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Lorde’s Royals Banned by San Fran Radio Stations for World Series

Lorde performs at the Greek Theater in New York City on Oct. 6. What? Is that Royals blue she's wearing? (Photo: Getty)

Lorde performs at the Greek Theater in New York City on Oct. 6. What? Is she wearing Royals blue? (Photo: Getty)

Lorde said her hit song “Royals” was inspired by baseball Hall of Famer George Brett. That was enough to get her song banned on two San Francisco radio stations for the duration of the World Series. Good fun, or bad sportsmanship?

The San Francisco Giants will play the Kansas City Royals for the championship starting Tuesday.

Brian Figula program director for radio station 96.5 KOIT, explained his decision on Friday.

“Our listeners told us to do it, so we did it! As of 4pm today (Friday) we’ve removed Lorde-Royals from the our playlist until the end of the World Series. Go Giants, beat the Royals!” he wrote on the station’s facebook page.

Station KFOG followed suit. “I hope Lorde understands – I mean, we’re talking World Series-bound San Francisco Giants here!” according to the station’s Facebook page.

Lorde, who hails from New Zealand where baseball isn’t played, or probably even given much thought, told VH-1 in an interview that a photo of Brett in his Royals uniform helped inspire the song.

The song isn’t about baseball, or Brett. The word “Royals” on his uniform inspired her to write the song. It’s about living an understated lifestyle. The 17-year-old singer proclaims that she’ll never be a royal.

Even so, Kansas city as well as the Royals baseball team, have embraced the song.

In retaliation, Kansas City’s 99.7 The Point has begun playing the song hourly ahead of the World Series opener, according to ABC News.

After all, how often does a major international pop singer say they’re inspired by something in Kansas City?

Check out Lorde’s song below and let us know your thoughts. Is this just playful fun, or bad sportsmanship? And, be sure to follow IM for the latest celebrity news.


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