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How Taylor Swift won by taking control of the narrative

Writer and musician Eilish Gilligan talks about the new release of Red, how the Taylor’s Version project is transforming the music industry, and the unique relationship she has with her fans.

Last week Taylor Swift re-released one of her most critically acclaimed albums, Red. The re-recording is the result of a complicated financial and legal battle over who owns the rights to the original versions of her songs.

 

Red (Taylor’s Version) features all of the songs on the original album, plus a bunch of new tracks and a 10 minute long version of her iconic song ‘All Too Well’, where she takes some pretty pointed shots at a very famous ex-boyfriend.

 

This week on The Culture, we’re joined by writer and musician Eilish Gilligan to talk about the new release of Red, how the Taylor’s Version project is transforming the music industry, and the unique relationship she has with her fans.

 

Guest: Eilish Gilligan, musician and writer.

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