Even though the song references diamonds and tigers, "Royals" by Lorde is not about baseball. And yet, in the best pop culture news for the Kansas City Royals since Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Rob Riggle and others first pined for Bruce Chen, it turns out the baseball team in K.C. inspired Lorde to write the No. 1 hit. Really.
Back in September, this is what the 16-year-old pop sensation from New Zealand told VH-1:
“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."
It wasn’t just a photo of a baseball player, though. Lorde is also a massive history buff and her love of the real life royals of the past also played a part in creating the song.
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