” Take Me to Church ” is by Hozier ( Andrew Hozier-Byrne ), the Irish musician. Written by Hozier, the song is his first single from his debut album, Hozier.
Hozier was a struggling musician when he wrote and recorded the song in the attic of the home of his parents in County Wicklow, Ireland.
He came to the attention on the independent record label Rubyworks and record producer Rob Kirwan, who has worked with U2 and Depeche Mode.
Rob set about overdubbing the original demo track from Hozier with live instruments. Two musicians feature on the track, Hozier himself and drummer Fiachra Kinder.
The song explores his frustration with the Catholic Church and his thoughts on homosexuality. In a Rolling Stone interview, Hozier said ” The history speaks for itself, and I grew incredibly frustrated and angry. I essentially just put that into my words “.
As a debut single, ” Take Me to Church ” proved to be a good choice as the first release. The song was first to find success in Hozier’s native Ireland.
There the song entered IRMA Chart ( Irish Recorded Music Association ) and climbed to number two, giving Hozier his first taste of success with the song.
In the United States, more success was to follow after Hozier performed the song on the Late Show with David Letterman. The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 and moved steadily up to reach number two for three consecutive weeks.
Sales figures for the song in the United States stand at 4,270,000 copies as of July 2015.
Along with success in Ireland and the US, Hozier has also found success with the song in Australia, Canada and New Zealand where it reached number two.
In the United Kingdom, ” Take Me to Church ” entered the UK Singles Chart and climbed to reach number two. The song spent fifteen weeks in the Top Ten and a total of seventy-six weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 2
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 2, Austria (Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 2, Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 2, Colombia (National Report Top Rock) 1, Croatia (Airplay Radio Chart) 4, Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) 1, Denmark (Tracklisten) 4, Dominican Republic(Monitor Latino) 2, Europe (Euro Digital Songs) 2, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 4, France (SNEP) 2, Germany (Official German Charts) 2, Greece Digital Songs (Billboard) 1, Hungary (Single Top 40) 1, Iceland (Tonlist Lagalistinn) 1, India (Angrezi Top 20) 3, Ireland (IRMA) 2, Israel (Media Forest) 10, Italy (FIMI) 1, Lebanon (The Official Lebanese Top 20) 1, Luxembourg Digital Songs (Billboard) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 2, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 2, Norway (VG-lista) 2, Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100) 1, Russia (2M) 6, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 3, Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) 1, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 6, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
Official Website: Hozier.com
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/hoziermusic
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Hozier
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