.”

Swift turns 30

Swift will close out the decade with two major events. First is her 30th birthday, on Dec. 13, 2019. Shortly thereafter, her return to the big screen in the film adaptation of the musical Cats, for which she wrote an original song with Andrew Lloyd Webber, will debut.

Though it’s clearly been a tumultuous decade, it’s also been an incredibly prosperous one for Swift. And she wouldn’t change a thing. “Even the really tough things I’ve gone through taught me things that I never would have learned any other way,” she told Billboard. “I really appreciate my experience, the ups and downs.” As a bonus, she noted her friends, family, and boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, as what matters most to her.