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Hozier's 'Nina Cried Power' Is Adult Alternative Songs Chart's Highest Debut in Two Years

Edward Cooke


The lead single from Hozier's new EP of the same name features Mavis Staples.

Irish singer-songwriter Hozier storms back onto Billboard's rock charts with his new EP, Nina Cried Power, led by its Mavis Staples-assisted title track, all of which debut on multiple tallies dated Sept. 22.

"Nina Cried Power," the set's lead single, bows at No. 13 on the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Rock Songs chart, where it's Hozier's best debut, eclipsing the No. 18 start of "Jackie and Wilson" in September 2014.

"Power" begins with 2.4 million streams and 4,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music, in its first full week of availability, ending Sept. 13; the four-song EP was released Sept. 6.

The song also starts on radio in a big way, bowing at No. 8 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart. Not only is that Hozier's top debut on the list by far, exceeding his No. 23 arrivals with "Take Me to Church" and "From Eden" in 2014, it's also the highest entrance on the tally in over two years, dating to the No. 8 debut of Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Dark Necessities" in May 2016.

Additionally, "Power" makes its maiden appearance on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart at No. 44, thanks to 1.5 million audience impressions. In addition to its strong start on Adult Alternative Songs, it's bubbling under the Alternative Songs airplay chart. As the featured artist on "Power," Staples scores her first-ever top 10 on a Billboard airplay chart.

The three other songs from the Nina Cried Power EP join "Power" on Hot Rock Songs: "Shrike" (No. 30), "NFWMB" (No. 34) and "Moment's Silence (Common Tongue)" (No. 38). Hozier's second full-length -- following his 2014 self-titled debut -- is on its way, although a release date has not yet been announced. Hozier yielded the multi-format smash "Take Me to Church," which crowned Hot Rock Songs for 23 weeks and reached No. 2 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.