San Francisco radio stations ban hit song 'Royals'
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Lorde is seen arriving at Kanye West Yeezy Season 2 during Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week at Skylight Modern on September 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 19: Lorde poses for a photo after winning Single of the Year and the People's Choice Award at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards at Vector Arena on November 19, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 30: Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, known by her stage name Lorde attends the Republic Records Private Post-VMA Celebration at Ysabel on August 30, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The popular song "Royals" by New Zealand artist Lorde is getting caught up in the fervor over the upcoming World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals.
Two San Francisco radio stations say they won't play the song during the duration of the World Series.
KFOG and KOIT announced the bans last week as the Giants clinched the pennant and headed to the series. KOIT program director Brian Figula said in a statement that listeners called for the ban.
Jim Richards, KFOG's program director, said they didn't want to play a song that repeatedly says "Royals" while rooting for the hometown team.
Lorde has told VH1 that a photo of Kansas City Royals Hall of Famer George Brett signing autographs in his uniform helped inspire her song when she saw the word "Royals."