For Taylor Swift, the release of the album is the culmination of months, if not years, of work. However, her finish line is just a starting point for fans: Taylor’s new music is a signal to put on her detective hats, erasing every lyric on the tracks and references Swift has put into the songs. folkloreLast week’s release was no different from Swift’s previous trips in this regard, as online platforms quickly exploded with fan speculation about what it all meant. Many of these discussions focus on the lyrics of the music itself – Betty, James and Inez from all this – but the most interesting conversation this time concerns authorship rather than lyrics: Who is William Bowery?
Someone named William Bowery is identified as the co-author of two songs folklore, Betty and Exile. But no one has ever heard of Bowery, and no one with that name has any previous credits for writing songs, according to fans who have gone through all the readily available reference material. Assuming it even exists, we certainly only know a few things about this Bowery. One of them is that Swift admires her musical abilities a lot: When she announced the album on social media, she wrote that she gave her a chance to collaborate with “some of my music heroes” before naming National Aaron Dessner, Bon Iver, Jack Antonoff, and – sticks between such an important company – Bowery.
Swift’s past with pseudonyms is also a confidence in the idea that Bowery is a nom de plume. In 2016, she revealed that while dating DJ Calvin Harris, she secretly collaborated on one of his biggest hits under the name Nils Sjöberg. All the signs indicate that William Bowery is another classic Swift mystery. Theories about his identity are numerous, so you go through them one by one, from the least to the believable.
10. A real guy named William Bowery
If William Bowery existed enough gifted to be one of Swift’s musical heroes, wouldn’t there be, if not world-famous, someone whose existence could at least be confirmed by another person? A complete lack of an Internet route is suspicious. In addition, the name itself slaps. “Bowery” is not a particularly common surname, but it is is an the name of a street in downtown New York – the place where Taylor Swift used to live and sing. All of this contributes to the obvious: there is simply no William Bowery. I’m pretty sure that if a composer with that name really existed, he’d be tied to a chair that is being interrogated by gangs of militant Swifties.
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9. One or more members of the BTS
Refinery29 listed RM as a member of the South Korean boys’ group BTS as a possible Bowery, and several Twitter users share this view. Meanwhile, some other Twitter users claim that Bowery is another member of the BTS, Suga. I think at least some of these fans make a metajoke about the complete lack of evidence that all other Bowery identity theories rely on. But some of them are probably just tents who want to believe.
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8. Lana Del Rey
Because why not! Even the people who propose it admit that there is a “total crackpot” in the territory.
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7. Joni Mitchell
Mitchell is certainly the music hero of Swift, which often mentions the great fame of folk music as one of its favorite performers. The song from Swift’s previous album “Lucky One” was even talked about. Less convincing pillars of this theory are that Mitchell, also a painter, has a painting named Bowery Bum and that her father went by the name of Bill, a nickname for William. Then there is the question of handing over a woman as a man, which would seem to run counter to Swift’s belief in feminism. (Then again, when Swift used the pen’s name, she chose the man’s name.) But the biggest blow to this theory might be that if Swift wrote a song with Mitchell, she would probably want to shout it from the roof rather than hide it.
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This one is about as thin as BTS and LDR theory: Fans thought William Bowery could be a pseudonym for Lord, because Lord and Swift are friends and that would be great. To be fair, there is documented evidence that the two are real friends, which is more than can be said for the numbers 7-9 on this list.
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5. Ed Sheeran
Sheeran creditors, like many factions here, have nothing to do. They point out that Sheeran and Swift are friends and is also a musician with roots in the vernacular. It is true that the two have worked together before. It’s also true that Sheeran has performed in the Bowery Ballroom, and her performances sometimes include an accordion, an instrument that can be heard on “Betty.” The guitar in this song also gives a Sheeranish style sound, some have assumed. Finally, Sheeran has an old father named William, who appeared in his own texts. Needless to say, all this seems like a very circumstance. Don’t many people have grandfathers named William? Why would Swift and Sheeran have to hide their collaboration when it is common knowledge that they were friends who had previously recorded songs together? Sheeran as Bowery is only really credible if you also buy the conspiracy theory that he and Swift dated in the past or walk now and need to cover it up.
