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Was George Brett the Royals player who inspired Lorde’s monster hit?

Updated: 2013-11-21T16:39:24Z


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OK, we’re the last to know this, right? Turns out that 17-year-old Lorde’s megahit song, “Royals” — the one that’s topped the Billboard Hot 100 for seven straight weeks now — was inspired by one of our own boys in blue in Kansas City.

When the teen singer-songwriter sat down with VH1 a few weeks back to explain the song that mocks the luxe lifestyle of famous musicians, she revealed her inspiration: a photo of a Kansas City Royals baseball player. Could it be George Brett?

Says VH1: "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."

In that interview, Lorde explained how she "had this image from the National Geographic of this dude just signing baseballs. He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals.’

“It was just that word. It’s really cool.”

We think it was this photo of a young George Brett signing baseballs at the ballpark. With the help of a few astute readers, we dug out this photo by National Geographic photographer Ted Spiegel.

But before we go and make this the new team anthem, know that young Lorde also professes a lifelong “fascination with aristocracy.”

You know, those other royals.

“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,” she told VH1.

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