Fearless (Taylor's Version)

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Fearless (Taylor's Version)
Fearless (Taylor's Version) (2021 album cover) by Taylor Swift.png
Studio album (re-recording) by
ReleasedApril 9, 2021 (2021-04-09)
RecordedNovember 2020 – January 2021
Genre
Length106:20
LabelRepublic
Producer
Taylor Swift chronology
Evermore
(2020)
Fearless (Taylor's Version)
(2021)
Singles from Fearless (Taylor's Version)
  1. "Love Story (Taylor's Version)"
    Released: February 12, 2021
  2. "You All Over Me"
    Released: March 26, 2021
  3. "Mr. Perfectly Fine"
    Released: April 7, 2021

Fearless (Taylor's Version) is the first re-recorded album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, released on April 9, 2021, through Republic Records. It is a re-recording of Swift's second studio album, Fearless (2008), and the first of six re-recorded albums Swift plans to release, following the dispute regarding ownership of the masters to her first six studio albums.

The album comprises re-recorded versions of all 19 tracks from the platinum edition of Fearless, Swift's 2010 soundtrack single "Today Was a Fairytale", and six additional "From the Vault" songs not included on Fearless. Recreating the instrumentation of the 2008 recording, the album was produced by Swift, Christopher Rowe, Jack Antonoff, and Aaron Dessner. Out of the 26 songs, 12 were written solely by Swift. Colbie Caillat, Maren Morris and Keith Urban contribute guest vocals.

Fearless (Taylor's Version) was preceded by three singles, all of which entered the top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart: "Love Story (Taylor's Version)" topped the chart, "You All Over Me" landed at number six, followed by "Mr. Perfectly Fine" reaching number two. The album received critical acclaim, with emphasis on its nostalgic sentiment, Swift's matured vocals, and crisper production. It reached number one in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, the United Kingdom and the United States, becoming the first re-recorded album ever to top the Billboard 200 chart.

Background[edit]

Fearless was an album full of magic and curiosity, the bliss and devastation of youth. It was the diary of the adventures and explorations [of] a teenage girl who was learning tiny lessons with every new crack in the facade of the fairytale ending she'd been shown in the movies.

— Swift reflecting on Fearless in 2021[1]

Swift released her second studio album, Fearless, in 2008 to critical and commercial success. It was distributed by American record label Big Machine. Fearless is a country pop effort. It spent 11 weeks atop the US Billboard 200 chart and became its best-selling album of 2009.[2] It spawned five top-10 entries on the Billboard Hot 100, including the crossover singles "Love Story" and "You Belong with Me", and catapulted Swift to mainstream prominence. The most awarded country album in history,[3] Fearless won four Grammy Awards at the 52nd ceremony, including Album of the Year, the first of Swift's three wins in that category. The album was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America, and is credited for paving Swift's way to becoming one of the biggest acts of her generation.[4][5][6]

In 2018, having recorded six studio albums under Big Machine, Swift's contract with the label expired. She signed a new contract with record label Republic Records, which is a division of Universal Music Group.[7] In 2019, Big Machine Records was acquired by American talent manager and businessman Scooter Braun and his company Ithaca Holdings.[8] As part of the acquisition, ownership of the masters to Swift's first six studio albums, including Fearless, transferred to Braun.[9] The master is the first recording of an audio recording, from which copies are made for sales and distribution; the owner of the master, therefore, owns all copies, such as digital versions for download or on streaming platforms, or physical versions available on CDs and vinyl records.[10] In August 2019, Swift denounced the purchase, and announced her intention to re-record her first six studio albums so as to own their masters.[11] In November 2020, Braun sold the masters to Shamrock Holdings, an American private equity firm owned by the Disney estate, under the terms of acquisition that Braun and Ithaca Holdings will continue to benefit from the albums financially.[12] Swift began re-recording the albums in November 2020.[13]

Production[edit]

In terms of production, I really wanted to stay very loyal to the initial melodies that I had thought of for these songs; and so we really did go in and try to create a 'the same but better' version. We kept all the same parts that I initially dreamed up for these songs. But if there was any way that we could improve upon the sonic quality, we did [...] I did go in line by line and listen to every single vocal and think, you know, what are my inflections here. If I can improve upon it, I did. But I really did want this to be very true to what I initially thought of and what I had initially written; but better, obviously.

