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Red (Taylor's Version) is the second re-recorded album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, released on November 12, 2021, through Republic Records. It is a re-recording of Swift's fourth studio album, Red (2012), following her first re-recorded album, Fearless (Taylor's Version), which was released in April 2021. The re-recording venture is Swift's countermeasure against the changed ownership of the masters to her first six studio albums.

The album encompasses re-recorded versions of 20 songs from the Red deluxe edition and Swift's 2012 charity single "Ronan"; the 10-minute-long, unabridged version of "All Too Well"; Swift's own recordings of "Better Man" (2016) and "Babe" (2018), both of which she wrote but gave away to other country artists; and six new "From the Vault" tracks that were intended for the 2012 album. Swift and Christopher Rowe produced most of Red (Taylor's Version), while Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff, Paul Mirkovich, Espionage, Tim Blacksmith, Danny D, and Elvira Anderfjärd handled the rest. Shellback, Dan Wilson, Jeff Bhasker, Jacknife Lee, and Butch Walker also returned to produce the re-recordings of tracks they had worked on in 2012. Phoebe Bridgers and Chris Stapleton joined the album as guest vocalists alongside original features from Gary Lightbody and Ed Sheeran.

Red (Taylor's Version) was met with widespread acclaim from music critics, who admired Swift's vocal performances, the production quality, and the new tracks. Reviews described it a classic pop record expanding from Swift's country roots into electronic, synth-pop and rock flairs, whilst chronicling various dynamics of love, life, loss and heartache. The album broke a string of commercial records, such as the Spotify feat for the largest single-day streams for an album by a female artist and the biggest vinyl sales week in MRC Data history. It topped the charts in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland and the United Kingdom, as well as the United States where Swift surpassed Elton John's 46-year-old record to become the fastest soloist in Billboard 200 history to collect four number-one albums, doing so in under 16 months.

Swift promoted the album with televised appearances on NBC. The songs "All Too Well (Taylor's Version)", "Message in a Bottle" and "I Bet You Think About Me" were released as hot adult contemporary, pop radio and country singles, respectively. "All Too Well (10 Minute Version)" became Swift's eighth number-one song on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the longest number-one song of all time; 25 other tracks from the album also charted on the Hot 100 the same week, setting the record for the most single-week new entries ever by an artist. Swift wrote and directed All Too Well: The Short Film, a romantic drama starring Sadie Sink and Dylan O'Brien, released on November 12 as well. Various publications have identified the release of Red (Taylor's Version) as a key pop-culture moment of 2021.
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