Taylor Swift behind new band 'Jack Leopards and The Dolphin Club', Swifties love how she tricked Scooter Braun
A cover of Taylor Swift's song 'Look What You Made Me Do' featured on the soundtrack of 'Killing Eve' was performed by a band called Jack Leopards and The Dolphin Club, yet Swifties claim that the band doesn't actually exist.
In the early hours of the day, Swift tweeted the cover, stating, "VERY STOKED about this cover of lwymmd on @KillingEve by Jack leopards & the dolphin club!!"
The song featured as part of the opening title sequence on the latest episode of 'Killing Eve' and is credited to a band that appears to have no digital footprint outside of this one song. Swift's fans immediately put on their detective caps and dove deep into the song's credits to try and figure out what was going on. And the answer, it turns out, is really quite simple, though quite ingenious.
The first thing Swifties uncovered was that there was no other song by the Jack Leopards and The Dolphin Club. One fan tweeted, "This band literally didn't exist until today, TAYLOR SWIFT STRIKES AGAIN," while another wondered, "Okay but is jack leopard and the dolphin club literally the most random sh*t ever or is there a meaning behind this fake name."
Upon closer inspection, however, fans noticed the song was produced by a familiar name. One fan said, "So this band doesnt exist past the look what you made me do cover and one of the producers is...NILS SJOBERG."
For the uninitiated, Nils Sjöberg is the pseudonym under which Swift co-wrote the track 'This Is What You Came For' with her former partner Calvin Harris. The name also appeared in the music video for LWYMMD, neatly placed on a gravestone. One fan pointed out, "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."
If you're wondering what that might be in reference to, another fan clarified, "Taylor Swift co-wrote "This Is What You Came For" with her (now ex) boyfriend Calvin Harris under the pseudonym Nils Sjöberg, and Calvin kept her original vocals on the Rihanna track, which you can hear clearly throughout." Essentially, Swift didn't receive full credit for her work on the song, something Swifties have been quite angry about.
And that solves the first mystery: the track was produced by Swift herself under a different name. As for who the singer on the track, fans are pointing to Swift's brother, Austin. One reason for this is due to news outlets reporting that Swift tried to get Austin on the 'Killing Eve' soundtrack, but there is another reason people have made this connection. As one fan uncovered, "So @austinswift7’s twitter name used to be The Dolphin Club-" and that might solve the mystery of the real identity of the singer in 'The Dolphin Club'.
Now what remains is the why: why would Swift release such a cryptic track that ensures her name would not feature on any part of it?
Well that, according to fans, has a little something to do with a certain Scooter Braun.
In a now-infamous feud, Swift called out Scooter Braun for purchasing the masters of her first six albums in 2019. This meant he would own her catalog up to that point, meaning he had certain rights to her music in addition to being able to make money off its use. For Swift, the blow was even worse because, as she claims, Braun bullied her during their time working together.
Swift has been extremely vocal about her displeasure that Braun purchased her music, allegedly without her knowledge or consent, and stated she would be re-recording all her albums so she could own her own music.
As Nils Sjöberg and Jack Leopards and The Dolphin Club, however, Swift has created an entirely new space for herself to create music that absolutely no one else can own but her. And that is why fans believe the pop star chose to release this cover in the way she has.
One fan tweeted, "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! Support Jack Leopards & The Dolphin Club!" and another said, "The way scooter is not earning anything from this song because it's not a Taylor Master."
Another tweet read, "Taylor creating her own fake band so she could record this cover of her own song without scooter getting a dime???? that’s BIG bad b*tch energy i love this woman," one fan pointed out, "Notice how Jack Leopards & The Dolphin Club owns their masters too," and another said, "So let me get this straight....Taylor made up a fake band, used the fake name she made when Cavin Harris and her wrote TIWYCF, had her brother sing her song just so that Scooter wouldn’t make a coin and her song can be on a TV show? Genius."
And one fan shared, "You can always count on Taylor Swift to outsmart anyone in her way."