Hozier Is ‘Thrilled’ With First No. 1 Album & ‘Genuinely Didn’t Think’ It Could Happen

He additionally talks to the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast about fan-favorite tracks on “Wasteland, Baby!” album, his just-launched tour & help from U2.

“It feels good, I don't know tips on how to sum it up. It simply feels actually good,” Hozier tells Billboard about how he feels about scoring his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart together with his new launch, Wasteland, Baby!

The set is the singer-songwriter’s second full-length studio effort and was launched on March 1 Rubyworks/Columbia Records. The album opened atop the Billboard 200 chart dated March 16, incomes 89,000 equal album models in its first week within the U.S., based on Nielsen Music. Hozier had beforehand gone as excessive as No. 2 on the tally together with his self-titled debut album again in 2014.

“I used to be proud the brand new] album. I used to be thrilled to get it on the market,” Hozier tells the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast. (Listen to his full interview, under.) “I used to be glad that individuals noticed the place it was coming from and are having fun with this. For me it’s actually encouraging and actually thrilling. I’ve obtained hundreds individuals to thank, however I’m thrilled."

Turns out, Hozier was reasonably shocked by his No. 1 achievement. “It was a humorous week. I used to be type resigned to… I genuinely didn’t suppose that this was going to occur.” (He was possible shocked by the win as business forecasters had thought Wasteland may open at No. 2, behind Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next.)

While Hozier was very busy in the course of the album’s launch week doing heaps promotion in help the set — together with performances on CBS’ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and ABC’s Good Morning America — he additionally obtained some promo love from his fellow Irish countrymen: U2. The band tweeted on March 7, the ultimate day the monitoring week: “How do you observe a debut album like #Hozier like @Hozier simply did? Check out Wasteland, Baby! Like this,” accompanied by a hyperlink to stream or buy the album.

U2 has been supportive Hozier for some time now. So what’s it been like having the band in his nook?

“It’s such feeling; it’s surreal to me in addition to in rather a lot methods. The band U2, once more, that is so bizarre saying stuff like this, however U2 and Bono have been extremely encouraging and extremely supportive since my first launch. And seeing that tweet was extremely sort them. They champion rather a lot Irish expertise, and I’ve to say they’ve been extremely supportive. It’s a tremendous feeling… there's no greater reward. They’re such a hardworking unbelievable group musicians.”

As for the album itself, Hozier says he “needed to make music that felt proper for me, that felt trustworthy, that felt that it was coming from a private place. I needed to be sure that I used to be writing it and producing it myself as greatest I may.”

“I believe it’s an eclectic sort group songs. I’ve at all times stated that they’re all little 14 totally different viewpoints all sitting in the identical wasteland, or sitting across the identical terrible bonfire.

“I’m simply having fun with individuals discovering their very own favorites, which is one thing that’s a extremely good feeling for me.”

Speaking these favorites, are there some non-singles from the album that followers have been particularly loving? “I believe there's been rather a lot love for ‘No Plan’ on that document, which we would take a look at that as a single afterward. I believe we’ve a couple of to select from. There’s been rather a lot love for ‘To Noise Making Sing]’ and a music known as ‘Talk,’ as properly too. My favourite is the title observe. I imply I can’t say my favourite, I can’t say my favourite baby. ‘Wasteland, Baby!’ — I simply love seeing individuals displaying love for that tune, I gotta say.”

News Hozier’s No. 1 got here on March 10, the identical day his tour launched in Buffalo, N.Y. How’d opening night time go for him? “We had such a tremendous viewers, such an unbelievable crowd. There was a lot love and a lot goodwill, and I believe I’ve to thank them as properly too. I hit the stage a pair hours after the ficial announcement it going No. 1. And the group had been so, so sort. I simply stated my thank yous as properly to the viewers and allow them to in. There was simply such goodwill. I used to be really fairly stened by it I’ve to say.

“I’m touring with Jade Bird for the time being and she or he’s an unbelievable expertise and has such a tremendous voice. And once more, simply very very important. Very very important trustworthy songwriting I gotta say. I’m actually having fun with her being half the tour.

Hozier’s tour continues on by the tip November, so he’s going to be very busy on the highway this 12 months. Will he be writing new music on the highway and dealing on that subsequent No. 1 album?

Laughs] I can do my greatest! I believe I actually didn’t on the final time round, I struggled. I managed to domesticate concepts, I managed to assemble an enormous quantity concepts. Which was good for when the album cycle] ended however very exhausting to get precise correct work while you’re simply surrounded by individuals. You’re residing within the pockets 15-20 different individuals on tour], and for me I write greatest in a solitary area. But I believe I’ll try to I actually don't plan to be away so long as I used to be between the releases this time round.”

In addition to the interview with Hozier, Pop Shop Podcast hosts Keith and Katie focus on the large chart information the Jonas Brothers scoring their first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their new single “Sucker.” The brother trio’s observe debuted straight in on the high, marking simply the second time a gaggle has debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100. Plus, the crew has a throwback Chart Stat the Week about one other all-brother act, The Osmonds, topping the Hot 100 in 1971 with “One Bad Apple.”

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