— Swift on re-recording the album[14]

Swift told People that she did not significantly alter the lyrical content, vocal melodies and instrumental arrangements of the 2008 recording. However, the sonic textures were changed in the re-recording. She added that she studied Fearless thoroughly to replicate the country inflections of her early vocals.[14] Swift recruited members of her older touring band, who played the instruments on the 2008 recording, to do the same for Fearless (Taylor's Version).[15]

Music and lyrics[edit]

Fearless (Taylor's Version) features guest vocals from (from left to right) Colbie Caillat, Maren Morris and Keith Urban.

The standard edition of Fearless (Taylor's Version) is one hour and 46 minutes long, consisting of 26 songs, the last six of which are noted as "from the Vault" tracks. The deluxe edition adds an extra track, "Love Story (Elvira remix)". The album features guest appearances from American singers Colbie Caillat and Maren Morris, and New Zealand singer Keith Urban, on "Breathe", You All Over Me", and "That's When", respectively. 12 of the tracks on Fearless (Taylor's Version) were written solely by Swift; the rest credits Liz Rose, Hillary Lindsey, Scooter Carusoe, John Rich, the Warren Brothers, and Tommy Lee James as co-writers. Cary Barlowe and Nathan Barlowe, members of American band Luna Halo, are also credited as songwriters on "Untouchable", which is a cover of the band's song. The album was produced by Swift, Christopher Rowe, Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner, the first two of which produced the majority, while the latter two, who co-produced Swift's 2020 albums Folklore and Evermore, were involved with the vault tracks only.[16][17]

Composition[edit]

In comparison to the 2008 version, there are no lyrical alterations on the re-recorded album,[18] except for a few minor changes.[19] The lyrics explore the beginning of Swift's adolescence, teenage romance, infatuations, and heartbreaks, including themes of empowerment and familial love.[20][21] Rain is a recurring motif found in the album's lyricism.[22] Replicating the former sonically as well, Fearless (Taylor's Version) is a country and country-pop record with pop rock tendencies, making use of the original keys, tempos, vocal styles, such as the twang, vibrato and grain, and traditional instruments like guitar, drums, banjo, fiddle and strings. However, reviewers from The New York Times wrote that her singing voice is stronger, more controlled, and deeper in the re-recorded album, discarding the nasal tone of her early vocals.[18] Clash critic Lucy Harbron opined that Swift's vocals have evolved "into her own unique blend of country, pop and indie".[23]

"From the Vault" songs[edit]

Tracks 21 through 26 are branded as "from the Vault", which are songs that did not make the final cut of Fearless (2008). "You All Over Me" is an acoustic country pop song[24][25] with soaring fiddles, lilting guitars,[25] harmonica,[26] pulsing synth drums, hushed percussions,[27] and Morris' backing vocals. Lyrically, the track details not being able to get over a former lover, while trying to find acceptance and peace.[28] Driven by energetic guitars[29] and drums,[26] "Mr. Perfectly Fine" is a midtempo[30] country pop[31] and pop rock[3] song with elements of rock[29] and rock and roll.[27] Its lyrics find Swift navigating the tumultuous feelings ensued post-breakup, using witty wordplay.[31] The song contains the line "Mr. casually cruel", which has been associated with Swift's 2012 song "All Too Well".[32]

The slow-paced "We Were Happy" is about reminiscing over the highest points of a derailed relationship.[26] Its minimal instrumentals[23] incorporate strings, a chiming guitar riff and lush harmonies.[33][26] In the sparse "Don't You",[20] the narrator runs into a former lover,[26] and pines for their past relationship.[22] Its production incorporates keyboards, electric guitars, and drums layered over each other.[26] "That's When" is a duet with Urban, marking Swift's second collaboration with him, after "Highway Don't Care" (2012).[34] The song is about two past lovers reuniting.[22] It is a "woozy" country-pop tune with euphoric layered vocals, giddy harmonies, and 1989-style production.[35] "Bye Bye Baby", originally titled "One Thing", concludes the album with a notion of "Bye, bye, to everything I thought was on my side".[23][36]

Release and promotion[edit]

