Hozier becomes first Irish artist since Sinead O’Connor to reach number one in US charts

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23 Apr 2024, 10:35


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Hozier has broken a major US chart record by becoming the fourth Irish artist ever to top the Billboard 100. 

His new single, Too Sweet, has officially topped the American chart, marking his first number one in the States. He’d already landed at number one in the UK and Irish charts two weeks before. 

Hozier, whose real name is Andrew Hozier Byrne, is now the first Irish artist since Sinead O’Connor to land at the top spot. O’Connor spent four weeks on the Billboard charts with Nothing Compares 2 U in 1990. 

Only two other Irish acts had topped the US charts, with U2 landing two number ones in 1987 with I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For and With or Without You.

Meanwhile, Gilbert O’Sullivan was the very first Irish singer to make it stateside, coming in at number one with Alone Again (Naturally) in July 1972.

Taking to X (formerly Twitter) Hozier shared his excitement about the incredible milestone, telling fans: “I've been both thrilled and taken massively by surprise by such a staggering reaction. It means the world that you're enjoying this song so much. Thank you all so much.”

Too Sweet is taken from the Take Me To Church singer’s new EP, Unheard, which included four tracks originally recorded for his 2023 record, Unreal Unearth. 

He shared at the time: "These are songs that might’ve made it to the circles of gluttony, limbo, violence and the outward ‘ascent’ respectively but could not for different reasons. I’m very glad I’ll get to share them with you.”

Hozier recently discussed the loss of his fellow Billboard chart topper Sinead O’Connor, telling Newsnight that he was “walking on this road that she paved” after she ripped up a picture of the Pope on live television in 1992, in protest of the Catholic Church's involvement in child sexual abuse.

In 2013, the Irish musician followed in O’Connor’s footsteps and in his debut single, criticised the church for its teaching of “shame about sexual orientation”.

Talking about the way people reacted to his criticism of the church compared to O’Connor’s, the alternative-rock artist stated: “I think sensibilities have changed. I think part of it was because Sinéad was a woman.

"I think a lot of it is she was one of the first who had that courage to stand up and say it.”