Mysterious Taylor Swift cover on ‘Killing Eve’ sparks so many theories

Look what they made her do.
May 25, 2020 9:43 a.m. EST
May 26, 2020 4:53 p.m. EST
Apparently Konstantin’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day wasn’t the only thing keeping Killing Eve—and Taylor Swift!—fans up on Sunday night. Shortly after the second-to-last episode of Season 3 aired, Swifties were in their feelings over the cover of “Look What You Made Me do” that played over the show’s opening titles. Why? Well aside from the cover itself being a mood, there are plenty of fans who have good reason to believe it was actually Taytay behind the song.Shortly after the episode aired, Swift took to social media to share her love for the cover, which is credited to Jack Leopards and the Dolphin Club. The twist? A deeper dive uncovered that band doesn’t exist beyond this track. Meanwhile if you look at the track listing, “LWYMMD” co-writer Jack Antonoff and Nils Sjöberg are listed as producers. As in Nils Sjöberg, Swift’s pseudonym that she used on “This Is What You Came For” with Rhianna and Calvin Harris. Hmmm. Naturally those going down the rabbit hole (probably staying up all night in the process) went on to speculate that Swift’s brother Austin Swift was the one who sang the cover. Not only did Swift supposedly beg Killing Eve creator-producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge to include her brother in a season three track, but fans quickly discovered that the image used for Jack Leopards and The Dolphin Club’s artwork is actually an old photoshopped picture of Austin. Seems pretty solid that Swift was indeed a mastermind here. So why the secrecy? The working theory is that this is all a bid to keep any more money from getting into the pockets of Swift’s rival Scooter Braun. When Braun bought Swift’s back catalogue of work (including “LWYMMD”) last year, Swift quickly voiced her dismay over what she called her “worst case scenario.” The singer has accused Braun—the same guy who manages Kanye West—of fuelling her public bullying over the years and claims that he also blocked her from performing her own music when she received the Artist of the Decade award in 2019 at the American Music Awards.[video_embed id='1957855']RELATED: Taylor Swift treats fans to the 'The City of Lover'[/video_embed]Swift signed with Big Machine Records when she was 15 years old, but after years of ownership battles, she broke free and signed up with Universal Music Group. Lover was her first album under that new deal, but the Grammy-nomination celebrations were short-lived when Braun snapped up Big Machine Records—and therefore Swift’s catalogue. Meanwhile Swift has also admitted that her recent music video for The Man was aimed at Braun.Although Swift has yet to confirm that she participated in the Killing Eve cover, she’s been “liking” some of the fan theories rolling out on Tumblr. Meanwhile fans everywhere are loving the shrewd—and legal—move, since it signifies Swift taking back creative control in a super-smart way. For those keeping track of all the drama, Swift can’t officially begin re-recording some of her old songs until November 2020. Until then, Braun owns her life's work, including songs from the albums Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now, Red, 1989 and Reputation. “Let me just say that the definition of the toxic male privilege in our industry is people saying, ‘But he’s always been nice to me,’ when I’m raising valid concerns about artists and their rights to own their music,” Swift said in her Billboard Woman of the Decade speech last December, taking aim at Braun. “And of course he’s nice to you. If you’re in this room, you have something he needs,” she continued. “The most amazing thing was to discover that it would be the women in our industry who would have my back and show me the most vocal support at one of the most difficult times, and I will never ever forget it. Like, ever.”Well one thing’s for sure: Swift is definitely finding her own ways to continue killing (Eve).[video_embed id='-1']RELATED: Demi Lovato shares how Jiu Jitsu changed her life[/video_embed].

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