Taylor Swift, in what many fans think is a not-so-subtle dig at ex-manager Scooter Braun, praised a cover of her hit “Look What You Made Me Do” by a band with zero credits that played over the opening credits of Sunday night’s episode of “Killing Eve.” Why the big hype and who is this mysterious band?
The pop superstar, in a tweet sent Sunday night, said she was “VERY STOKED” (in all caps) about the cover by Jack Leopards & the Dolphin Club, while sharing a brief snippet of the song in the process. The catch? Jack Leopard & the Dolphin Club appear to be a “fake” band, with no other songs credited to the group on Spotify or Apple Music.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 25, 2020
Swift’s fans have a legit reason to believe she is behind the cover, however. One big hint is that her brother Austin Swift used to be called “The Dolphin Club” on social media. On top of that, the song is produced by Nils Sjoberg, a pseudonym Swift used back in 2016 when she sang on Calvin Harris’ “This Is What You Came For.” And The Independent on Monday said Swift had “begged” “Killing Eve” executive producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge to have her little brother featured on the show’s soundtrack.
— smilesfortaylor (@SmilesForTaylor) May 25, 2020
Many of Swift’s fans think the not-so-subtle move was done to get back at Braun. The two were caught in a messy feud last year when Big Machine Records acquired her back catalog. Swift accused Braun and Big Machine founder Scott Borchetta of “exercising tyrannical control” over her work in the aftermath. Braun, meanwhile, said his family received death threats following Swift’s criticism last year.
The thinking of some fans is that if Swift released the song under a fake name and had her brother perform it instead, Braun won’t receive any payment for it.
Other fans and fan accounts quickly took to Twitter to praise Swift for what they believed was a sneaky move, with one fan happily saying “no coin” will go to Borchetta or Braun because of her decision.
Taylor made up a whole band called “Jack Leopards and The Dolphin club” consisting of herself, Austin Swift and Jack Antonoff to cover LWYMMD which is sung by Austin, partly produced by Taylor herself to not let Scooter gain a single cent from the it?
TAYLOR SWIFT IS A GENIUS ???? pic.twitter.com/PkMgLFPzIc
— Hana (@MissAmericHANA) May 25, 2020
Taylor Swift made a cover of her own song Look What You Made Me Do for Killing Eve under the alias Nils Sjöberg so Scooter wouldn’t make any coin, tweeted about it and is now laughing her ass off on Tumblr at how we connected the dots… I Stan the right women pic.twitter.com/m7qwwLMHcs
— Ben (@TS7Track3) May 25, 2020
Taylor releasing a cover of her own song under a fake band name with her brother singing on it so that no coin goes into the pockets of Scott and Scooter! ????????
— Taylor Swift News (@TSwiftNZ) May 25, 2020
so this band doesnt exist past the look what you made me do cover and one of the producers is…NILS SJOBERG https://t.co/sk6ZGribrN
— Sara (@stateoftay16) May 25, 2020
this band literally didn't exist until today, TAYLOR SWIFT STRIKES AGAIN https://t.co/5kW1OFZfO3
— Adam Patla (@apat10) May 25, 2020
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. pic.twitter.com/TV6J2x1ACD
— Ryan Schocket (@RyanSchocket) May 25, 2020
Most fans seem to agree it’s Austin Swift covering the song, along with the help of producer Jack Antonoff; the two were spotted in a studio late last year alongside Swift, some fans pointed out.
Reps for Scooter Braun didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.