This song was co-written and produced by Labrinth. The singer and producer was also behind Maynard's 2013 hit single "R U Crazy."
Maynard said about his collaboration with Labrinth: "He knew exactly what he wanted to create, in such detail that it took us three hours to record the first verse. I had to sing in a swing/jazz style, which I never imagined I'd even attempt. 'Royalty' really does sound like nothing else out there, which is such a rare quality in pop."
Jimi Hendrix opened for The Monkees on their 1967 tour, and it did not go well. The young, mostly female crowd shouted "Davy" when Hendrix sang the word "Lady" in "Foxy Lady" in honor of who they came to see: Monkees lead singer Davy Jones.