On Friday, Taylor Swift released her highly anticipated re-recorded version of her fourth album, Red, featuring the ten-minute version of “All Too Well.” To recap, Swift signed to Big Machine Records when she was 15, which means the company would own the masters, or rights, to her music. She later announced in 2018 that she would be switching to Republic Records and Universal Music Group.
Don’t know what else to do pic.twitter.com/1uBrXwviTS
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 14, 2019
Here, she would own the masters to the future albums she created. However, her records were sold to Scooter Braun in 2019, though she begged for the masters and was denied. She tweets about this experience in 2019 and later announces she will be rerecording her albums so that fans can enjoy them without supporting Braun, as money from streaming previous albums would go to him.
Red (Taylor’s Version)
Now, Red (Taylor’s Version) was released Friday, with additional never heard before songs included. Many were the most thrilled for “All Too Well” and even more excited for the ten-minute version. The original ballad, including heartbreaking lyrics that you cannot help to scream to, was many’s favorites, and Swift had teased that the song originally was 10 minutes long. She released this version, along with a short film encapturing the story told in the song.
“All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) by Taylor Swift officially reaches #1 on US Apple Music for the first time. pic.twitter.com/toioQov5s0
— Pop Base (@PopBase) November 15, 2021
The song, along with the short film, explains the relationship between Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal, who had a 9 year age gap when they dated. The 10-minute version of the song goes into more detail about their relationship, including how Gyllenhaal tried to keep their relationship a secret. As the internet reacted, many began to make memes against Gyllenhaal, who was 29 when he dated 20-year-old Taylor Swift. The song, as well as the album, also explains how he did not attend her 21st birthday.
good morning to everyone except jake gylenhall
— reese dunn (@DunnReese) November 13, 2021
The short film as well highlights the age difference, casting Sadie Sink who is 19, and Dylan O’Brien who is 30. Though the memes reacted to the new lyrics or the iconic scarf mentioned in the film as well, many directed their attention to how older men, both John Mayer and Jake Gyllenhaal for example, dated Taylor when she was only 19 or 20.
the beard.. oh it’s bad for jake… very very bad 😭 pic.twitter.com/pEMl38aMXi
— ً (@oldshoujo) November 11, 2021
Though many were the most thrilled for “All Too Well,” there are other songs many were excited to hear as well. “Nothing New” which features indie singer Phoebe Bridgers excited many because Bridgers sings verses in the songs, as opposed to being a backup singer, which Swift was known to do when featuring women vocalists.
is everyone ok https://t.co/JLE6sTQ4v4
— traitor joe (@phoebe_bridgers) November 14, 2021
“I Bet You Think About Me”
Announced yesterday, and premiered today, was the music video for “I Bet You Think About Me.” The song is also about Gyllenhaal, explaining how he often thought he was better than her with lyrics like “fast asleep in your city that’s better than mine” or “you laughed at my dreams, rolled your eyes at my jokes.”
i bet you think about me (2021) pic.twitter.com/GCQ2FF2u5A
— cindy (@greysonandswift) November 15, 2021
The music video was directed by Blake Lively, who is one of Swift’s closest friends, and many think the song highlights her country roots, as she began in the music scene as a country artist.
she opened a can of YEEHAW in i bet you think about me wooooo pic.twitter.com/4XO3ZCYE0X
— fiz 💐 (@cardiganfml_) November 12, 2021
All in all, Red (Taylor’s Version) has done exceptionally well. The 10 minute version of All Too Well, which Swift originally could not be produced on an album, takes the number one spot on Spotify. Additionally, 5 songs from the album are in the top 5 of Spotify’s US charts.