A year after surprising the world with her eighth album Folklore, Taylor Swift handed her fans an unexpected anniversary gift on Saturday.
To the delight of millions of Swifties, the 11-time Grammy winner released the “original” and orchestral version of her hit bonus track The Lakes.
“It’s been a year since we escaped the real world together and introduced ourselves somewhere simpler,” she captioned two black and white photos on her Instagram post.
Exciting: A year after surprising the world with her hit Folklore, Taylor Swift gave her fans an unexpected anniversary gift
Swift, 31, continues: ‘With tall tall trees and salty air. Where you can wear lace nightgowns that make you look like a Victorian ghost every day and no one will look at you because no one is around. It’s just you and your imaginary cabin and the stories you make up to pass the time.’
“To thank you for everything you’ve done to make this album what it was, I wanted to give you the original version of The Lakes,” she gushed.
The superstar concluded: ‘Happy 1 year anniversary to Rebekah, Betty, Inez, James, Augustine and the lives we’ve all created around them. Happy birthday, folklore.’
Surprise! To the delight of millions of Swifties, the 11-time Grammy winner released the “original” and orchestral version of her hit bonus track The Lakes.
In two unseen images of the star, she appeared relaxed as she frolicked with two hot drinks in her hands and a subdued smile.
In the other image, she jumped from rock to rock while hiding her blue eyes under black sunglasses.
Both photos are believed to have been taken by her beau Joe Alwyn, who previously posted solo shots of herself from the same or a very similar location.
“It’s been a year since we escaped the real world together and introduced ourselves somewhere simpler,” she wrote on Instagram
Upon its release, Folklore broke several chart-topping records in its first week of sales, becoming the best-selling record of 2020.
In March, at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, she accepted Album of the Year for Folklore along with collaborators Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner, Jonathan Low and Laura Sisk.
Although her longtime friend, 30, was not present at the ceremony, she thanked him during her emotional acceptance speech.
‘Joe, he’s the first person I play every song I write. And I had the best time writing songs with you in quarantine,” the star gushed.
Winner: In March at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, she accepted Album of the Year for Folklore, along with collaborators Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner, Jonathan Low and Laura Sisk
Folklore’s one-year anniversary comes just days after it was revealed she won’t be entering “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” for the Grammy and CMA Awards.
The singer has already won four Grammys for the original 2008 recording of Fearless and several CMA Awards, and despite the new release featuring six new songs, Swift decided not to submit the LP for awards at the major ceremonies.
A statement issued to Billboard from Republic Records read: “After careful consideration, Taylor Swift will not submit Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in any category at this year’s Grammy and CMA Awards.
Big step: Swift’s four-year beau Joe Alwyn wrote two songs on the record under the pseudonym William Bowery (pictured in 2019)
“Fearless has already won four Grammys, including Album of the Year, as well as the 2009/2010 CMA Award for Album of the Year and remains the most awarded country album of all time.”
However, the hitmaker Shake It Off will enter her 2020 LP Evermore in all categories at the Grammys.
Taylor decided to re-record her early albums, including Fearless, after Scooter Braun bought her former record label, Big Machine Label Group, for $300 million, thereby acquiring the rights to her old catalog.
Bringing in: Despite not touring during the pandemic, Taylor still brought in a hefty paycheck from her music (pictured above, her recent re-recording of her hit album Fearless)
And Scooter’s Ithaca Holdings sold the catalog to Shamrock Holdings.
After the purchase, Taylor claimed she was never given the opportunity to buy her own master recordings.
About her plans to re-record her records, she said: “It’s going to be fun because it’s going to feel like regaining freedom and taking back what’s mine.
‘When I created’ [these songs], I didn’t know what they would become. Going back in there and knowing it meant something to people is actually a really nice way to celebrate what the fans have done for my music.”
Hard at work: Taylor decided to re-record her early albums, including Fearless, after Scooter Braun bought her former record label, Big Machine Label Group, for $300 million, thereby acquiring the rights to her old catalog; pictured in 2019