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4. Austin Swift
Swift’s brother, Austin, who is also a musician, played a key role in another secret with his sister earlier this year. The cover of Swift’s song “Look What You Made Me Do” appeared in a TV show in May Killing Eve, The cover was attributed to Jack Leopards and the Dolphin Club, a group that, like William Bowery, has no online presence and has never been heard of. Nils Sjöberg, formerly aka Swift, was featured as the producer in the song. As for Austin’s involvement, Swift has asked before Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge about presenting her brother’s music. Fans themselves noticed that the art associated with the song resembled a children’s photograph of Austin, who at some point in Twitter also mentioned “Dolphin Club” in his Twitter display name. This whole program could be a way to stick to Scooter Braun, with which Swift is dealing with a public dispute over ownership of its back catalog. A TV show that uses the cover of one of its songs rather than the original would probably deprive Braun of royalties. The Braun-Swift quarrel only applies to her previous albums; she owns masters lover and folkloreWhere Swift had reason to cover up his brother’s alleged involvement a few months ago, none of this suggests why she would give her brother a pseudonym this time. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible for Austin to be Bowery, just that he’s not more likely to be Bowery than anyone else in Swift’s inner circle.
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3. Taylor alone
Some fans have noted that Swift’s last confirmed use of the pen name was during the Nils Sjöberg affair, and the identity of the person she was covering up was then her own. Assuming that a man’s name in a male-dominated area, such as the music industry, was a way to feel less conspicuous, and a bit of insurance against those who would underestimate her. I wouldn’t leave it around her to do it again. The boys came and went over the years, but Swift’s commitment to maintaining its reputation was constant. Therefore, another question is why she would have to use a pseudonym to gain credit for a song that has already been written.
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2. Harry Styles
Refinery 29 pointed out that Dessner – who claims he did not know Bowery’s true identity despite collaborating on it folklore—He thinks the real Bowery is an experienced composer. Swift’s former Styles lit up by writing songs under a pseudonym before, and when he did, some thought the resulting songs were about Swift. How does this relate to “Bowery”? Apparently in 2012, when Styles and Swift were a couple, they stayed at the Bowery Hotel. Bowery Ballroom is also one of the last places Styles performed before coronavirus blocking began. When we look at the lyrics themselves, the line “Exile” has a line – “We always walked a very thin line” – what the fans said, Thin border, the name of the latest style album. (This theory doesn’t seem to have anything to do with “William.”) The strongest evidence of the Styles-as-Bowery case could be that it would actually cause madness if the media found that Styles and Swift were working together, which seems like a likely motivation. for pseudonym-ing up.
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1. Joe Alwyn
Dessner said Alwyn is not Bowery. But Dessner also said he didn’t know who Bowery was. And sometimes the simplest explanation is correct. Alwyn is the guy Swift’s dating right now, so if there are secret screams on her album, shouldn’t they be with him? In fact, if Alwyn it’s not Bowery, he should have an awkward conversation with Swift right now. The name of the pen would also correspond to the story of Alwyn, who wants to keep his relationship very private. All that being said, some of the “evidence” for Alwyn as Bowery is a rather weak sauce: Alwyn’s grandfather was a composer and was named William. (Once again: Many people already had or had old relatives named William!) More convincingly, Swift and Alwyn were discovered in their relationship at the Bowery Hotel in New York City right after attending a private concert by Kings Leon – it’s not a huge leap, to guess that this date could be of special significance to them. (Probably also a remarkable detail: Lord was also there.)
As for whether Alwyn has enough musical talent to write a song with one of the leading artists in the music industry, I was intrigued by a Reddit fan who had given Swift composer credit to someone who hadn’t directly contributed to the song “Ronan” at least once before. writing this song, but whose words she quoted on it. Alwyn may not have helped to write “Exile” or “Betty” exactly, but Swift quoted his remarks or lyrics. The same could, of course, apply to someone else. And it still gives us no explanation for the “musical hero” aspect of the puzzle. By no means is the identity of the writer named William so burned from Bard.
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