It’s not a great day to be named Nils Sjöberg.
See, Taylor Swift asked to be credited with a pseudonym for her writing credit on Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s hit “This Is What You Came For,” and she picked “Nils Sjöberg.” This is either an anagram no one has figured out yet ( Kendrick Lamar?) or some kind of nod/veiled jab at the prominence of Swedish men in the current American pop songwriting landscape.
Either way, it’s made life hard for the real Sjöbergs out there.
At least one Nils Sjöberg – the Communications Manager at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Center and Gothia Towers – has addressed the controversy, with an adorable Tumblr post.
(He also made a doodle about it earlier this month, when the pseudonym first surfaced, apparently.)
Here’s another Nils Sjöberg, though his Instagram appears relatively drama-free so far.
Judging from Google Images, there appear to be several musicians who share the alias, including one a violinist and the other a saxophonist.
Looks like there’s also a young soccer player from Sollentuna who shares the name.
And then of course, there are all the trolls who have adopted the name on Twitter – a number which will likely swell in the days to come.