Taylor Swift Fans Think She Started Rerecording Her Albums With "Red" — Here's Why

    "She is, without a doubt, rerecording Red right now."

    On Sunday, Taylor Swift was awarded Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards for the third year in a row — but she wasn't actually at the ceremony to receive the award.

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    Taylor accepted the award via live video link from a mysterious studio — and it's safe to say her speech has Swifties putting on their detective hats and doing some very excitable theorising.

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    "You guys have been beyond wonderful all the years of my career, but especially this one," Taylor said in her speech. "We've been so far apart and haven't been able to see each other in concert, but I still feel so connected to you through the music. Your reaction to Folklore and all the ways in which your imagination honoured that album... I just love you so much. I'm really, really lucky because of you."

    Then, she added: "The reason I'm not there tonight is I'm actually rerecording all of my old music in the studio where we originally recorded it. So it's been amazing, and I can't wait for you to hear it."

    Of course, we already know Taylor has started rerecording her first five albums — she announced as much last week, when it was revealed Scooter Braun had sold the rights to her master recordings to yet ~another~ uninvolved company.

    Been getting a lot of questions about the recent sale of my old masters. I hope this clears things up.

    If you want a full refresher on why, exactly, she's doing this...here you go.

    "I have recently begun rerecording my older music and it has already proven to be both exciting and creatively fulfilling," Taylor wrote in a statement on Twitter. "I have plenty of surprises in store."

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    But fans have decided that she's currently working on rerecording one album in particular — and it all comes down to several clues Taylor has dropped in recent weeks.

    First of all, she posted this photo on all her social media accounts yesterday, a few hours before the AMAs were due to start.

    And it came alongside a caption that, as any dedicated Swiftie will know, means Taylor actually has quite a lot going on at the moment.

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    For context, the last time she posted this it turned out she had actually spent the day writing "Cardigan," the lead single from her surprise eighth album, Folklore.

    Now, this is relevant because not only does it mean Taylor has a lot going on at the moment, but it's also a reference to the music video for "22," a single from her fourth album, Red. If things weren't suspicious enough, she posted the picture on the 22nd.

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    In a recent Rolling Stone interview with Paul McCartney, Taylor explained that numbers have always been important to her, even going so far as to say numbers "rule her whole world."

    "It's all these weird coincidences of good things that have happened," she explained of her obsession with the number 13. "Now, when I see it places, I look at it as a sign that things are going the way they're supposed to. They may not be good now, they could be painful now, but things are on a track. I don't know, I love the numerology."

    "One of my favourite artists, Bon Iver," she added later. "He has this thing with the number 22."

    So let's go back to what Taylor said in her AMAs acceptance speech, which was that she was rerecording her music "in the studio where she originally recorded it."

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    Of course, some Swiftie detectives did the work and figured out that the tapestry behind Taylor matched the decor at Conway Studios in Hollywood, which was proven by an Instagram post from audio engineer Ben Sedano — who, according to another Instagram post, worked on Red.

    So it's safe to say fans believe the evidence is stacking up in the album's favour — because this is just the latest in a long list of 2020 connections to Red.

    THE EVIDENCE IS DAMNING https://t.co/sYL0OVzxlS

    Taylor just did the RED interview.. she has red style hair.. she mentioned the 10 minute All Too Well in an interview.. she referenced 22 today.. she's rerecording in a studio where she recorded half of red.. She is, without a doubt, rerecording Red right now.

    In fact, fans have noticed Taylor has been looking very Red-esque in her recent public appearances.

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    And just last week, Taylor did an interview with Rolling Stone all about the creative process behind Red, which appears on the magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

    During an episode of the 500 Greatest Albums podcast, Taylor likened Red to a Jackson Pollock painting, explaining that she sees it as the bridge between her country albums and her pop albums, where she just "threw colours at the wall" to see what stuck.

    "It was an interesting wrestling match with my own fears of remaining stagnant that made Red the kind of joyride that it ended up being," she said.

    During that interview, she also told the story behind writing "All Too Well" — and fans believe the rerecording of the album may finally bless us with the 10-minute version we've all been waiting for.

    taylor has never mentioned before that there was a CD recording of the original version of all too well............ and she mentions it now, 8 years after release and the year she is rerecording past albums......................

    "I can't believe it now when I play it live and everybody in the crowd knows every word," Taylor said of the song. "I'm truly astonished by it, and I think that's one of the most beautiful things about this album for me when I look back on it.

    "I thought it was too dark, too sad, too intense," she went on. "It's fun when things surprise you like that."

    However, there is a ~tiny~ flaw in the theory. According to Max Martin, Taylor also recorded "Shake It Off" — which was on 1989 — at Conway Studios.

    But either way, it has been confirmed that Taylor Swift is currently rerecording some iconic bops, and I can't wait to see what she does with them. 😎

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    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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