Taylor Swift has huge 2020, preps for equally busy 2021

Categories:  Music    The Arts
Saturday, March 6th, 2021 at 12:13 PM
Taylor Swift has huge 2020, preps for equally busy 2021 by Julia Petrovich
Album Art: folklore: the long pond studio sessions

Very few artists have released two full albums, a documentary, re-records of past releases, and live studio sessions all within the same year. Taylor Swift has accomplished all this and more throughout 2020 and into the beginning of 2021.

Swift has been known to deliver music frequently, dropping nine albums and numerous other discography pieces dating back to just 2006. With such an extensive playlist at such a young age, Swift’s feats have been continuously surprising and equally as impressive.

Starting off at the very beginning of 2020, Swift released the documentary “Miss Americana” through Netflix. The project revealed much of Swift’s life that she had previously not shared and much that was not known to the media. For example, it offers insight into her drama with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and her previous struggles as a young star with an eating disorder. She procured significant praise for this revealing and honest depiction of Hollywood, the music industry, and what her life within both had been. And this documentary only sparked the revolution that was Swift’s 2020 and 2021 major involvement in the industry.

After hitting the ground running at the start of the year, Swift was not expected to continue releasing different projects throughout 2020, especially during the pandemic. However, she surprised audiences in July with the release of her eighth studio effort “Folklore,” a 16-track album (plus one bonus track). This release was her first in the indie folk category, which was a shock to fans, as it was quite the switch from her traditional pop genre.

The album was also accompanied by several later released chapters — collections of LP tracks strung together to tell stories with their different plots. In the final collection of the “Folklore” era, Swift released “Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions.” The film was the first collaboration with streaming platform Disney+. It followed Swift and fellow songwriters and creators on the journey to the creation and release of the album. The “Folklore” era proved to be a massive success for Swift, along with being an immense gift to her audiences and fanbase.

Following what had already been a huge number of releases for Swift in the recent months, she continued to shock the world with the release of the sister album to “Folklore”: Swift’s ninth studio record, “Evermore.” It’s a 15-track effort, accompanied by two bonus songs with its deluxe edition. Swift released “Evermore” in December 2020, just five months after the release of “Folklore.” Both are in the indie folk genre and were huge hits with her fanbase. The albums were produced to accompany each other, with “Folklore” representing spring and summer, while “Evermore” represents fall and winter. “Evermore” was a shock to many, especially after already receiving a full-length album from Swift just months before. But the release of the latter record does not signify the end of the artist’s accomplishments in the last year.

Swift’s most recent release, “Love Story (Taylor’s Version),” has been one of the best musical surprises of the year, and it’s a win for both Swift and her fans. The original version was one of the artist’s biggest early hits, hailing from “Fearless.” But after a constant battle with the owner of her first six studio albums (initially it was Scooter Braun, who then sold Big Machine Records to another party), she made the decision to walk away from her original albums and re-record most of her discography. It’s been an empowering move to watch, and the re-records began with “Love Story.” It will likely continue until all her music that she does not own is re-released under her name. This idea marks what will likely be a huge 2021 for Swift, as her re-recorded albums are already massively anticipated by her fanbase.

Without a doubt, Swift has had an extremely accomplished past few seasons of work, with immense feats and huge contributions to the recent music industry. Swift’s fanbase has only grown recently and will hopefully continue to grow as she produces music and entertainment. Let’s hope we get to hear her updated take on “All Too Well” next!

Julia Petrovich is the Arts Editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com.

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