Here are the crazy lengths Taylor Swift goes to to stop literally anyone from leaking her music
Taylor Swift doesn't do things by halves. She doesn't just have a group of friends, she has a "squad"; and instead of making covert jabs at her ex-boyfriends in her music, she dedicates entire tracks to them, calling them out by name. Of late, the 28-year-old's entire career has been built around The Cult of Taylor - it's a far cry from the simple, country girl from yesteryear, that we saw on albums such as Fearless and Speak Now. 1989 documented her failed relationship with Calvin Harris, and Reputation addressed her current notoriety in the entertainment industry, as well as some of her highly-publicised feuds between Kim and Kanye West and Katy Perry.
It would make sense then, that she goes to extreme lengths to safeguard her music. Involving private jets, briefcases and a boatload of effort, this is what Taylor Swift does to prevent everyone around her, BFF's and backup dancers included, from leaking her music. And it's absolutely fool-proof.
After naming her last album Reputation, it's no surprise that Taylor Swift is doing everything she can to protect her own and stop her music from leaking onto the internet.
In behind the scenes footage shot while she was filming the music video to the recent single, End Game, Swift revealed that she doesn't even let her backup dancers listen to her music before it's released. But, how can they work on a song that they haven't heard?
Apparently, it's no problem. Her dancers reportedly use a "click track" while shooting the video which lets them hear the beat of the song, but not the actual lyrics. And as you could imagine, the dancers look pretty strange dancing to just the backing track.
But even Tay-Tay recognises just how crazy this all is. "I commend them fully because um ... they've been pretending like there's music playing when there's not," she said in the behind the scenes footage. But while her dancers use the click track, she's able to listen to the actual song on headphones - which, you know, makes sense because she is the artist, after all.
And apparently, Taylor Swift's fellow pop-stars don't get special treatment, even if they're providing guest vocals on the song. In the footage, honorary member of Swift's squad and singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran, explained that though he provided guest vocals for End Game, he was only allowed one listen.
The 28-year-old's producers went to crazy lengths to ensure that the track wasn't compromised. "I remember when I did a song with [Taylor] for her album, I was in San Francisco, and they sent someone with a locked briefcase with an iPad and one song on it," Sheeran stated. "They flew to San Francisco and played the song I’ve done with her and asked if I like it...I was like, ‘Yeah,’ and they took it back. That’s how I hear it.”
Well, that certainly sounds like a lot of work to ensure that Swift's music doesn't fall into the wrong hands, but given that she was number 55 on Forbes list of America's richest self-made women in 2017, it's apparent that each song is quite literally gold.