Taylor Swift officially has a new home.
The 28-year-old superstar just shook up the music industry in a major way with her announcement on Monday that she will be leaving Big Machine Label Group 12 years after releasing her debut album, signing a new deal with Republic Records and Universal Music Group. And she did it in a big way, claiming complete ownership over her entire catalog of songs moving forward.
"I'm ecstatic to announce that my musical home will be Republic Records and Universal Music Group. Over the years, Sir Lucian Grainge and Monte Lipman have been such incredible partners. It's so thrilling to me that they, and the UMG team, will be my label family moving forward," the 10-time Grammy winner announced via her Instagram. "It's also incredibly exciting to know that I'll own all of my master recordings that I make from my own."
Since releasing her self-titled debut album at 16 years old, Swift has put out six albums, selling more than 40 million albums and becoming one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Oh, and let's not forget that she writes all of her own songs, with many reading like her own personal journey entries which have become the soundtrack to many of her fans' lives.
"I'm extremely grateful to get to do what I love, especially with the people I've been fortunate enough to work with," she wrote. "The best thing I've been lucky enough to receive is the dedication, trust and loyalty of the fans who have cared about the words and melodies I've written. my biggest goal moving forward is to make you proud. I'm so excited. I can't wait to show you what I'm making next."
Of course, Swift's major move marks the beginning of a new era for her as an artist and a businesswoman. To properly look back on and celebrate her historic 12 years at Big Machine, we ranked her best 13 songs ever, and trust us when we say it was a long and difficult journey,but we made it "Out of the Woods"...even if that didn't make the list.
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