Hozier Rises on Rock Charts Ahead of Debut Album

Ramona Rosales
Hozier at Lollapalooza on August 1st, 2014 in Grant Park, Chicago photographed by Ramona Rosales.

The singer/songwriter soars onto Hot Rock Songs with 'Jackie and Wilson.' Plus, chart action for Counting Crows and Linkin Park.

It's been an eventful past 12 months for Hozier. Nearly a year ago (on Sept. 25, 2013), the Irish singer/songwriter posted his video for "Take Me to Church" on YouTube. It's now amassed more than 8.7 million worldwide views.

Hozier Gains Following With 'Church'

This week, not only is "Church" scaling the Hot Rock Songs top 10 (No. 9), Hozier (born Andrew Hozier Byrne) places four other titles on the chart, including "Jackie and Wilson," which becomes his highest debut (No. 18). A nod to soul singer Jackie Wilson ("We'll name our children Jackie and Wilson, raise 'em on rhythm and blues"), the track debuts with all its chart points from digital sales (18,000 first-week U.S. downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan).

Meanwhile, "Church" has spent four months and counting in the Adult Alternative Songs top 10. It topped the airplay tally dated Aug. 16.

On Aug. 28, a tweet of endorsement from Taylor Swift helped propel Hozier's "Work Song" to No. 1 on the real-time Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart for almost 24 hours. It pushes 48-46 on Hot Rock Songs.

The tracks preview Hozier's self-titled full-length debut album, due Oct. 7.

CROWS FLY: Counting Crows notch their highest-charting album in more than six years, as Somewhere Under Wonderland bows at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with 32,000 first-week copies sold. It's the group's sixth Billboard 200 top 10 and first since Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings debuted and peaked at No. 3 in 2008.

Lead radio single "Scarecrow" lifts 9-8 on Adult Alternative Songs. It's the band's first top 10 on the chart in five years and its 14th overall.

"These songs [are] a little weirder than songs in the past, a little more imaginative," Duritz told Billboard of the group's new material in April. "I wasn't really sure about them at first, [but] the guys flipped out. So [I thought], 'Okay, maybe I'll stick with this.'"

UP AND 'GONE': Linkin Park crowns Mainstream Rock Songs with "Until It's Gone" (2-1). With prior single "Guilty All the Same" (featuring Rakim) having led for three weeks in March, the band links back-to-back leaders for the first time since "Breaking the Habit" (three weeks, 2004) and "What I've Done" (eight, 2007).

Linkin Park's new No. 1 is its eighth dating to its first leader, 2003's "Somewhere I Belong."


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