Swift announced Fearless (Taylor's Version) and the lead single "Love Story (Taylor's Version)" on February 11, 2021. Fearless (Taylor's Version) contains 26 songs, consisting of all the tracks from Fearless: Platinum Edition (2009), "Today Was a Fairytale"—the 2010 single from the soundtrack of Valentine's Day (2010), and six new bonus tracks "from the vault" that did not make the 2008 album.[37] The album was one of the most anticipated releases of 2021.[38] "Love Story (Taylor's Version)" topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, giving Swift her eighth number-one single and first ever number-one debut on the chart. It was her first number-one on the chart since "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (2012), and made her the second artist in history to top the chart with the original and re-recorded versions of the same song, after Dolly Parton with "I Will Always Love You".[39]

One of the vault tracks, "You All Over Me" featuring Maren Morris, was released as the second single on March 25, 2021.[40] The third single, another vault track—"Mr. Perfectly Fine"—was released with surprise on April 7, 2021, alongside its lyric video.[41][42] "You All Over Me" reached number six on the Hot Country Songs chart,[43] while "Mr. Perfectly Fine" reached number two.[44]

On April 2, 2021, Swift teased the titles of the vault tracks through an animated clip containing scrambled anagrams.[45] The next day, after the fans decoded the titles, she revealed the full track listing of the album, which included a collaboration with Australian country singer Keith Urban on the vault track "That's When". Urban confirmed the involvement of Swift's longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff in the production of the vault tracks, tweeting the same day that "Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner asked if I'd join their band and I said hell yes!". Subsequently, Swift tweeted "I was [Urban's] opening act during the Fearless album era and his music has inspired me endlessly… I'm counting down the minutes til we can all jump into this brave world together, filled with equal parts nostalgia and brand newness". American singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat, who was featured on 2008's "Breathe", re-recorded her vocals for the album.[46][47]

Swift teased snippets of six tracks off of the album prior to its release.[48] She teased "Breathe (Taylor's Version)" on Tumblr, "Hey Stephen (Taylor's Version)" on Twitter, as well as "Fearless (Taylor's Version)" on Good Morning America. She additionally recruited Olivia Rodrigo and Conan Gray to share snippets of "You Belong with Me (Taylor's Version)" and "White Horse (Taylor's Version)" on TikTok and Instagram. Writing that "it's hard to imagine any other star engaging in an act of business retribution while also making it seem so joyful and so participatory for her fans", The New York Times opined that Swift's promotional roll-out leading to the album, incorporating teasers and easter eggs, is a "communal and celebratory experience".[18][49]

Fearless (Taylor's Version) was released on April 9, 2021. The standard physical copies were made available for pre-order on Swift's website.[50] CDs with collectible posters are available for pre-order exclusively at Target.[51] Swift appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on April 13, 2021.[52] Swift released a compilation chapter, entitled Fearless (Taylor's Version): The Halfway Out the Door Chapter, on May 13.[53]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.7/10[54]
Metacritic82/100[55]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[56]
The A.V. ClubA[22]
Clash8/10[23]
The Daily Telegraph5/5 stars[21]
The Guardian4/5 stars[15]
The Independent4/5 stars[33]
NME4/5 stars[35]
Pitchfork7.5/10[57]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[34]
The Times4/5 stars[58]

On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized score out of 100 to ratings from publications, Fearless (Taylor's Version) received a weighted mean score of 82 based on 17 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[55]

The Daily Telegraph's Neil McCormick wrote that Fearless (Taylor's Version) is "an exceptionally fine album of country-pop songs" that details Swift's "romantic fixations" when she was entering adulthood. He felt her vocals had a "fuller" tone and timbre, but still sounded like her 18-year-old self, preserving her "light country twang".[21] Writing for I, Sarah Carson said Fearless had proved "prophetic" and "timeless", chronicling universal themes of "breakups, dreams, frustrations, first kisses". She highlighted the "from the Vault" tracks for showcasing Swift's maturity.[20] The Independent's Alexandra Pollard praised the album's nostalgia, faithfulness to the 2008 record, and the addition of "oddly comforting" vault tracks.[33] Saloni Gajjar of The A.V. Club wrote that Fearless (Taylor's Version) showcased Swift's mature vocals and "sharp sense of musicianship and instrumentation", describing it as a "mellifluous upgrade to an already remarkable album".[22]

