The version that appears on the latest episode of the BBC drama is being interpreted by fans as a way to get back at her rival and Big Machine label boss Scooter Braun.
The version of the ‘Reputation’ track, which the ‘Shake It Off’ singer said she was “very stoked” about on Twitter, is attributed to Jack Leopards and The Dolphin Club, a seemingly fake band or artist with no previous song credits.
Fans have begun to speculate that the vocals on the song belong to Swift’s brother Austin, who once named his Twitter account ‘The Dolphin Club’. A producer credit on the song is also given to Nils Sjoberg, Swift’s notorious songwriting pseudonym.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 25, 2020
It is now being claimed that Swift recorded the song with her brother in order to avoid Braun and Big Machine from claiming any royalties from the song’s use on the show.
🔎 | It appears that Nils Sjöberg (Taylor’s songwriting pseudonym on TIWYCF) is a producer on the Jack Leopards & The Dolphin Club’s “cover” of LWYMMD
There was also talk of Taylor wanting her brother Austin Swift to sing on the Killing Eve soundtrack… 🤔 pic.twitter.com/ttWHmY0w6l
— Taylor Swift News (@TSwiftNZ) May 25, 2020
i guess Nils Sjöberg is back pic.twitter.com/XlP8ZnmcIt
— s a r a a a a 🤡 (@fancysnaake) May 25, 2020
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
austin swift singing lwymmd in a fake band played in the killing eve intro made so that taylor could bypass scooter… truly a fever dream pic.twitter.com/xvc2pu82uE
— now all he thinks about es-mie (@yesesmie) May 25, 2020
Swift and Braun are embroiled in an ongoing battle over the singer’s back catalogue and master recordings, stemming from Braun’s purchase of Swift’s old record label Big Machine, a transaction that saw him become the owner of Swift’s first six studio albums. Swift labelled the move as “manipulative bullying.”
Last November, Swift accused Braun and his business partner Scott Borchetta of blocking her from performing her own songs live. “The message being sent to me is very clear,” she wrote in a statement. “Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished.”
It came after Swift announced a plan to re-record all her old albums in order to own the copyright of her back catalogue by producing new versions.