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Hozier to sue Canadian music producer for claiming Take Me To Church plagiarised another song

By Claire Cromie

Published 05/10/2015

Hozier and his band play Belsonic 2015 at Belfast's Custom House Square. Pic Luke Joyce
Hozier and his band play Belsonic 2015 at Belfast's Custom House Square. Pic Luke Joyce
Fans at Belsonic to see Hozier. Pic Luke Joyce
Fans at Belsonic to see Hozier. Pic Luke Joyce
Hozier and his band play Belsonic 2015 at Belfast's Custom House Square. Pic Luke Joyce
Fans at Belsonic to see Hozier. Pic Luke Joyce
Fans at Belsonic to see Hozier. Pic Luke Joyce
Hozier and his band play Belsonic 2015 at Belfast's Custom House Square. Pic Luke Joyce
Fans at Belsonic to see Hozier. Pic Luke Joyce
Fans at Belsonic to see Hozier. Pic Luke Joyce
Hozier and his band play Belsonic 2015 at Belfast's Custom House Square. Pic Luke Joyce
Fans at Belsonic to see Hozier. Pic Luke Joyce
Fans at Belsonic to see Hozier. Pic Luke Joyce
Hozier and his band play Belsonic 2015 at Belfast's Custom House Square. Pic Luke Joyce
Fans at Belsonic to see Hozier. Pic Luke Joyce
Hozier and his band play Belsonic 2015 at Belfast's Custom House Square. Pic Luke Joyce
Hozier and his band play Belsonic 2015 at Belfast's Custom House Square. Pic Luke Joyce
Hozier and his band play Belsonic 2015 at Belfast's Custom House Square. Pic Luke Joyce
Hozier and his band play Belsonic 2015 at Belfast's Custom House Square. Pic Luke Joyce
Hozier and his band play Belsonic 2015 at Belfast's Custom House Square. Pic Luke Joyce
Hozier and his band play Belsonic 2015 at Belfast's Custom House Square. Pic Luke Joyce
Hozier and his band play Belsonic 2015 at Belfast's Custom House Square. Pic Luke Joyce

Hozier is taking legal action against a Canadian music producer who claimed his hit Take Me To Church was a rip-off of another song.

Chilly Gonzales accused the Irish singer of plagiarising the song How Come You Never Go There by Canadian songwriter Feist, according to a Sunday Times report.

Gonzales made the claim in a YouTube video, saying Take Me to Church was "almost the exact same" as the song released in 2011 - two years earlier - by Feist.

Hozier's manager Caroline Downey has described the allegations as "groundless" and confirmed to the The Sunday Times Ireland that she and her client will seek legal action.

Hozier, born Andrew Hozier Byrne, recorded the soulful, bluesy hit Take Me to Church in the attic of his parent's home in Bray, Co Wicklow. The lyrics take issue with the Catholic Church and its stance on homosexuality.

"I was just fumbling around and I came upon the idea for a chorus," he told Rolling Stone in January, "then I went up into the attic and made a little demo."

The song quickly became an unexpected global sensation, reaching the number-one spot in 12 countries.

In a 2014 interview with American Songwriter, Hozier said he was a "huge Leslie Feist fan".

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