Leonard Cohen Estate Scolds Trump for “Unauthorized Use” of “Hallelujah” at RNC

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Representatives from Leonard Cohen’s estate berated President Trump’s repeated use of his song “Hallelujah” on the final night of the Republican National Convention. The RNC used the song despite being denied permission, according to Cohen’s estate.”We are surprised and dismayed that the RNC proceeds knowing that the Cohen Estate had specifically declined the request to use the RNC, and their rather brazen attempt to politicize and so blatantly exploit ‘Hallelujah’, the one of the most important songs in the Cohen Songbook, ”said Michelle L. Rice, legal representative of the Cohen Estate, in a statement.

Representatives of the Republican National Committee contacted the company on the “eve of the convention finale” to request permission to use the iconic song, according to Brian J. Monaco, president and chief marketing officer at SONY / ATV Music Publishing. “We refused their request,” he said.



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