In A Week is our look back at Hozier highlights and happenings from the previous week.
When he performed in Cardiff recently, Hozier donated a sketch to Llamau, an organization in Wales that supports young people and vulnerable women facing homelessness. Their event, Celebrity Illustrating Homelessness, will take place on May 16, 2016 in Cardiff. Details about how to bid for the sketch online or by phone will be forthcoming closer to the date.
— Llamau (@LlamauUK) March 18, 2016
It’s been almost 3 years since Hozier’s Take Me To Church was first released on Bandcamp. The song continues to spread and grow around the world. Last week it was #1 in Moldova.
Hozier – Take Me To Church #1 in the Moldovan iTunes top 100 chart. https://t.co/5MSbQYHDVW
— Music chart Bot (@composMentls) March 22, 2016
The global iTunes chart has Take Me To Church at #6 in Uzbekistan and #10 in Belarus, while unexpectedly, To Be Alone, which has never been released as a single, is #108 on the iTunes chart for Mozambique.
Remarkably, after 130 weeks on the Irish charts, last week Take Me To Church was still there at #65, while the album Hozier remains in the top 10 at #9. (The album recently rebounded from #27 to #6 after Hozier’s appearance on The Late, Late Show 2 weeks ago.)
In the UK, Take Me To Church is still in the top 100 chart after 84 weeks. And Take Me To Church was recently certified 6X Platinum in Australia.
The song has over half-a-BILLION streams on Spotify. Despite that impressive feat, with almost 16 million queries on Shazam, Take Me To Church – and in turn Hozier – is still being discovered around the world.
Alex Ryan was back in the home studio this week with his brother Patrick working on new bass-heavy music. We can’t wait!
Hozier talks to Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jamie MacColl about his whether his songs are protest music in this documentary on BBC. (Repeat.)
— BBC Radio 4 (@BBCRadio4) March 26, 2016
Upcoming: The Late, Late Show (USA)
Hozier is scheduled to tape The Late, Late Show with James Corden in Los Angeles on April 4th.
— Hozier's Guitars (@HoziersGuitars) March 23, 2016
Upcoming: The Artist’s Den
And on April 8th, the long-awaited episode of The Artist’s Den with Hozier will air on PBS in the USA. Visit the site for international viewing options as well as 2 trailers for The Artist’s Den with Hozier. Don’t miss the photos from the taping that happened on October 17 and additional information about this gorgeous and historic venue.
— The Artists Den (@TheArtistsDen) March 24, 2016
Hozier relished being home again.
I missed Dublin. I missed the sound of laughter on a street, of loud insults delivered to friends in highest praise.
— Hozier (@Hozier) March 22, 2016
In honour of National Puppy Day, we reposted this great clip of Hozier trying to duet with his dog, Elwood.
Coincidentally, Hozier’s photographer and friend Dara Munnis had just been at a shoot and met Elwood’s dad. A few minutes later, we had a photo of puppy Elwood! (The collective “Awww” was heard around the globe.)
— Dara Munnis (@daramunnis) March 23, 2016
Alex Ryan has bass on his mind this week, posting a progress update on his new custom Skjold Designs bass.
Alana Henderson was re-discovering her domestic side, post-tour.
Rachael Lampa is soaking up her time at home with family and camp fires.
Little Green Cars
The Independent interviewed Stevie Appleby and Adam O’Regan from Little Green Cars as part of their Windmill Lane Sessions. The band also performed Easier Day and a cover of Neil Young’s Philadelphia.
March 26th was the 3rd anniversary of the release of the band’s first album Absolute Zero.
Little Green Cars kicked off their tour in St. Louis, MO this past week. They will be performing 36 shows in 47 days across the USA and Canada. Follow their Instagram and Twitter to keep up with them on the road, including fun requests to hang out. Check their site for tour dates and tickets.
Stevie Appleby will have his very first UK art exhibit in April. If you’re anywhere near Arundel Castle, go check it out! He’s also started a new series of sketches to work on during those long stretches of road between gigs.
My talented bus buddy. On route to St.Louis pic.twitter.com/Fn2BkriV3s
— Faye O'Rourke (@fayeshouse) March 23, 2016
The 3 from Bray made an appearance on UTV talking about their Letter to Willow EP and being inspired by their friend Hozier. Wyvern Lingo played Cypress Avenue in Cork on Saturday night. Watch for them at The Button Factory in Dublin on Friday, April 1st and The Islington in London on May 21st.
Wyvern Lingo are the coolest, wickedly-incredible-music-making people ever. I LOVE seeing them, they're pure class. pic.twitter.com/AMYXlRYMlh
— Maeve Towey (@Maeve_T) March 26, 2016
Morgan and Gemma are back from a successful trip to SXSW in Austin, Texas and played a mystery gig in Wexford on Friday night. Look for them at The Islington in London on May 18 and the Unitarian Church in Dublin on May 27.
Saint Sister performed Castles on the Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ on Saturday.
Hozier touring alumna, Jess Kav’s new band BARQ, launched their first single on Wednesday. Have a listen to Gentle Kind of Lies.
— BARQ (@BARQ_music) March 24, 2016
Feel Good Lost
Brendan Canty’s film company Feel Good Lost created the famed Take Me To Church video. Recently, he directed an ad for Budweiser featuring MMA champion Conor McGregor wandering the streets of his North Dublin neighbourhood talking about dreaming big. The ad has been controversially banned by RTÉ, the Irish national broadcaster, for “possibly encouraging underage children to drink alcohol.” Judge for yourself: The ad is here.
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Featured image: Hozier for Llamau