Swift ditches her previous pseudonym of Nils Sjoberg on the Rihanna collaboration
It previously emerged that Swift worked on the song with Harris under the pseudonym of Nils Sjoberg. This was confirmed by the singer’s rep and later by Harris, who took to Twitter to write: “She sings on a little bit of it too… Amazing lyric writer and she smashed it as usual,” before adding, “I wrote the music, produced the song, arranged it and cut the vocals though. And initially she wanted it kept secret, hence the pseudonym”.
However, the BMI online database now lists Swift as a ‘Songwriter/Composer’ on the track under her birth name. It also lists the pop star’s Taylor Swift Music company as publishers alongside Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, who handle Harris’ publishing.
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Meanwhile, Taylor Swift is reportedly considering filing a crime report against Kanye West and Kim Kardashian for leaking a phone call that the singer had with the rapper.
On Sunday night (July 17), Kim Kardashian posted film of West talking to Swift over the phone in the studio discussing the former’s song, ‘Famous’. Swift has since taken offence at the lyrical content of the song since its February release, with West rapping that: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that bitch famous“, referring to the infamous incident when West interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV VMAs. She also claimed that no conversation between the pair about the track had taken place prior to its release.
Swift is said to have first threatened West with legal action for recording their phone conversation in February in an effort to deal with the issue before it went public. It has been reported that the conversation was recorded from a Los Angeles studio and that it is both illegal and a felony in the US state of California to secretly record phone calls.
The former’s lawyer had previously sent a letter to the Wests’ attorney stating that “demand is hereby made that you immediately destroy all such recordings, provide us of assurance that this has been done, and also assurance that these recordings have not been previously disseminated.”
TMZ now reports that Swift is “thinking about filing a crime report against Kanye West for illegally recording their phone conversation, and against Kim Kardashian for publicly releasing the audio”. Sources say that the singer is “undecided and is trying to think through the consequences of filing a police report”. This has not yet been verified by Swift herself.