Will Hodgkinson of The Times said Fearless (Taylor's Version) was "a masterclass in classic Nashville songwriting", a "sweet, nostalgic" and "wholesome" record that documents Swift's coming of age.[58] Alexis Petridis of The Guardian wrote that it emanates "wistful reminiscence about female adolescence", with "a brilliant fixing of the understandable teenage impulse to mythologise the recent past, to carry on as if it's ancient history".[15] NME critic Hannah Mylrea said the album "celebrates and stays true to Swift's Fearless era", with warmer and crisper production.[35] Jonathan Bernstein of Rolling Stone appreciated Swift's "richer, deeper" vocals, which he felt embodied "her earlier country affectations". He said her vocals mimicked "the polished Nashville textures and soundscapes" of the original album, and that it was now placed lower in the mix.[34] Spin's Bobby Olivier called the album a "thrilling timewarp" and a "compelling revisitation" with the same rigor given to all of Swift's projects. He praised the "meticulous replication" of the production.[17]

Variety critic Chris Willman also praised Swift's recreation of the album and her sonic experimentation on the vault tracks, saying: "What they say about actors 'disappearing into the role'? That really applies to Taylor Swift, playing herself."[59] Clash writer Lucy Harbron praised its fresh sound and Swift's strong, relaxed vocals; she wrote that the record retains the original substance "to not uproot these songs' place in people's lives", and that only the texture had been enhanced, which results in a "bittersweet magic that has millions feel nostalgic".[23] Ross Horton, writing for The Line of Best Fit, called Fearless (Taylor's Version) "a treasure chest of riches" that breathed "new life into a vital piece of her early work", re-introducing it to a new generation of fans.[27] Gigwise's Kelsey Barnes said that "no one has penned songs about teenhood better than Taylor Swift", and that the album offers listeners the opportunity to look back on their "exaggerated" and "melodramatic" teenage experiences. Barnes picked "Change" and "We Were Happy" as standouts.[60] In a mixed review, Mikael Wood of Los Angeles Times felt that the vault tracks lacked "the trademark specificity that defines Swift's A-game", and called the re-recording "bare-knuckled capitalism".[61] Critics from The New York Times saw it as a fight for artists' rights and industrial ethics.[18]

Commercial performance[edit]

Fearless (Taylor's Version) garnered the biggest opening day for an album on Spotify in 2021, tallying more than 50 million global streams in its first day on the platform.[62] Its tracks claimed the top ten spots of Apple Music's global country songs chart.[63] Fourteen tracks from the album charted on the Billboard Global 200 chart, with 8 inside the top 100.[64]

United States[edit]

Fearless (Taylor's Version) was Swift's ninth consecutive album to debut atop the Billboard 200, with first-week 291,000 album-equivalent units (of which 179,000 were pure copies). The album marked the biggest sales week of 2021, surpassing Morgan Wallen's Dangerous: The Double Album, the biggest weekly streams ever for a country album by a female artist, and the biggest opening week for a country album since Luke Bryan's Kill the Lights (2015).[44][65] Fearless (Taylor's Version) is also the first ever re-recorded album to reach number one in the US. With Folklore, Evermore, and Fearless (Taylor's Version), Swift became the first female artist to have three number-one albums in less than a year, breaking the previous record held by Donna Summer. The four-month gap between Evermore and Fearless (Taylor's Version) broke Swift's own record for the shortest gap between number-one albums by a woman.[65]

On the Billboard Top Country Albums, Fearless (Taylor's Version) earned Swift her sixth number one, her first since Red (2012). Eighteen of the album's tracks charted on the Hot Country Songs chart, the most ever in a week by a woman, besting her own record of 12 entries from Red. Nine tracks charted simultaneously on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart dated April 24, 2021, extending Swift's record for the most Hot 100 entries by women (136). Aided by Fearless (Taylor's Version), Swift returned to the top of the Billboard Artist 100 chart for a record-extending 47th week.[44][66]

Other markets[edit]

Fearless (Taylor's Version) debuted atop Australia's ARIA Albums Chart as Swift's eighth number-one album in the country. It made her the female artist with the second-most number-one albums (behind Madonna with 11), and the artist with the second-most consecutive chart-toppers (behind Eminem with nine). Swift was the first artist to top the Australian albums chart with three different albums in a 12-month period.[67] The 17-week gap between Evermore and Fearless (Taylor's Version) broke the record for least amount of weeks between two different ARIA number-one albums, that Swift previously set with Folklore and Evermore (20 weeks).[68] Fearless (Taylor's Version) topped the New Zealand Albums Chart as well.[69]

