Hozier takes Chilly Gonzales to court… or not

Canadian musician apologizes to Ireland artist for comparing his hit to one of Feist's

Chilly Gonzales has apologized to Hozier for comparing the Irish singer’s hit single Take Me To Church to Feist’s four-year-old song How Come You Never Go There.

After Hozier’s manager, Caroline Downey, told UK newspaper the Sunday Times that her client planned to file a defamation lawsuit in response to the allegation, which the Berlin-based former Toronto resident made in a YouTube video, Hozier took to Facebook to clarify the situation. 

“What was sought from my end was an apology and redaction of an unfair inferral,” Hozier wrote in a Facebook post on Monday, October 5. “This has been issued by Jason Beck (Chilly Gonzales), which I very much appreciate. I will continue to follow and respect his work and look forward to moving on from this issue.”

In Gonzales’s since-deleted video, he said Hozier’s “slow and noble triple time” and “sad chords” seemed familiar and then played the Feist song. “It’s almost the exact same thing,” he said. “That’s a crazy coincidence that my good friend and musical little sister Feist, with her song How Come You Never Go There, had the exact same idea to use those chords and that slow triple time as Hozier. What are the chances?

“I’m being told by the research staff that Feist’s track came out well over a year before Hozier’s. Doesn’t look so good, does it? Take Me To Church? Maybe Feist should take him to court.”

Decide for yourself:

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