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SF Radio Stations Ban Lorde's 'Royals' from Airwaves

SF Radio Stations Ban Lorde's 'Royals' from Airwaves

San Francisco Giants fans can rest easy now. Two local radio stations announced they will ban the hit song “Royals” by Lorde until the World Series ends. KFOG Radio and 96.5 KOIT each tweeted their decision to ignore the song at the end of last week:

Earlier this year Hall of Famer George Brett gave Lorde a Royals jersey. The 17-year-old star from New Zealand enjoyed a #1 hit with her blue-collar anthem ruminating on Maybach, Grey Goose, and the lifestyles of the rich and famous.Lorde won a “song of the year” Grammy earlier this year for the ubiquitous hit.

KOIT asserted that it banned the song because of listener complaints. There were conflicting opinions from listeners; some commented that cutting the song was absurd, or pointed out that the song didn’t have “anything to do with the opposing team.” Others noted that Lorde actually sings, “We’ll never be royals…. It didn’t run in our blood.” One listener grumpily wrote on Facebook, “Isn’t that song so last year?”Yet another listener was delighted at the change, writing, “Feel free to make that a permanent policy.” 

In Kansas City, however, the song remains hot. The station director for Kansas City’s 99.7 The Point commented, “A few angry San Franciscans who don’t have a song called ‘Giants’ won’t rain on our parade.” The station announced it would play “Royals” at the top of every hour on the opening night of the World Series.


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