The album launched at number one on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart, marking Swift's ninth chart-topping album in Canada.[70] Sixteen tracks from the album charted simultaneously on the Canadian Hot 100 chart,[71] increasing Swift's career entries on the chart to a total of 148.[72]

In the United Kingdom, the album arrived at number one on the UK Albums Chart, marking Swift's seventh chart-topping album. Swift is the only female artist with so many number-one albums in the UK in the 21st-century, with the third-most in history, after Madonna (12) and Kylie Minogue (8). The album surpassed the peak of its 2008 counterpart, and broke the Beatles' 54-year-old record for the fastest accumulation of three number one albums. The band achieved the feat in 364 days between 1965-1966, whereas Swift eclipsed it in 259 days.[73][74] Fearless (Taylor's Version) reached number one on the UK Apple Music chart as well, making Swift the first female country artist to top it.[63] It spent two weeks atop the UK's Official Country Albums Chart.[75] As of May 2021, Swift is the best-selling artist of 2021 in the UK.[74]

In Ireland, Swift scored her sixth number-one album on the Irish Albums Chart with Fearless (Taylor's Version), outpeaking the original record, which peaked at number seven in 2009. Swift also extended her record as the woman with the most chart-topping albums in Ireland this millennium.[76] The album debuted inside the top-10 in many other European markets, such as Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Spain. In territories where the sales performance of the re-recording was combined with the original, Fearless reached new peaks bolstered by Fearless (Taylor's Version). Having initially peaked at number 14 on Austrian Albums Chart dated May 29, 2009, the album reached a new peak of number 2 in the week dated April 23, 2021.[77] In Germany, it re-entered at number 2 on Offizielle Top 100 dated April 16, 2021, besting its older peak of number 12.[78] It rose to newer peaks of number 2 and 3 on Norway's Topp 40 Albums and Switzerland's Hitparade Albums Top 100 charts, from numbers 5 and 35, respectively.[79][80]

Impact[edit]

Fearless (2008) was charting at number 157 on the Billboard 200 before the release of Fearless (Taylor's Version), after which the 2008 album dropped 19% in sales and fell off the chart entirely, with the re-recording at number one. Ben Sisario of The New York Times commented that Fearless (Taylor's) Version) has "accomplished what appeared to be one of Swift's goals: burying the original Fearless."[81][65] Variety contributor Chris Willman underlined the critical and commercial success of Fearless (Taylor's Version) and stated that Swift's highly publicized move to reclaim her masters would inspire other artists to "further deputize or weaponize fans in their own business disputes", unlike the less successful attempts by her contemporaries to own their music.[82]

The Evening Standard said that Swift, "one of few artists with the power and profile to create change in the music world", stressed "the importance of artists owning their work and refusing to let others capitalize on their creativity", and motivates less established musicians to fight for better record deals.[83] Belfast Telegraph praised Swift for "turning bad blood with Scooter Braun into a revolution for female artists" and credited Swift for encouraging female musicians like Sky Ferreira and Halsey to speak about their struggles in the music industry.[84] Clash wrote that Fearless (Taylor's Version) increased awareness of contracts that exploit young artists, which had become a part of Swift's musical legacy.[85] The New Yorker asserted that the term "Taylor's Version" Swift uses for the re-recorded album is "a stroke of strategic genius".[86] Junkee opinioned that the move is "a big precedent to set for an industry that doesn't protect its artists very well".[87] Stereogum said that it could "set a new trend in motion" and influence other artists to re-record their past work.[88]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks on all editions are noted as "Taylor's Version". Tracks 21 to 26 are additionally noted as "from the Vault". Tracks 1 to 20 are produced by Taylor Swift and Christopher Rowe.

