Hozier’s topping the Billboard Album Chart in the US in its first week of release is an exceptional achievement.

Only four Irish singles have ever done that with Gilbert O’Sullivan the first to do so in 1972, U2 Dounbling up in the 1980’s and Sinead O’Connor scaling the summit in 1990 with Nothing Compares 2 U.

Hozier’s album success has been achieved previously by U2 and most recently by Niall Horan but it is still a rarity fro an artist beyond the US or UK to do so.

An appearance on the Late Show was part of a significant puch in advance of the release of Wasteland Baby, as was a New York Subway appearance that went viral on social media.

The Wicklow star kicks off a major North American tour this week before returning to Ireland in the summer.

The Billboard 200 Chart will not be formally published until Wednesday but the music site revealed the news today saying that the album had recorded 89,000 album unit sales in its first week.

It will replace A Star is Born which returned to the top spot after 21 weeks on the chart following a post-Oscar surge.

That meant Ariana Grande’s spell at the top was restricted to only one week for her Thank You, Next release.

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