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‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’ release stirs up opinions

Angela Kozmar
Callie Barbour listens to Taylor Swift’s newest remake album “1989 (Taylor’s Version)”.

While kids do missing homework, parents cook dinner, and teachers brainstorm ideas for upcoming assignments, swifties are singing Taylor Swift’s “1989 (Taylor’s Version)”.

Many students and teachers attending Angeline Academy of Innovation find themselves enjoying the five new songs added to Taylor Swift’s latest version of 1989. Since adding these five new songs from the vault, the album has gained more popularity than when the album was first released.

“I don’t really think they [the new songs] fit the original vibe of the album, but I think it just was the next one that came out so she figured she would put them with that one,” Civics teacher Ruth Rowan said.

According to Fortune Magazine, “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” sold 1.65 million copies in its first week, approximately 360,000 more sold copies than the original. Not only have both versions of 1989 gained popularity, but the release of Taylor’s version has also stirred up opinions of which one people liked more.

1989 (Taylor’s Version) because I like how she made her songs her own and she has ownership over the new album, it genuinely sounds better and it’s more fitting.

— Emery Mallon

“1989 (Taylor’s Version) because I like how she made her songs her own and she has ownership over the new album, it genuinely sounds better and it’s more fitting,” AAI student Emery Mallon said.

Taylor Swift’s audience also noticed some differences between her newest version of 1989 and her original.

“In 1989 (Taylor’s Version), I felt like her pitch was higher, I felt like it didn’t really sound like her, which is another reason why I like the normal version a bit more,” AAI student Callie Barbour said.

1989 (Taylor’s Version) album cover. (Republic Records)

Fans have been loving Taylor re-releasing her original music and this is one of the reasons many of her fans have started to partake in listening to the newer versions of her original albums. 

“I think that her re-releasing her original music is showing people that she has perseverance and that she will always make it past whatever obstacle is thrown at her cause that’s just who Taylor Swift is,” AAI student Aaralyn Weber said.

Though the process of re-recording her music is daunting, Taylor Swift has found ways to persevere through it and has re-recorded almost every single one of her original albums dating back to before 2017.  She has released multiple new and original albums that she wrote herself as well. If you haven’t listened to the album yet, check it out on Spotify.

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Angela Kozmar, Writer
Angela Kozmar is an eighth-grade student at Angeline Academy. She enjoys listening to Taylor Swift in her free time. She hopes to be a doctor in the future.
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    JulieFeb 11, 2024 at 11:39 pm

    Thanks for writing on this! My daughter and I love Taylor’s version of 1989!