Taylor Swift has been ruling hearts for quite a few years now. But this time, she seems to have bowled over her fans with the latest cover track of her song ‘Look What You Made Me Do’. But more than the cover, it is the smart way that Swift seems to have outsmarted Scooter Braun that has impressed her fans.
Well it so happens that Scooter Braun, who Taylor Swift had publically accused of bullying her, had recently bought the rights to a lot of Swift’s songs. As a result, if Swift had to go a cover for Look What You Made Me Do, she needed permission from Braun and also would have had to give him a certain royalty.
However, it looks like Taylor Swift has chosen a very smart way out. It all happened after the cover to Look What You Made Me Do premiered on the BBC show Killing Eve. But the cover was sung by a brand new band, that goes by the name of Jack Leopards & The Dolphin Club. But ironically, the band did not exist until Sunday, when the cover premiered on the BBC drama.
What’s more surprising is that the band members are; Taylor Swift’s brother Austin and Nils Sjoberg— which is Taylor’s pseudonym — as well as Jack Antonoff and Fred and Richard Fairbrass, aka Right Said Fred, who happen to have the writing credits for the original 2017 song.
A ‘STOKED’ Taylor Swift took to her Twitter handle to share the link of the cover.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 25, 2020
A certain source has been quoted by The Sun saying, “This is Taylor at her best — crafty and very, very clever. It’s no coincidence that all the original credits are on this new version. The way the industry works is you don’t need the label’s permission — in this case Scooter’s — to cover a song. It means Taylor can get around asking him for permission as well as not giving him a penny in royalties. It will no doubt have really peeved Scooter. It’s a great way of getting round red tape as well as showing Scooter she won’t be silenced. This is war.”
Well, for those of you unaware, the spat between Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun goes a long way. From buying all rights to her songs to not letting her perform on her songs at shows, the Braun V/S Swift battle has been a nasty one.