October 20, 2014


San Francisco Radio Bans Lorde's "Royals" Ahead of World Series

Erika Goldring/FilmMagic
Erika Goldring/FilmMagic

San Francisco will never be "Royals."

As any baseball enthusiast knows, the San Francisco Giants play the Kansas City Royals for the first game of the World Series on Tuesday—and San Fran radio isn't taking any chances in drumming up support for the other guys. Two Bay Area stations have already announced that they've blacklisted Lorde's breakout hit that shares the same title as their opponents during the series.

"No offense, Lorde, but for the duration of the World Series, KFOG Radio will be a 'Royals'-free zone," the station 104.5 KFOG wrote on its Facebook page. Meanwhile, 96.5 KOIT said comments from listeners inspired the ban.

While the blacklist may or may not make total sense (the lyrics do say, "We'll never be royals"), Kansas City has turned the song into a bit of a hometown anthem. 

CNN reports that KC station 99.7 The Point is playing "Royals" at the top of every hour leading up to the World Series opener. And last March, Lorde received a signed jersey from Royals' Hall of Famer George Brett or, as the Pure Heroine put it, "one of the coolest thing [she] owns."

But of course if you want to show your love for Lorde, you can vote for her to be named the top music video of the year in Fuse's Top 40 of 2014 right here.