Hozier has debuted at No. 1 in the US with his new album, Wasteland, Baby!.

The news that the Bray singer has topped the Billboard 200 album chart comes as he begins his North American tour, which will run until the middle of next month.

Wasteland, Baby! is his first No. 1 album in the US.  

Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment about the album - his second - Hozier said: "I think this record, there's a lot of love songs. I find I would write songs about other things, albeit through the lens of a love song, or through the surface that's wrapped up in a love song.

"But I don't know, some of the songs for me are characterised as a farewell to things, or a worry or a concern of bad and terrible things to come. 

"A lot of the album was trying to be a squeeze of the hand"

"It tries to hold on to some warm centre or redemptive sort of point of, yes; there are all these terrible things that we can fear or lose and have to say farewell to, but there is still the potential of such kindness and such goodness in people, so much love in people and that's still there."

Read the full interview here.

Hozier returns home for shows at Independent Park, Cork on June 25 and Belsonic Festival, Belfast on June 27.

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