After it was announced last week that Taylor Swift is planning to re-record her first six albums after a music rights dispute, Kelly Clarkson announced that this idea came from her. The singer says that she got this inspiration again through her mother-in-law, country singer Reba McEntire.
Clarkson tells in conversation with Jimmy Fallon that her mother-in-law wanted to be the owner of her music herself. "So she has re-recorded all her music, with the same musicians as before. That's how I came up with this idea."
Clarkson then shared this idea with Swift, saying that "she would buy all new versions to prove her point."
The reason for Swift's decision to dive into the studio again is the purchase of her former record label Big Machine Records by Scooter Braun, manager of artists such as Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande. Swift feels bullied by Braun and does not want him to become the owner of her music.
Clarkson himself would not re-record her music to be the sole owner of it. "I'm fine with that, but I understand why it's important to Taylor."
Singer JoJo preceded Swift
When Swift re-records and releases the albums, she becomes the owner of those new recordings. Although it is not a usual measure, some artists preceded Swift.
For example, singer JoJo, known for the hit Leave (Get Out), re-recorded her first two albums after her former record company refused to make the music available on streaming services. For years, the singer was embroiled in a conflict with society where she released her first album at the age of thirteen.
Earlier this week it was announced that Swift had already sold more than one million copies of her new album Lover . On this album the hits ME! and You Need To Calm Down .
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