Taylor Swift can now legally re-release reputation, and with that news comes Swiftie speculation about when the re-releases of her albums will come out, and what new songs will be on them. Here’s what we know and theorize so far!
As of November 10, 2022, Taylor Swift now has the ability to re-release reputation, Taylor’s sixth studio album and the newest album still owned by Scooter Braun. With that announcement, Swifties are buzzing with excitement about what’s to come with this re-released version of the album, as well as all the re-releases yet to be re-released. They want to know when they’ll be released, and what surprises may be on them. To make things easier for curious fans, we have detailed what we know about the upcoming Taylor’s Versions, as well as some theories about what may be on the albums as “From The Vault” tracks based on Swiftie’s theories about unreleased tracks and albums.
The Order of Re-Release
Fearless (Taylor’s Version) was released on April 9, 2021, and Red (Taylor’s Version) was released on November 12, 2021. That’s two of her six studio albums still owned by Scooter Braun, so we have four more to go. We’ve talked about how the “Bejeweled” music video hinted that Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) was coming next in the re-release order, and 1989 (Taylor’s Version) is set to release after that (check out the article!). But there’s more information Taylor gave us in that music video that went right under our noses.
At the beginning of the music video, as Taylor, the house wench, is teased by her evil step-sisters (HAIM) and stepmother (Laura Dern), they say the following dialogue:
STEPMOTHER: Speak not, tired tacky wench, clean! Ladies, worry not! Even if she were allowed to go, which she is not, the Prince would never have anything to do with that little harlot again. He tired of her quite quickly, didn’t he? Or should I say, swiftly?
TAYLOR: There it is, there it is. That joke never gets old, thank you, thank you so much.
STEPMOTHER: You’re welcome. Lest we forget you’ve been exiled here. You’re not going anywhere anytime soon. Certainly not the Ball! Now girls! Let’s get many, many jewels!
STEPSISTERS: Oh yes! Bye! Bye snake! Have fun being exiled, stinky!
Many Swifties believe that this is a coded message, and that the words in bold, “Speak not… clean… swiftly… snake,” are a hint at the order of the re-released albums. We know Speak Now is coming first, correlating with “Speak not,” followed by 1989 as hinted by the word “clean,” the title of one of the songs on 1989. Then we see the emphasis on the word “swiftly,” possibly hinting towards her first, self-titled album, Taylor Swift, being re-released after 1989. Finally, we have “snake,” a common motif Taylor used during her reputation era, hinting at reputation being the last of the re-releases.
wait reputation will be the last one. GOOD CLOSER pic.twitter.com/mDnQzo30lH
— alvaro (@scarednostalgic) October 25, 2022
The order proposed makes sense for Taylor, as reputation was originally released in 2017, only five years ago, so making it the final album to be re-released is sensible–plus she only just got the legal ability to re-release it, and she’s had the ability to re-release the previous five albums way before now. Considering the timing in which Taylor released Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version), in April and November 2021 respectively, with Midnights’ release last October breaking up the re-release schedule, one would come to believe that Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) and 1989 (Taylor’s Version) will both be coming out in 2023 about six months apart. Taylor Swift (Taylor’s Version) and reputation (Taylor’s Version), should Taylor not release another studio album in between, should be re-released in 2024 if the pattern is to be followed.
The Unreleased Albums
This begs the question: what new songs will we see be released “From The Vault,” or rather, what songs has Taylor already written that didn’t make it on the original albums? Well, we already have somewhat of a guess for the final two albums set to be released, Taylor Swift (Taylor’s Version) and reputation (Taylor’s Version), as fans are already well aware of her unreleased albums. Yes, I said albums.
There was a ton of buzz in October about the Midnights song, “Karma,” when it was announced, and paired with Taylor giggling sneakily at the Midnights Mayhem with Me announcement of the track title, Swifties immediately believed this was in reference to the Karma album theory. Before the reputation era, she released albums every two years on the dot, like clockwork. After getting caught up in a few controversies in 2015 after the release of 1989 in 2014, Taylor went dark for a year and didn’t release an album in 2016. reputation would come out in 2017, but fans speculated that the album that was supposed to release in 2016 was already being hinted at and that it was called Karma. This is due to snippets of songs being released in 2019, soon followed by the whole album being leaked as well. The concepts of the album explored similar themes as reputation did: revenge, anger, breakups, etc. However, the Karma album would never see the light of day as an official release, reputation being the final evolution of Karma, sharing the same spirit of vengefulness and frustration but with different songs. This was why the Midnights track “Karma” was so exciting to fans, as it may have been a track either from Karma or in reference to Karma.
It stands to reason that the Karma album, though never seeing the light of day as a stand-alone album, may have some of its songs released in reputation (Taylor’s Version) as “From The Vault” tracks considering the thematic similarity of the two albums. While this is just a theory, Taylor knows the significance the unreleased Karma album still holds with fans–hence the giggle at the song title’s release–so she may very well appease Swifties’ curiosity about the album and release some, if not all, of the Karma tracks with reputation (Taylor’s Version).
I also mentioned Taylor Swift (Taylor’s Version) may have some unreleased music on it as well from another, untitled and unreleased album. Long-time Swifties will remember listening to a song called “I’d Lie” on YouTube, written, recorded, and sung by Taylor Swift herself, but never released onto an album. This is because Taylor recorded many songs prior to her signing with Big Machine Records in 2005, before recording her debut album with them. “I’d Lie” is possibly the most well-known of Taylor’s unreleased songs, as it appeared to the public in GAC Shortcuts and Billboard Live, but was never featured on any officially released album. There were many songs Taylor recorded as demos before she was signed in 2005, such as “Dark Blue Tennessee,” or hinted at later on as something that was supposed to have appeared on the debut album, like “Someone Loves You” which partially appeared in diary pages Taylor released with deluxe versions of Lover. There are so many unreleased songs that Swifties are aware of and are waiting for, some of them already having appeared as “From The Vault” tracks, like “Bye Bye Baby” from Fearless (Taylor’s Version). Perhaps we will see “I’d Lie,” “Dark Blue Tennessee,” or “Someone Loves You” with the re-release of her debut album, as well as any songs Taylor wrote before signing onto Big Machine Records.