SF Radio Stations Ban Lorde’s ‘Royals’ Due to World Series

Until the World Series ends, a handful of San Francisco radio stations are banning Lorde‘s hit song “Royals” due to some hometown pride: their Giants face off against the Kansas City Royals.

“No offense, Lorde, but for the duration of the World Series, KFOG Radio will be a “Royals”-free zone,” the station announced apologetically on Facebook. “We’re sure you understand.” 96.5 KOIT added that they’d remove the song due to popular demand.

The ban’s rationale has a bit more substance than simply Ew, her song is called Royals, and so is the Kansas City team, gross. Last year, the 17-year-old singer admitted to VH1 that her hit was partially inspired by a Kansas City Royals player:

“I had this image from the National Geographic of this dude just signing baseballs,” Lorde told us when we sat down with her recently. “He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals.’ ” Lorde was so taken by the image and the word that she penned the song around that idea. “It was just that word. It’s really cool.”

The likelihood that SF will replace Royals with South Park‘s “I Am Lorde (Ya Ya Ya)”? Let’s hope it’s high.

[h/t Bleacher Report]
[Image via Annette Geneva/Wikimedia]

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