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Who knew that when VH-1 reported that “‘Royals’ has seized the zeitgeist,” it meant the Kansas City Royals?

And that Zeitgeist isn’t some up-and-coming minor-league reliever.

It’s that hit song by 16-year-old New Zealand singer Lorde, who revealed that a photo of a Royals baseball player inspired her.


From VH-1: “There’s no denying the fact that ‘Royals’ has seized the zeitgeist. And speaking of that track, Lorde herself recently spoke to us about how the song was inspired in part with her obsession with historic monarchs and, strangely enough, by an image of a baseball player wearing a Kansas City Royals jersey in National Geographic.”

Hmmm….the Google button doesn’t turn up that particular photo, but we digress. She’s singing about the Royals!

“I had this image from the National Geographic of this dude just signing baseballs,” Lorde explained to VH-1. “He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals.’ … It was just that word. It’s really cool.”

Of course, it might also be those other royals because she ‘fessed to a “fascination with aristocracy,” more like Prince George than George Brett.

“Like, the kings and queens of 500 years ago…they’re like rock stars. If there was a TMZ 500 years ago, it would be about like Henry VIII and Marie Antoinette and all those people.”