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Day: November 12, 2021

Taylor Swift released a new copy of 2012’s Red, the second album she has re-recorded to reclaim her songs, and it’s better than the original

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That pitch sounded reasonable enough. After all, what currently charting pop star would bother spending years of their life recreating decades-old work?

As it turns out, Swift’s above average level of determination has kicked off one of the most interesting experiments in modern music history. One of the most commercially successful artists of the past decade is painstakingly creating a copy of her first six albums. There have been examples of famous artists recording new copies of their songs, such as Frank Sinatra and Def Leppard. But those cases were before the streaming era. Swift’s new versions now sit alongside the private equity-owned tracks on people’s phones.

This week Swift will release her second re-recorded album, a copy of 2012’s break-up anthem Red. It’s still unclear how much the re-recording of old albums like this will affect Shamrock’s $300m investment. That price includes an earnout payable to Braun and Carlyle if the asset hits certain targets, according to people familiar with the deal. Excluding the earnout, the price is closer to $250m.

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Elsewhere » Rolling Stone / The Guardian

Cpl. Francis Pegahmagabow » The story of Canada’s most decorated Indigenous soldier

Mike Drolet / Global News »

Cpl. Francis Pegahmagabow, known as “Peggy,” is the most decorated Indigenous soldier in Canadian history and the deadliest sniper of World War One.

A hundred years ago, when Indigenous people weren’t allowed to volunteer to fight in the war, Canadian Forces began to suffer significant losses and only then was Pegahmagabow to enlist.

Over the next four years, he fought in the most horrific battles of the war, including Passchendaele, Somme and the second battle of Ypres when the Germans used chlorine gas.

“He won the military medal three times, and is one of 38 Canadians to ever do this and those are awarded by the Battalion Brigade Commander,” notes author and historian Timothy Winegard.

So how is it that Pegahmagabow’s exploits are not taught in Canadian history?

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