Fearless (Taylor's Version) – Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Fearless" 4:01
2."Fifteen"Swift 4:54
3."Love Story"Swift 3:55
4."Hey Stephen"Swift 4:14
5."White Horse"
  • Swift
  • Rose
 3:54
6."You Belong with Me"
  • Swift
  • Rose
 3:51
7."Breathe" (featuring Colbie Caillat)
  • Swift
  • Caillat
 4:23
8."Tell Me Why"
  • Swift
  • Rose
 3:20
9."You're Not Sorry"Swift 4:21
10."The Way I Loved You" 4:03
11."Forever & Always"Swift 3:45
12."The Best Day"Swift 4:05
13."Change"Swift 4:39
14."Jump Then Fall"Swift 3:57
15."Untouchable"
 5:12
16."Forever & Always" (piano version)Swift 4:27
17."Come in with the Rain"
  • Swift
  • Rose
 3:57
18."Superstar"
  • Swift
  • Rose
 4:23
19."The Other Side of the Door"
  • Swift
 3:58
20."Today Was a Fairytale"Swift 4:01
21."You All Over Me" (featuring Maren Morris)
  • Swift
  • Scooter Carusoe
3:40
22."Mr. Perfectly Fine"Swift4:37
23."We Were Happy"
  • Swift
  • Rose
  • Swift
  • Dessner
4:04
24."That's When" (featuring Keith Urban)
  • Swift
  • Antonoff
3:09
25."Don't You"
  • Swift
  • James
  • Swift
  • Antonoff
3:28
26."Bye Bye Baby"
  • Swift
  • Rose
  • Swift
  • Antonoff
4:02
Total length:106:20
Fearless (Taylor's Version) – Deluxe edition (bonus track)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
27."Love Story" (Elvira remix)Swift
  • Swift
  • Rowe
  • Elvira Anderfjärd[a]
3:53
Total length:110:13

Compilation[edit]

Fearless (Taylor's Version): The Halfway Out the Door Chapter[53]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Mr. Perfectly Fine"Swift
  • Swift
  • Antonoff
4:37
2."Forever & Always"Swift
  • Swift
  • Rowe
3:45
3."White Horse"
  • Swift
  • Rose
  • Swift
  • Rowe
3:54
4."You're Not Sorry"Swift
  • Swift
  • Rowe
4:21
5."Breathe" (featuring Colbie Callait)
  • Swift
  • Callait
  • Swift
  • Rowe
4:23
6."The Other Side of the Door"Swift
  • Swift
  • Rowe
3:58
Total length:24:58

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ additional production

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[16]

Musicians[edit]

  • Taylor Swift – lead vocals, songwriting, production (all tracks); background vocals (11, 14–16)
  • Mike Meadows – 12-string acoustic guitar (1), acoustic guitar (1–3, 5–8, 10–15, 17–19), background vocals (1, 3–5, 9–11, 17–19), Hammond B3 (1, 4), mandolin (1–3, 6–8, 15, 18–20), banjo (3, 6, 8, 10, 14, 17, 19, 20), finger clicking (4), piano (7, 10), electric guitar (9, 10), synthesizer (13, 16), synthesizer programming (13, 16), dobro (19)
  • Caitlin Evanson – background vocals (1–4, 6, 8, 13)
  • Paul Sidoti – background vocals (1, 3, 8, 11), electric guitar (1–3, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 17–20), piano (5, 9, 10, 16), acoustic guitar (7)
  • Amos Heller – bass (1–15, 17–20)
  • Matt Billingslea – drums (1–15, 17–20), finger clicking (4), drum programming (6, 11, 14), electronic percussion (19, 20)
  • Max Berstein – electric guitar (1–3, 7, 9–11, 13, 14, 18, 19), vibraphone (4), steel guitar (6, 8, 17), synthesizer (15, 16, 18, 20), synthesizer programming (15, 16, 20), banjo (20), glockenspiel (20)
  • Jonathan Yudkin – fiddle (1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 11, 14), cello (2), strings (5, 7, 9, 10, 16, 17)
  • Christopher Rowe – production (1–20), background vocals (2, 8, 10, 17, 20)
  • Liz Rose – songwriting (1, 5, 6, 8, 17, 18, 23, 26)
  • Hillary Lindsey – songwriting (1)
  • Dan Burns – drum programming (6, 11, 14), synthesizer programming (13, 15, 16, 20), electronic percussion (19, 20)
  • Colbie Caillat – vocals, songwriting (7)
  • Brian Pruitt – drum programming (8)
  • John Rich – songwriting (10)
  • Cary Barlowe – songwriting (15)
  • Nathan Barlowe – songwriting (15)
  • Tommy Lee James – songwriting (15, 25)
  • Aaron Dessner – production, acoustic guitar, bass, drum programming, electric guitar, keyboards, percussion, synthesizer (21, 23); piano (21)
  • Eric Slick – drums (21, 23)
  • Josh Kaufman – electric guitar, harmonica (21); acoustic guitar, lap steel guitar (23)
  • Maren Morris – vocals (21)
  • Scooter Carusoe – songwriting (21)
  • Jack Antonoff – production (22, 24–26), acoustic guitar (22, 24), background vocals (22, 25), bass (22, 24, 26), electric guitar (22, 24–26), percussion (22, 24, 26), keyboards (22, 25), programming (22, 25, 26), synthesizer (22), drums (24, 25), synthesizer programming (25), piano (26)
  • Sean Hutchinson – drums (22, 24, 26)
  • Mikey Freedom Hart – electric guitar (22, 24–26), pedal steel (22, 24), 12-string acoustic guitar (22), bass (24, 25), celesta (24), drums (24), Hammond B3 (24), keyboards (24, 25), piano (24, 26), percussion (25, 26), Rhodes (25), Wurlitzer organ (26)
  • Michael Riddleberger – percussion (22, 24, 26)
  • Evan Smith – saxophone (22, 24, 26), flute (24–26); percussion, strings, synthesizer programming (25)
  • Keith Urban – background vocals, electric guitar (23); 12-string acoustic guitar, vocals (24)
  • Clarice Jensen – cello (23)
  • Brad Warren – songwriting (24)
  • Brett Warren – songwriting (24)
  • Bobby Hawk – violin (25, 26)

