Friday, April 12, 2024

Taylor Swift Releasing Her Version of “1989” in 10 Days, But the Old One Has Sold 1 Million This Year


When Taylor Swift releases her version of the “1989” album next Friday, it will be a real test.

Already this year the original “1989” has sold over 1 million copies. Most of them are streaming but that means fans have listened to it a lot.

“1989” has been Taylor’s watershed album with songs like “Shake it Off” and “Blank Space.”

Swift has re-recorded and sold her “versions” of her back catalog to get back the rights sold off by Big Machine Records to Scooter Braun, who sold them again to a hedge fund.

Now that her movie is out of the Eras tour, plus months of Eras shows sold out, fans have bought up her albums like crazy. Almost everything else sold this year is the 2.0 version, not the original.

But “1989” has only been available in its original form. This means Shamrock Investment Firm has seen at least some positive result from its $300 million purchase to Braun and Big Machine.

Will fans scoop up the new “1989” like they did all the others? Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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