Hozier’s Album Debuts At # 2 On US Billboard 200 Chart

Hozier’s Self-Titled Debut Album Debuts At # 2 On US Billboard 200 Chart

Second Highest Charting Debut Album for New Artist In 2014

Irish Musician’s Saturday Night Live Debut Continues Wave Of Acclaim

 

“Debut albums have no right to sound like this.”- Irish Times

“Gospel-inspired epic.” – New York Magazine

“Hozier hits the big time with ‘Take Me to Church’”- NY Daily News

“Hozier proved himself a consistent songwriter that unites his influences as much as he explores them.”-Billboard

“Hozier lives up to heavy buzz with his debut LP” – Boston Globe

“Hozier processes a voice that’s remarkable not only for its tonal beauty but also for its versatility”- Entertainment Weekly

Irish artist Hozier proceeds to chalk up new milestones in one of the most compelling breakthrough debuts this year.   His celebrated self-titled debut album entered the US Billboard/Soundscan 200 this week at #2 selling 57,859 copies, making it the second highest charting entry for a new artist in 2014.

Internationally, “Hozier” entered the Canadian Album Chart at #2, Belgian Album Chart at #3 and UK Album Chart at #5. It also secured Top 15 chart positions in Denmark (#9), Holland (#11) and Germany (#14).

Hozier wowed TV audiences this past weekend with an impeccable performance on Saturday Night Live, the first debut artist of 2014 to appear as musical guest on the celebrated show.  He performed “Take Me To Church” and current single “Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene .”

Rolling Stone remarked, “the rising soul singer delivered a rousing performance that ensured people don’t forget his name anytime soon.”  Entertainment Weekly declared, “Hozier wins the evening’s ‘Best Musical Moment’ with his performance of ‘Take Me To Church,’ a bluesy, eerie song the Irish singer performed with just enough soul.”

Also announced this week, Hozier has won the EBBA (European Border Breakers Award) for Ireland in 2015. The European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA) are about breaking down borders and recognising emerging European rock, pop and dance artists who achieved success in other countries than their own. http://www.europeanborderbreakersawards.eu/en/

PRAISE FOR HOZIERS SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE PERFORMANCE:

Billboard: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE RECAP: HOZIER TAKES AUDIENCE TO CHURCH IN DEBUT PERFORMANCE

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6281549/snl-saturday-night-live-recap-hozier-takes-audience-to-church-in-debut-performance-bill-hader-jan-hooks

Rolling Stone: HOZIER DELIVERS THE GOSPEL FOR BREAKTHROUGH SNL PERFORMANCE

“However, the rising soul singer delivered a rousing performance that ensured people don’t forget his name anytime soon.
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/hozier-delivers-the-gospel-for-breakthrough-snl-performance-20141012

New York Post – BILL HADER CELEBRATES SNL HOSTING WITH COMEDY FRIENDS

“Steven Spielberg had been at the show with his wife Kate Capshaw, and the two complimented Hozier on his performance as they left the studio.”

http://pagesix.com/2014/10/13/bill-hader-celebrates-snl-hosting-with-comedy-friends/

Grantland: WHO’S THAT LONG-HAIRED SINGER-SONGWRITER GUY FROM SNL THIS WEEKEND? HOZIER!

“With his commanding tenor, delicately handsome features, and lustrous locks, Hozier certainly has the physical attributes of a pop star. But his music is equally striking: ‘Take Me to Church,’ in particular, is one of the year’s singular pop hits, with a stirring piano-based arrangement spotlighting Hozier’s soaring voice.

http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/hozier-saturday-night-live-take-me-to-church/

AV Club: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: BILL HADER/HOZIER

http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/saturday-night-live-bill-haderhozier-210385

Huffington Post: HOZIER SNL PERFORMANCE OF ‘TAKE ME TO CHURCH’ BRINGS ON THE SOUL

“Hozier delivered a stirring, discarnate sermon that will undoubtedly push the artist’s album into more hands.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/12/hozier-snl_n_5973100.html

Entertainment Weekly: MEET HOZIER: THIS WEEKEND’S SNL MUSIC GUEST AND THE BLUES BROTHERS OBSESSIVE

http://music-mix.ew.com/2014/10/12/hozier-snl-bill-hader-take-me-to-church/

Idolator: HOZIER PERFORMS ‘TAKE ME TO CHURCH’ AND ‘ANGEL OF SMALL DEATH..’ ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

http://www.idolator.com/7566030/hozier-take-me-to-church-saturday-night-live

Paste Magazine: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE REVIEW – BILL HADER/HOZIER

Both songs were a nice change of pace from the two previous season 40 musical guests, as Hozier’s songs are right-sized for the intimacy of the Studio 8H stage, and even viewed from a screen, both felt exciting, fresh… like ‘live from New York’ music should be.”

http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2014/10/saturday-night-live-review-bill-haderhozier.html

Perez Hilton: HOZIER TAKES US TO CHURCH FOR HIS SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE PERFORMANCE!

http://perezhilton.com/2014-10-12-hozier-performs-saturday-night-live#.VD0jAPnF_To

Ace Showbiz: VIDEO: HOZIER PERFORMS “TAKE ME TO CHURCH” ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00075949.html

Hollywood Life: HOZIER – WATCH HIS GORGEOUS FIRST SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE PERFORMANCE

“Hallelujah! Hozier delivered a show-stopping performance of ‘Take Me to Church’ on the Oct. 11 episode of SNL.”

http://hollywoodlife.com/2014/10/12/hozier-saturday-night-live-performance-video-take-me-to-church-snl/

Music Times: HOZIER BRINGS ‘TAKE ME TO CHURCH’ HIT TO SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

http://www.musictimes.com/articles/12170/20141012/hozier-brings-take-church-hit-saturday-night-live-watch.htm

Headline Planet: HOZIER’S ‘TAKE ME TO CHURCH’ RISES ON SALES CHARTS FOLLOWING SNL

http://headlineplanet.com/home/2014/10/13/hoziers-take-church-rises-sales-chart-following-snl/

Heavy: HOZIER, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: 5 FAST FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW

http://heavy.com/entertainment/2014/10/hozier-snl-saturday-night-live-take-me-to-church-andrew-byrnes/

Village Voice (blog): HOZIER ON SNL: ONE BIG HEART-EYED EMOJI

“Take Me To Church” brought about chills, and Hozier’s impending household name status went from ‘maybe’ to ‘definitely’ in a matter of four minutes.”

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2014/10/hozier_on_snl_was_one_big_heart-eyed_emoji.php

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