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Ever since Hozier's debut album, we've been counting down the days until his sophomore effort is released.

The critically-acclaimed work sold a whopping 4 million albums worldwide, so his next one has a lot to live up to.

Andrew Hozier Byrne has waited FOUR-AND-A-HALF YEARS to give us the goods, but we won't hold it against him.

His second album is titled Wasteland Baby! is officially coming out on March 1, and he's given us a new song to listen to while we wait. 


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The artist captioned the video; "I’m thrilled to announce my new album Wasteland, Baby!" 

"The album has been over a year in the making and it’s a pleasure to finally turn out my pockets and share the work. I want to sincerely thank fans and listeners for their continued support in between the records. See you out on the road soon.”

The new album follows Hozier's recent EP Nina Cried Power which features tunes inspired by his love for the world of music. 


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The singer from Wicklow name-checks civil rights advocates and musicians such as Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Joni Mitchell and Mavis Staples, who appears on the record.

The tracklist from Wasteland Baby! has 14 songs on it, including Movement; his latest single has been streamed over 21 million times in two months.

We can listen to the new song Almost (Sweet Music) while we wait for the album, which is sure to be HUGE.

Only 44 days until the release, but who's counting?


Hozier is set to play three intimate rehearsal shows in Dublin this September. The singer has announced he will play a special run of live shows at The Academy, Dublin.

The tickets cost a mere €30 and all proceeds from the shows will go to three charities close to the Jackie and Wilson singer’s heart.


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The charities include Safe Ireland, One In Four and the Peter McVerry Trust.

The Take Me To Church singer has stepped back from touring as he works on his second album, so we are delighted to hear he will be taking to the stage again.

Tickets are limited to two per person.

They go on sale from 9am on Friday, August 17 at ww.Hozier.com.

The Someone New singer is set to announce further Ireland, UK and European tour dates on September 17.

The 28-year-old will also be releasing new music in the coming months and we cannot wait. It’s been too long since his voice graced the charts.

Dates are as below:

Monday, September 3 – The Academy, Dublin

Wednesday, September 5 – The Academy, Dublin

Friday, September 7 – The Academy, Dublin


It's been a whirlwind couple of years for Wicklow-born musician Hozier, whose song Take Me To Church turned him from an unknown singer-songwriter into Ireland's most successful musical export of the last decade. 

The song's video, a gritty black-and-white tale of homophobic violence, was shot back in 2013 with a budget of less than €2,000 and a turnaround time of just a few days. It's since been viewed an incredible 235 million times on YouTube and was even played at this year's Grammys, where Take Me To Church was nominated for Song of the Year.

Now, the two Cork filmmakers behind the video could be set to have their work recognised on yet another international stage, with the news that their video has picked up two nominations at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson were left stunned today to hear they'd been nominated for both Best Rock Video and Best Direction at the VMAs, which take place on August 30th in Los Angeles.

"It's the nicest thing, it really is lovely to hear," Brendan told SHEmazing! today from his home in Ballincollig, Cork.

Although Take Me To Church has been nominated for countless awards since its release in 2013, including a Billboard nomination this year for Best Rock Song, and the aforementioned Grammy nod, this is one of the first times that the video itself has been recognised by a judging panel.

"It's a bit odd," Brendan admits. "We haven't really even been up for small accolades or awards and now we're being nominated for two VMAs." Although things may have been quiet on the awards front, Brendan and Conal's filmmaking careers have come a long way since the video was shot almost two years ago.

The pair, both CIT graduates, now work with other Irish artists like Gavin James, MMOTHS and Young Wonder, though they'd never rule out working with Hozier again. "He's an absolutely lovely guy," Brendan says. "Seeing him in interviews now, he is still exactly as he was two years ago."

The lads' involvement with the video might never have come about, if it wasn't for a tweet posted by Brendan after he heard the song for the first time. Hozier was already signed to independent label Rubyworks at that stage, and after a few exchanges over Twitter and via email, a deal was made and a video shot in and around rural Cork.

When did Brendan realise the video – in which Hozier himself even makes a cameo appearance as a masked thug – was a viral success? Almost instantly, he says. "The night it was uploaded, Andrew [Hozier-Byrne] messaged me and said it was getting a huge reaction on Reddit. There were hundreds and hundreds of positive comments, which was unusual because Reddit users aren't always so kind."

Within 24 hours, the video racked up 100,000 views, and that number has been growing ever since. "Suddenly the song was everywhere," says Brendan of the unexpected success. "It never stopped going viral. It's mad. We were always waiting for that point where the hype would die off but it just didn't happen."

As for the upcoming awards ceremony in Los Angeles, the lads are understandably keen to head along. "I was straight onto the record company asking, 'Can we go?,'" Brendan jokes. "The VMAs are very celebrity-focused, which is why it's really great to be recognised in the Best Direction category, it feels a bit more meaningful."

We'll be watching out for the Cork flags in the crowd on August 30th…



Hozier has performed his breakout hit Take Me To Church all over the world during the last year, with incredibly powerful performances on The Ellen Show, the Grammys and more. But this latest video has shown us the song in a whole new light.

Rising ballet star Sergei Polunin takes on Hozier's music in this stunning video, directed by photographer David LaChapelle. Sergei's moves really have to be seen to be believed – we were left totally enchanted by the whole performance!

Even Hozier himself was floored by the video, taking to Twitter to share the link and to write, "Absolutely blown away by this gorgeous piece of work from David LaChapelle and Sergei Polunin. No words. Thank you!"

The power of the human body… just amazing!



Irish musician Hozier wowed audiences last night with an epic Grammys performance, which we've been playing on repeat all morning.

The singer performed his international hit Take Me To Church before being joined on stage by music legend Annie Lennox for the second half. 

Annie then finished things up with a gorgeous rendition of I Put A Spell On You. Wow!

Even the Grammys organisers were blown away by Hozier and Annie's joint performance:

We're feeling proud to be Irish today!