San Francisco Radio Stations Ban Lorde's 'Royals'

At least until the World Series is over
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2014 8:55 AM CDT
Lorde performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Oct. 12, 2014, in Austin, Texas.   (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – From now until the end of the World Series, you probably won't be hearing Lorde's hit song, "Royals," playing in San Francisco. Locals have been asking the city's radio stations to ban the song until the series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals comes to a close, and at least two have obliged, Yahoo Sports reports. "No offense, Lorde, but for the duration of the World Series, KFOG Radio will be a 'Royals'-free zone. We're sure you understand," wrote one station on Facebook.

And according to Fox 4, 96.5 KOIT has also decided to keep the song off-air for the duration of the series. Interestingly, the Kansas City Royals partially inspired the song, Lorde told VH1 last year. “I had this image from the National Geographic of this dude just signing baseballs," she explained. "He was a baseball player and his shirt said, 'Royals.' ... It was just that word. It's really cool."

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