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“Red (Taylor’s Version)” takes the world by storm

The re-recorded album makes history as Spotify’s most-streamed album in a day for a female artist.

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Last week, Taylor Swift released a re-recorded version of her 2012 hit album “Red”. Fans are losing their minds as they relive her most classic heartbreak songs.

“Red (Taylor’s Version)” dropped on November 12 to great success. And nine years since the album first dropped, much of Taylor Swift’s sound remains the same. The older versions mostly just sound more crisp, and her newfound maturity shines through on her re-recorded albums.

Taylor Swift’s long-term fan-base seems to love every bit of the new release. A strong aspect of the Swifties’ dedication stems from the nostalgia of growing up over the years with the singer-songwriter.

USC Sophomore Paulene Ng Chee is one of Swift’s dedicated fans. Ng Chee still remembers when “Red” was first released – partly because it happened at a pivotal moment in her life.

PAULENE NG CHEE: I got out of like a pretty serious relationship. I feel like the betrayals that she describes in her songs are something that a lot of like people can relate to if they’ve been in a relationship that wasn’t healthy for them.

According to USC Sophomore Anusha Vadlamani, this relatability is what sparked the album’s initial popularity.

ANUSHA VADLAMANI: I think “Red” is like the quintessential heartbreak album. “Red” was when she, like, started to grow her fan base.

Yara Mawad is a graduate student who became a fan of the artist in 2007. Before, Mawad didn’t really understand “All Too Well,” but now that she has gone through an experience similar to Swift’s, the fan-favorite track resonates with her.

YARA MAWAD: I think now that I’m older, I have more experiences and can relate to what she’s saying way more. And I think she’s older as well, so she can better process her emotions and write better songs.

Even after all of this time, Swift’s way with words hasn’t disappeared. Both then and now, Ng Chee reflects,

PAULENE NG CHEE: I feel like her art really just puts it into words in ways that, like, you can’t.

Although the re-recording process stemmed from conflict, Swift’s difficulties were a blessing in disguise. “Red” is now a triumphant symbol of Swift’s willingness to revisit the past and come out stronger on the other side – and now, the Swifties who have been singing along with her for almost a decade can follow suit.