Technical[edit]

  • Randy Merrillmastering engineer
  • Serban Gheneamixer (1–20, 22, 24–26)
  • Jonathan Low – mixer, engineer (21, 23)
  • John Hanes – engineer (1–20, 22, 24–26)
  • Aaron Dessner – engineer, recording engineer (21, 23)
  • Bella Blasko – engineer, recording engineer (21, 23)
  • David Payne – recording engineer (1–20)
  • Christopher Rowe – recording engineer (2, 3), vocal engineer (1, 6–26)
  • Jack Antonoff – recording engineer (22, 24–26)
  • Laura Sisk – recording engineer (22, 24–26)
  • Jon Gautier – recording engineer (25, 26)
  • Mike Williams – recording engineer (25, 26)
  • Sam Holland – vocal engineer (3–5)
  • Greg Kurstin – vocal engineer (21)
  • Julian Burg – vocal engineer (21)
  • Nick Rowse – vocal engineer (23, 24)
  • Derek Garten – additional engineer (1, 4–20)
  • Lowell Reynolds – additional engineer, assistant recording engineer (1, 4–20)
  • Sean Badum – assistant recording engineer (3)
  • John Rooney – assistant recording engineer (24–26)
  • Jon Sher – assistant recording engineer (24–26)

Charts[edit]

Chart performance for Fearless (Taylor's Version)
Chart (2021) Peak
position
Argentine Albums (CAPIF)[89] 1
Australian Albums (ARIA)[90] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[91] 2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[92] 3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[93] 8
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[94] 1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[95] 8
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[96] 2
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[97] 22
French Albums (SNEP)[98] 26
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[99] 2
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[100] 23
Irish Albums (OCC)[101] 1
Italian Albums (FIMI)[102] 12
Lithuanian Albums (AGATA)[103] 14
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[69] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[104] 2
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[105] 29
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[106] 2
Scottish Albums (OCC)[107] 1
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[108] 3
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[109] 17
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[110] 3
UK Albums (OCC)[111] 1
UK Country Albums (OCC)[112] 1
US Billboard 200[113] 1
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[114] 1

Release history[edit]

Release dates and formats for Fearless (Taylor's Version)
Region Date Format Version Label Ref.
Various April 9, 2021 Standard Republic [115][116]
CD Deluxe [117]
Australia [118]
Japan April 30, 2021 Limited Universal Music Japan [119][120]
Various May 13, 2021 Streaming The Halfway Out the Door Chapter Republic [53]
June 4, 2021 Cassette Deluxe [121]
Canada July 4, 2021 [122]
Various August 27, 2021 LP [123]

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