Fans think Taylor Swift created a fake band

May 26, 2020

Fans think Taylor Swift created a fake band

Taylor Swift has always been a savvy social media maven, from her Twitter “lurker” campaign for “Swiftmas” (when she stalked fans' accounts and then sent them personalized gifts) to her “no its becky” T-shirt that referenced a viral Tumblr meme (the ultimate social media in-joke). She also regularly fills her music videos with Easter eggs for her devotees to pore over, and she had frequently used her social media platforms to mobilize her ongoing battle against Scott Borchetta, the head of her former label Big Machine, and his new partner, Scooter Braun.

And now Swift is really giving her fanbase something to talk about — by seemingly creating a fake band (with lead vocals by her own brother, Austin!) in another, very sneaky strike against Borchetta and Braun.

 Over the weekend, a spooky indie-folk cover of Swift’s Reputation hit "Look What You Made Me Do" appeared in the opening credits of the most recent episode of the BBC spy comedy Killing Eve, credited to a totally unknown band called Jack Leopards & The Dolphin Club. Swift even sanctioned the remake, giving them a shout-out on Twitter and saying she was “very stoked” with their version. But savvy Swifties quickly noticed that the band had only this one credit on Spotify, and that listed in the song’s producer credits was the name Nils Sjoberg, the pseudonym that Swift had used when she co-wrote Rihanna’s "This Is What You Came For” with her then-boyfriend Calvin Harris.