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Of Course Sir Paul McCartney Knew Taylor Swift Had a Second Album Coming

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Paul McCartney performs during Desert Trip at the Empire Polo Field on Oct. 15, 2016 in Indio, Calif.

She told him, and offered to move the release date to steer clear of "McCartney III."

Nobody knew Taylor Swift had a second surprise album coming in 2020. Okay, that's not exactly true. Sir Paul McCartney knew.

The 78-year-old Beatles legend -- who recently appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone with Swift, 31 -- revealed on Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show Tuesday morning (Dec. 15) that his new BFF gave him a hush-hush head's up about Evermore weeks ago as a throwback professional courtesy that warmed Macca's heart.

Discussing the Beatles’ longtime rivalry with the Rolling Stones and how the bands would coordinate their release dates so as not to step on each other’s toes, McCartney said that he had a similar situation recently with his new pop pal.

“I did the Rolling Stone cover with Taylor Swift and she just emailed me recently and she said, ‘I wasn’t telling anyone, but I’ve got another album,’ what’s it called… Evermore?’” McCartney told Stern.

“‘So I was going to put it out on my birthday’ — which I think was the 10th. And then she said, ‘but I found out that you were going to put it out on the 10th so I moved to the 18th.’ And then she found out we were coming out on the 18th, so she moved back to the 10th. So, you know, people do keep out of each other’s way. It’s a nice thing to do.”

For bookkeeping purposes, Swift dropped Evermore on Friday (Dec. 11) and McCartney III is due out this Friday (Dec. 18). (Also, Swift's birthday is Dec. 13.)

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night (Dec. 14), Swift joked that she is building a shrine to the joint RS cover when the host asked if the image is going to be displayed on a wall in her home. "That's solid," Swift said while gazing at the image. "That's what all the walls are going to be made of. I'm building a whole new home with just that on every wall. Every brick has a little mini-picture of that. None of the old homes are going to work anymore because they don't have enough of that [picture] on them."