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It’ll be bad blood for the poor soul who decides to leak Taylor Swift‘s music—word has it that she goes through some pretty drastic steps to prevent such leaks from happening in the first place.
According to a source close to the pop star—her close friend Ed Sheeran, specifically—swapping songs with Swift isn’t quite as simple as downloading an mp3 file via email. In an interview with Brazilian online magazine Capricho, Sheeran revealed his friend’s top-secret tactics for giving him a first listen of her work.
“She wouldn’t even send new songs, no… I’d hear them, but I’d have to be with her,” Sheeran said. He then went on to detail what could only be described as one of the most drastic, spy movie-esque strategies employed by the artist for their 2013 duet “Everything Has Changed,” a tune that appeared on her fourth studio album, Red.
“I remember when I did a song with her for her album, I was in San Francisco, and they sent someone with a locked briefcase with an iPad with one song on it,” Sheeran said. “And they flew to San Francisco, and they played me the song that I’d done with her. And they were like, ‘Do you like it?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah.’ And then they took it back … That’s how you hear them.”
No mention if the person holding the briefcase had it handcuffed to their wrist, or if the tablet self-destructed after playing the single, but I wouldn’t put it past Swift.
Watch Sheeran’s admission of Swift’s leak-proof secrecy below:
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.