Lorde’s “Royals” was inspired by the Kansas City Royals


Lorde’s “Royals” was one of the biggest smash singles of this past summer and although the song focuses on rejecting the materialism and lavish lifestyles of today’s popular culture, the inspiration behind the track comes from an unlikely source…the Kansas City Royals.

Here’s some VH1 interview footage of the New Zealand teenager explaining how the baseball team inspired one of the most popular songs of the year.

“I had this image from the National Geographic of this dude just signing baseballs,” Lorde told us when we sat down with her recently. “He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals.’” Lorde was so taken by the image and the word that she penned the song around that idea. ”It was just that word. It’s really cool.”

So I guess the Royals aren’t completely useless after all.

UPDATE: Here’s the photo that reportedly inspired the singer:

Young fans hold up baseballs for Royals star George Brett to sign.

[Sporting News]

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Pete Blackburn
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