UPDATE (10/5/15): Chilly Gonzales released a statement on Facebook and retracted his original comment implicating Hozier of plagiarism:
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
Hozier just released his own response on Facebook.
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 week for fear that gossip runs unchecked, as it often does. What was sought from my end was an apology and redaction of an unfair inferral. 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. Jason Beck has been co-operative and understanding, and there are no hard feelings on my part. Thank you. Andrew Hozier-Byrne
On an episode of his BBC Pop Masterclass series, Chilly Gonzales recently accused Hozier, the artist behind the hit single "Take Me To Church," of plagiarism. Gonzales noted how similar the composition is to his former collaborator Feist's "How Come You Never Go There," adding that Feist's song came out a year before Hozier's.
"Doesn't look so good, does it? 'Take Me To Church?' Maybe Feist should take him to court," he said in the video that has since been removed.
Following a report in The Times (Ireland), Hozier has started a defamation case in the High Court. His manager Caroline Downey was most recently quoted in the The Sunday Times calling Gonzales' allegations "groundless." For those unaware, Gonzales collaborated with Feist on her best-selling album Let It Die and toured Europe and Australia with her. Listen to both songs below and decide for yourself.