Taylor Swift calls out Scooter Braun during her acceptance speech at the Billboard Woman of the Decade Event where she was honored.
Look what you made Taylor Swift do.
After the pop superstar shared a band’s cover of her 2017 song “Look What You Made Me Do” on Monday, Swift fans – ever the ones to sleuth for hidden meanings – began speculating that the new version was recorded by her brother in an effort to sidestep music royalty rules put in place by Scooter Braun, who owns her former record label.
“VERY STOKED about this cover of lwymmd on @KillingEve by Jack leopards $ the dolphin club!!” Swift tweeted Monday.
USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for Swift and Braun for comment.
Last June, Swift publicly denounced music tycoon Braun – who manages Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, and has advised Swift’s past foe, Kanye West – after he paid $300 million to acquire Swift’s former record label, Big Machine Label Group, and by extension, the masters of Swift’s music from her previous six albums.
In August, she told “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts that her contract allows her to re-record her music, starting this November. “Next year, I can record albums one through five all over again. I’m very excited about it.”
The “Look What You Made Me Do” cover, a slowed-down, haunting rendition of the ominous electropop song that opened Swift’s “Reputation” album era, was heard in Sunday’s episode of “Killing Eve” and features male lead vocals that Swifties think is her brother, 28-year-old Austin Swift.
For one, this is the first and only song from the band Jack Leopard and The Dolphin Club. A few years ago, Austin changed his Twitter user name to “The Dolphin Club.” Eagle-eyed fans also spotted that the song’s cover art, which features a faceless boy in a striped dolphin tee, closely matches a photo of Austin when he was a kid.
Plus, one of the song’s producers is Nils Sjöberg, the pseudonym Swift has previously used to produce songs such as ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris’ “This is What You Came For.” And the last time fans heard from Sjöberg? When the name popped up on a tombstone in the “Look What You Made Me Do” music video.
“LEGEND BEHAVIOR from taylor swift to use a pseudonym so (Scooter) doesn’t profit off her old music or silence her,” tweeted @directedbyrian.
“So you’re telling me that Taylor Swift produced a new LWYMMD cover under non-existent bands called Jack Leopards and The Dolphin Club so Scooter wouldn’t get any coins from her art??” wrote @swiftiemology. “DO NOT MESS WITH THIS WOMAN. I REPEAT. DO NOT MESS WITH THIS WOMAN.”
Contributing: Sara M. Moniuszko, USA TODAY.
Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/music/2020/05/25/taylor-swift-fans-think-she-outsmarted-scooter-braun-cover-song/5255023002/