THE HAGUE, Netherlands (April 22, 2013)--A specially-written song specially that was to have been sung by the nation to the Netherlands' new king on the day of his inauguration was "withdrawn" by its producer after it triggered a storm of online criticism and ridicule.
Producer and writer John Ewbank said on his Facebook page that he was scrapping the song after he was subjected to a torrent of online abuse since the song’s official launch Friday.
The national committee coordinating celebrations for the April 30 inauguration of King Willem-Alexander said in a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press Sunday it "regrets the situation" but understands Ewbank's decision.
The committee says it still wants the nation to sing to its new monarch and is looking for alternatives.
The King's Song was No. 1 in the Dutch iTunes chart Sunday morning.