San Francisco radio stations ban Lorde’s ‘Royals’ as city’s baseball team face Kansas City Royals

San Francisco Giants play the Kansas City Royals in baseball's World Series this week

Lorde‘s smash-hit ‘Royals’ has been banned from being played on various San Francisco radio stations.

The chart-topping track is regularly heard on the airwaves across the city, but several stations have decided to temporarily remove the song from their playlists in support of their local baseball team, San Francisco Giants. The Giants play the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 World Series this week, with KFOG Radio and 96.5 KOIT ruling out any subliminal support for their rivals.

“No offense, Lorde, but for the duration of the World Series, KFOG Radio will be a ‘Royals’-free zone,” KFOG Radio wrote on Twitter. Neither station has indicated whether or not the ban will continue to stand should the Royals win the World Series, which starts on Tuesday (October 21).

Earlier this year, Lorde met Kansas City Royals veteran George Brett, the baseball player who inspired her hit.

Lorde was recently the subject of a South Park gag, with Sia singing a spoof of ‘Royals’ for the long-running cartoon.
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