Taylor Swift announces “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)”
Taylor Swift says that “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version),” her beloved third album, will be the next that she will re-release.
The singer reportedly made the announcement during her Eras Tour show in Nashville, where she launched her career in country music, Friday.
“I think rather than me speaking about it,” she teased as fans began to scream, “I thought I would just show you. So, if you would direct your attention to the back, big screen that we have.” Behind her, the screen read: “Speak Now. Taylor’s Version. Available July 7.”
Swift tweeted afterwards that she first made Speak Now, completely self-written, between the ages of 18 and 20.
“The songs that came from this time in my life were marked by their brutal honesty, unfiltered diaristic confessions and wild wistfulness,” she added. “I love this album because it tells a tale of growing up, flailing, flying and crashing… and living to speak about it. With six extra songs I’ve sprung loose from the vault, I absolutely cannot wait to celebrate Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) with you on July 7th.”
During Friday’s performance, fans were also treated to a surprise performance as Phoebe Bridgers was joined by her boygenius bandmates Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus for “Not Strong Enough” during her opening set.
Speak Now, originally released in 2010 with its country-pop tinges, featured standouts like “Mine,” “Mean,” “Story of Us,” and “Enchanted.”
The new Taylor’s Version album follows the re-release of Fearless and Red in 2021.
In 2019, Swift announced that she was re-recording her first six albums after her label Big Machine sold her masters to Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings — putting her legacy “in the hands,” as Swift said, “of someone who tried to dismantle it.”