Taylor Swift is Billboard‘s Woman Of The Decade and celebrates the salute with a commemorative cover.
The Pop force, who is gearing up for her ‘Lover Fest’ tour, poses it up in a demure shoot lensed by Sami Drasin.
Within its inner-pages, she opens up about plans to re-record her past albums following a highly publicized fall-out with Scooter Braun and her former label boss – who negotiated a sale of her catalogue.
She also waxes candid about the reform needed with industry contracts.
Head below for pics and quotes…
On Record Labels & Contracts:
“We have a long way to go. I think that we’re working off of an antiquated contractual system. We’re galloping toward a new industry but not thinking about recalibrating financial structures and compensation rates, taking care of producers and writers.
We need to think about how we handle master recordings, because this isn’t it. When I stood up and talked about this, I saw a lot of fans saying, “Wait, the creators of this work do not own their work, ever?” I spent 10 years of my life trying rigorously to purchase my masters outright and was then denied that opportunity, and I just don’t want that to happen to another artist if I can help it. I want to at least raise my hand and say, “This is something that an artist should be able to earn back over the course of their deal — not as a renegotiation ploy — and something that artists should maybe have the first right of refusal to buy.” God, I would have paid so much for them! Anything to own my work that was an actual sale option, but it wasn’t given to me.”
On The Importance Of Writing As An Artist:
“Thankfully, there’s power in writing your music. Every week, we get a dozen synch requests to use “Shake It Off” in some advertisement or “Blank Space” in some movie trailer, and we say no to every single one of them. And the reason I’m rerecording my music next year is because I do want my music to live on. I do want it to be in movies, I do want it to be in commercials. But I only want that if I own it.”
On Timeline For Re-Recording Old Albums:
“I don’t know! But it’s going to be fun, because it’ll feel like regaining a freedom and taking back what’s mine. When I created [these songs], I didn’t know what they would grow up to be. Going back in and knowing that it meant something to people is actually a really beautiful way to celebrate what the fans have done for my music.”