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San Francisco Radio Stations Ban Lorde's 'Royals'

Singer Lorde performing earlier this year.

Singer Lorde performing earlier this year.

The city of San Francisco, California, is home to the Giants Major League Baseball team. The team is playing the Kansas City Royals for the 2014 World Series championship. The best-of-seven-games series begins at Kauffman Stadium in the Midwest state of Missouri.

The fans of both teams are known for their deep and loyal support. For example, two San Francisco radio stations have banned Lorde’s song “Royals” from airplay. The stations tweeted that the song is off their playlists until the series is over.

In Kansas City, on the other hand, a pop radio station is doing just the opposite. It says it will play “Royals” every hour until the start of the first game.

Lorde has not commented on the choices announced by any of the stations. But the New Zealand artist has linked the song with the Kansas City team. She told the press that she was moved to write the song after reading a magazine story about the 1976 Royals team. However, the words seem completely unrelated to baseball.

Lorde sings And we’ll never be royals / It don’t run in our blood / that kind of luxe just ain’t for us / we crave a different kind of buzz.

Of course, Lorde did “hit it out of the park” with “Royals.”

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Words in this Story

stadium – n. a very large usually roofless building that has a large open area surrounded by many rows of seats and that is used for sports events, concerts, etc.

opposite – adj. different as possible; completely different from; exactly the other way

crave – v. to have a very strong desire for (something)

hit it out of the park - idiom to be very successful (from baseball, when a player hits a homerun and the ball leaves the ball park)

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