Irish singer Hozier is threatening Chilly Gonzales with legal action after the latter accused him of plagiarism.
Gonzales recently commented on the similarities between Hozier’s massive-selling single ‘Take Me To Church’ and Feist‘s 2011 song ‘How Come You Never Go There’, which was released almost two years before Hozier’s hit.
Responding to the claims, Hozier’s manager Caroline Downey described the allegations as “groundless” and confirmed to the Irish edition of The Sunday Times that she and her client will seek legal action.
The Berlin-based Gonzales regularly posts music lessons to YouTube in which he deconstructs popular songs on piano. “This sounds quite familiar to me, I must say,” Gonzales said of ‘Take Me To Church’ in his now-deleted clip. “This very slow and noble triple time and those sad chords. I think I know what it might be.”
Proceeding to play the Feist song, he added: “It’s almost the exact same thing. 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,” the musician said.
Chilly Gonzales and Feist have collaborated and toured together in the past.
Compare both Hozier and Feist’s songs below.