Some Taylor Swift fans are seriously convinced that the songstress just sent a secret message to Scooter Braun with a song cover in the latest episode of the TV show Killing Eve. Yep, on Sunday, May 24, the blonde beauty took to Twitter and praised the band Jack Leopards & The Dolphin Club for their version of her fan-favorite track, “Look What You Made Me Do,” which was featured in the popular AMC series.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 25, 2020
But when the Lover singer’s fans looked up the band, it seemed they didn’t exist. That’s right, according to social media, the group’s only song was the slowed town version of “LWYMMD,” and that made some Swifites seriously suspicious. Under further investigation, some people also noticed that on streaming services, the name Nils Sjöberg was credited as a producer for the cover. For those who don’t know, Nils is the pseudonym Taylor used when she cowrote the Calvin Harris song “This Is What You Came For.” Some eagle eyed fans also pointed out that Nils Sjöberg also appeared in the “Look What You Made Me Do” music video back in 2017. So, it appeared that this particular cover may have been produced by Taylor herself.
According to The Independent, Taylor’s younger brother, Austin Swift, once changed his name on Twitter to The Dolphin Club, and was spotted a the studio with his sister and her writing partner, Jack Antonoff, in 2019, which led fans to speculate that Austin is actually the one singing this particular “LWYMMD” cover.
So how is Scooter involved, you ask? Well, as fans know, back in June 2019, he bought the record label which Taylor used to be signed to — Big Machine Records. That means he acquired the rights to all of her old music, and she was definitely not happy about it. Taylor posted a lengthy note online, in which she accused the manager and his clients of bullying her. But it didn’t end there. In November 2019, the singer took to Twitter to explain that Scooter wasn’t allowing her to perform her old songs at the 2019 American Music Awards — or any televised event for that matter. She begged fans and other stars to speak up on her behalf and help her gain back the ability to sing her own music. In the end, Scooter allowed her to sing her old songs.
So now, some fans are convinced that Taylor had her brother cover the track so Scooter and Big Machine Records wouldn’t receive any money from the song.
“Nils Sjoberg (Taylor’s songwriting pseudonym) is listed on the ‘LWYMMD’ cover’s credit. She’s using the pseudonym again to get around her music being hijacked from her. Taylor Swift will not be silenced and I love it,” one fan claimed on Twitter.
As fans know, this came a month after Taylor slammed the music mogul and reignited their longtime feud after Big Machine Records announced that they were releasing a new live album featuring songs from one of Taylor’s 2008 shows. At the time, she revealed that she had no knowledge of this new record, and had definitely not approved it.
“I’m always honest with you guys about this stuff so I just wanted to tell you that this release is not approved by me. It looks to me like Scooter Braun and his financial backers, 23 Capital, Alex Soros and the Soros family and the Carlyle Group have seen the latest balance sheets and realized that paying $330 MILLION for my music wasn’t exactly a wise choice and they need money,” she wrote on Instagram Stories in response to the album release, at the time. “In my opinion… Just another case of shameless greed in the time of coronavirus. So tasteless, but very transparent.”
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