Leonard Cohen’s Estate Denounces Republicans’ Use of “Hallelujah”


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“If the RNC had requested another song, ‘You Want it Darker,’ for which Leonard won a posthumous Grammy in 2017, we might have considered approving that song,” the statement added.

Cohen died in 2016 at the age of 82 after a late career resumption. “Hallelujah”, first released in 1984, has become her most played song.

The use of the song has dismayed Cohen fans on social media and followed a pattern of unauthorized pop songs at Trump events and rallies.

The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Rihanna, Elton John, Adele and Queen are among dozens of musicians who have issued cease and desist letters or have spoken out against the use of their music at Trump rallies.


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