Taylor Swift announced this morning that, surprise! She's releasing her eighth album, folklore, tonight at midnight. She thanked several collaborators in her initial announcement message, but one name has caught the attention of dedicated Swifties: William Bowery. Many are convinced it's a pseudonym for her boyfriend of over three years, Joe Alwyn.
They noted that Bowery does not appear to be a registered songwriter or producer name, and that he was the only writer Swift did not tag in her post.
Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise 🤗Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into. I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine; @aarondessner (who has co-written or produced 11 of the 16 songs), @boniver (who co-wrote and was kind enough to sing on one with me), William Bowery (who co-wrote two with me) and @jackantonoff (who is basically musical family at this point). Engineered by Laura Sisk and Jon Low, mixed by Serban Ghenea & Jon Low. The album photos were shot by the amazing @bethgarrabrant. Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed. My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That’s the side of uncertainty I can get on board with. Love you guys so much ♥️
A post shared by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Jul 23, 2020 at 5:00am PDT
Swift made the album while quarantining; Joe Alwyn revealed earlier this year that the two were quarantining together, making a musical collaboration between the two very plausible.
🔍 | Fans are speculating who "William Bowery" (co-wrote two songs on "folklore") is, as there are no registered or previously credited songwriters/producers under that name. "William Bowery" is also the only untagged co-write in Taylor's post. pic.twitter.com/CvClhjf3ZL
— Taylor Swift News | TSwiftinAsia (@TSwiftinAsia) July 23, 2020
Other fans noted that Swift and Alwyn first met at the Bowery Hotel, a fact to which they may be paying homage with the "Bowery" last name.
🔎 | Fans online believe that “William Bowery” who Taylor credited as a songwriter on folklore could actually be a pseudonym for her bf Joe Alwyn.
There is little to no info on a songwriter with that name, and one of the couple’s first meetings was at the Bowery Hotel in NYC. pic.twitter.com/k4ZEviVtmK
— Taylor Swift News (@TSwiftNZ) July 23, 2020
Another fan went deep into Alwyn's history, noting he had a great-grandfather named William who was a composer and music teacher—and thus, William Bowery comes together.
WILLIAM BOWERY theory
on oct 2016, taylor (w her squad) & alwyn were spotted in BOWERY hotel. (smth special mustve happened here, that's why she used d name "BOWERY" i guess?)
WILLIAM alwyn is literally joe alwyns great-grandpa. he was was composer, conductor, and music teacher pic.twitter.com/pDOaBieGgL
— devon (@taylowkey13) July 23, 2020
This wouldn't be the first time Swift used a fake songwriter name. When she and ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris co-wrote "This Is What You Came For," she used the pseudonym Nils Sjöberg to credit herself. After their breakup, Harris confirmed reports that Swift in fact worked on the track and used a fake name when it initially came out. "Amazing lyric writer and she smashed it as usual," Harris tweeted. "Hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage though."
Alwyn and Swift have made a point of keeping their relationship as private as possible. In January 2019, Alwyn objected to the idea of the two being labeled as "strangely private" during an interview.
“I don’t think [we're] more than anyone else," he said. "I don’t think anyone you meet on the streets would just spill their guts out to you, therefore why should I? And then that is defined as being ‘strangely private.’ Fine. But I don’t think it is. I think it’s normal.”
Alwyn and Swift have never shared photos of each other on their social media pages. In January, pre-pandemic, the two had their first truly public date at the Golden Globes.
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