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Taylor Swift’s Fans Are Trying to Eradicate Her Back Catalogue

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Something about Taylor Swift’s re-recording and re-release of her old records that rubs me the wrong way. I get that she wants to control her masters and I think she and all musicians should, but why should her fans be asked to rebuy all of her albums because she doesn’t like Scooter Braun.

Of course, when her fans aren’t bullying anyone they think may have crossed her, they’re more than happy to oblige her.

In fact, so desperate to please their queen are the Swifties that they’re sharing tips on how to make sure they don’t accidentally listen to one of the bad versions of the songs that they’ve loved for decades and give bad man Scooter Braun $0.00437 that he’s just to spend on granting wishes for sick kids.

Variety reported on the length Swift’s fans are going to in order to avoid her old songs.

The step-by-step process includes “hiding the song” for each number of “Fearless (Platinum Edition),” then each song on “Fearless (International Version),” then “Fearless (Big Machine Radio Release Special),” then the individual track “Today Was a Fairytale” (a soundtrack cut never included on “Fearless,” but a bonus track on the new release), then the collection “Live From Clear Channel Stripped 2008” (a release Big Machine uploaded to streaming services after she left the label, to her public displeasure), then “Love Story *Digital Dog Remix),” then “Love Story (Pop Mix)” and, finally, “You’re Not Sorry (CSI Remix).”

The user @swifferupdates did miss one angle, though: As a respondent pointed out, there was no instruction to hide the original-original version of “Fearless,” which also remains on Spotify, sans the bonus tracks added for all the special editions.

Lots of bands have put out remastered versions of songs and different collections and whatnot. The Beatles’ catalog is a real mess for example with a bunch of different versions of albums released over the years. But they’re usually decades-old recordings that were originally released before CDs done to sound as good as possible on modern equipment, not albums from a few years ago re-recorded out of spite.

If you already have Taylor Swift’s albums, they still work, you don’t need to replace them.

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