25-year-old Irish singer-songwriter Hozier took to Facebook Monday night denying claims that he was taking Canadian musician and songwriter Jason Beck, stage name Chilly Gonzales, to court.

There has been some talk in the press of legal action and I’d like to clarify my position and the goings-on of the past…

Posted by Hozier on Monday, 5 October 2015

The issue surfaced last week as Gonzales uploaded a video, now deleted from his channel, in which he points out similarities between “Take Me To Church” and Leslie Feist’s “How Come You Never Go There”, a song he coproduced that was released about two years before Hozier’s gargantuan hit.

“It’s almost the exact same thing,” Gonzales claimed. “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?”


Chilly Gonzales ©PopScreen

Various media outlets have since reported Hozier and his team were taking legal actions against Gonzales’s “groundless” allegations.

But in his latest Facebook post, the “Someone New” singer clarifies he did not press charges and “there are no hard feelings”.

What he wanted was “an apology and redaction of an unfair inferral,” the request which was answered several hours afterwards as Gonzales apologised in his official page:

I would like to fully retract any and all implication of copyright infringement in last week’s Pop Music Masterclass “Take Me To Church” and sincerely apologize to Hozier whose work I respect. Chilly Gonzales

Posted by Chilly Gonzales on Monday, 5 October 2015