Taylor Swift ends 2023 on a high note by being named Time Magazine’s person of the year. The singer follows the likes of Barack Obama, Greta Thunberg and Volodymyr Zelensky. She told the magazine that she is the proudest and happiest she has ever felt. The award is given to an event or person considered to have had the most influence on international events over the past year.
Right now, Taylor Swift is having a gap before launching the Asian and Australian legs of her Eras tour in February of 2024. The shows arrive at Europe in May of the same year, and Swift is also set to release a re-recorded version of her album Reputation in the new year.
Her wish to re-make all of her first 6 albums came after her old record label, Big Machine, sold her master tapes to music mogul Scooter Braun in 2019. Braun later sold the tapes to an investment company. Speaking to Time, Swift said she had initially recoiled at the idea, which had been suggested by both her father and fellow pop star Kelly Clarkson. “I’d look at them and go, ‘How can I possibly do that?’ Nobody wants to redo their homework if on the way to school, the wind blows your book report away.”
In the end, she took up the project. “It’s all in how you deal with loss,” she says. “I respond to extreme pain with defiance.”