Taylor Swift Has Scored Her First Hit On The Rock Sales Chart… Sort Of


Taylor Swift scored a massive hit in 2017 when her single “Look What You Made Me Do” opened at No. 77 on the Hot 100 and then rocketed straight to the top spot the following week. The track remains a fan favorite and one of her most successful releases, and this frame a very unusual version of the tune has found its way to a new chart that Swift has never visited before. 

A new take on “Look What You Made Me Do” debuts on this week’s Rock Digital Song Sales chart at No. 12 thanks to over 1,600 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music. The tune isn’t credited to Swift herself, but rather a new band called Jack Leopards & the Dolphin Club, so that outfit claims its first placement on any Billboard ranking…but who are they?

A number of deep dives into the band show they have absolutely no history, and it seems like they appeared out of thin air to record and release this new version of “Look What You Made Me Do,” which was used in a recent episode of the TV show Killing Eve. A look at the official credits show that no new musicians were recruited to produce this latest cover, with only Jack Antonoff and Nils Sjöberg taking credit.

Antonoff was one of the original producers on the hit, while Sjöberg is nothing more than a pseudonym Swift has used only once before when she co-wrote Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came For” several years ago.

The theory that seems to make the most sense is that Swift had her younger brother Austin (or some other male vocalist, as the new version sounds like it was sung by someone with a much deeper voice than the pop icon) re-record the cut for the program as a way to get around licensing issues, as the rights to “Look What You Made Me Do” and most of her back catalog are now owned by a number of investors, including Scooter Braun and the Carlyle Group.

So, while she hasn’t confirmed or denied the news, it looks like Jack Leopards & the Dolphin Club is actually just someone in the Swift family, perhaps only her brother, maybe the two of them together…or, possibly, Swift herself recreated the cut and through the magic of studio software, her voice was changed and made unrecognizable.

Either way, one of the country and pop superstar’s biggest hits is now also a winner on the rock chart, which is a first for her. She has previously scored big wins on a number of Billboard rankings, but few could have predicted she’d ever reach the rock-only list, and especially never with her electroclash banger.

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