Taylor Swift Faces Criticism Over Vinyl Record Sales Practices

Back in 2019, Taylor Swift made an announcement regarding her plan to re-record her initial six albums. This decision came about due to her losing control over the original master recordings to her previous record label. As of 2021, she commenced the release of these re-recorded versions. In addition to recreating the original tracks, Swift seized the opportunity to incorporate some extra songs that had been left out initially. The reimagined editions of her albums “Fearless” and “Red” were met with enthusiastic approval from her fan base. 

Continuing this endeavor, Swift proceeded to release a renewed version of her album “Speak Now” in August. This time around, she went a step further by not only providing a mainstream release but also introducing a couple of limited edition variations.

Scheduled for release on October 27th, Taylor Swift’s upcoming reissue, “1989 (Taylor’s Version),” is poised to hit the market. Similar to her previous re-releases, she’s introducing special editions alongside the standard version. However, this time, her marketing strategies have sparked some discontent among fans. 

Alongside the standard edition CD, she initially made available four distinct special edition CDs for the first 89 hours following the announcement. Swift also unveiled plans for a vinyl version, notably the Crystal Skies Blue edition. This variant showcases an exclusive photo of Swift and is crafted from blue vinyl.

Nonetheless, this is where fan frustration began to emerge. Recently, Swift revealed yet another vinyl release of “1989” – the Sunrise Boulevard Yellow edition. Distinguished by a different photo and stamped from yellow vinyl, this edition was only accessible for pre-order within a 48-hour window or until supplies were depleted.

On August 21st, she took to Instagram to inform her followers that the Aquamarine Green edition was currently available for purchase – but for a limited span of 48 hours.

Subsequently, fans began expressing their discontent. One individual labeled it as “Another shameless cash grab,” while another voiced their frustration on Reddit, stating they were “actually getting annoyed she keeps doing this.”

A third individual mentioned that they were finding it hard to cope with the perception of excessive money-seeking. While it’s true that fans aren’t obliged to acquire more than one copy of “1989 (Taylor’s Version),” the fact that a total of eight distinct editions – encompassing both CD and vinyl formats – have already been presented more than two months before the actual release does come across as somewhat imprudent.




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