How to listen to 1989 (Taylor’s Version) as it is finally released

Taylor Swift is releasing a re-recorded version of her 2014 album   (Charles Sykes / Invision / AP)
Taylor Swift is releasing a re-recorded version of her 2014 album (Charles Sykes / Invision / AP)

Today's the day that Swifties have been waiting for: 1989 (Taylor's Version) has finally arrived. Featuring hits such as Blank Space and game-changing Shake It Off, the album is a fan favourite and the re-recording has been hotly anticipated since its original announcement.

Taylor Swift has been in the headlines almost permanently this year, as she has embarked on her Eras Tour, which is on its way to becoming the highest-grossing tour of all time. Now, with the arrival of her latest album re-recording, even fans who couldn't beat the ferocious queue to get tickets have something to celebrate.

While 1989 is one of Swift’s most popular albums, the singer is releasing a new version because revenue of her first six records no longer goes to her after Scooter Braun’s controversial masters buyout. 1989 will be the fourth of six rerecorded albums.

Earlier this year, the singer challenged her fans to guess the titles of the five bonus songs that will feature on the re-recorded version of 1989. It left only one track left to guess and the thrill of the chase has led fans to deduce this will either be called Lust or Slut - turns out it is the latter.

Swift’s version of Wordle has been played before, while the American singer was promoting Red (Taylor’s Version) and Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in 2021.

Swift has pledged to make the 2014 album better than ever with this re-recording and it is set to feature a number of collaborations.

When is 1989 (Taylor’s Version) out?

The album 1989 (Taylor's Version) is available now on CD, cassette tape, vinyl LP, and music-streaming services on October 27, 2023.

For those who have bought the digital album, it will be available at the email address supplied at checkout.

Swift is determined to control every aspect of her music.

It's common for record labels to own the original recordings of an artist's first six albums. Swift openly disagreed with the final sale of the recordings to a private equity group.

Swift is now re-recording and releasing the tracks that were previously sold, in addition to adding previously unheard songs to each album. You are reminded that you are listening to Taylor's Version with every re-recorded song and album title.

Before fully owning all of her music, Swift still has two albums to re-record after the release of 1989 (Taylor's Version) this week.