Taylor Swift is very protective of her music prior to its official release.
How protective? Marsellus Wallace's soul didn't have this level of security guarding it, though it was transported in a v similar vessel.
The Grammy winner's pal and fellow pop powerhouse
Ed Sheeran told Just Jared, She would never send new songs, no… I hear them but it has to be with her… 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 and one song on it, and they flew to San Francisco, and played the song I've done with her… And they asked if I like it and I was like, 'Yeah,' and then they took it back, that's how I hear it.
The fact more people have access to the launch codes for nuclear weapons than Taylor's rough drafts isn't the only reason she's so successful. It also has a lot to do with the classic underdog quality of pretty blonde millionaires.
GQ, There's an underdog element to it… Taylor was never the popular kid in school. I was never the popular kid in school.
To be fair, Taylor Swift was homeschooled for the second half of high school, making her both the most and least popular kid in school.
Ed realizes the tides have turned for them both. He added,
Then you get to the point when you become the most popular kid in school — and we both take it a bit too far… She wants to be the biggest female artist in the world and I want to be the biggest male artist in the world. It also comes from always being told that you can't do something and being like, 'Fuck you. I can.'
Ed recently entered a fresh era of self-confidence and is spouting that personal praise harder than a drunk girl to a bar bathroom mirror at 2 am.
He told the magazine,
There are a lot of singer-songwriters around now. I'm not the first but there are more than before. I'm very happy for everyone to be in the same race as me, even if they copy every single thing I've done... In a 100m sprint to get a No1 album I just know I'm going to win. I don't care who's doing what. I just know I'm going to win.
Tell it, sister.
Citations: Ed Sheeran Reveals How Taylor Swift Prevents Music Leaks (Just Jared)