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Leonard Cohen's estate condemns Republicans for playing "alleluia" to "politicize".


Leonard Cohen's estate condemns RNC for playing "Hallelujah" twice after denying Republicans' request to use the song and is considering legal action for "brazen attempt to politicize".

  • The Leonard Cohen estate said Friday it was considering legal action after Republicans used his song "Hallelujah" twice on the RNC
  • His estate said they specifically denied a GOP request to use the song
  • Cohen's publisher, Sony / ATV Music Publishing, said the RNC reached out to them as well to use the song, which they denied
  • Michelle L. Rice, a legal representative of the Cohen estate, criticized the move as "a rather brazen attempt to politicize and exploit the song"
  • Hallelujah is one of the most popular songs by Canadian singer Leonard Cohen, who passed away in 2016

The Leonard Cohen estate said Friday it was considering legal action over the Canadian singer's use of the Canadian singer's "Hallelujah" at the Republican National Convention, calling it a brazen attempt to politicize the song.

A recording of & # 39; Hallelujah & # 39; Tori Kelly was first played during a fireworks display on Thursday night that followed President Donald Trump's acceptance speech for the Republican nomination.

A second, more operational version was performed in front of the camera by American tenor Christopher Macchio before singing Ave Maria.

Cohen's estate said in a statement that it was "surprised and dismayed" that the song had been used.

The Leonard Cohen estate said Friday it was considering legal action over the use of the Canadian song "Hallelujah" at the Republican National Convention, calling it a brazen attempt to politicize the song

A recording of & # 39; Hallelujah & # 39; Tori Kelly was first played during a fireworks display on Thursday night that followed President Donald Trump's acceptance speech for the Republican nomination

A recording of & # 39; Hallelujah & # 39; Tori Kelly was first played during a fireworks display on Thursday night that followed President Donald Trump's acceptance speech for the Republican nomination

A second, more operational version was performed in front of the camera by American tenor Christopher Macchio along with the classic Ave Maria

A second, more operational version was performed in front of the camera by American tenor Christopher Macchio along with the classic Ave Maria

The late singer's estate said he specifically declined the RNC's request to do so.

Michelle L. Rice, a legal representative of the Cohen estate, says she is currently reviewing legal options and criticizing the RNC's decision as a rather brazen attempt to politicize and exploit one of the most important songs in the world in such a tremendous way Cohen song catalog. & # 39;

"Had the RNC 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's publisher, Sony / ATV Music Publishing, said the RNC reached out to them as well to use the song, which they denied.

Hallelujah, released in 1984, was Cohen's most played song. He died in 2016 at the age of 82 after a late career revival.

The late singer's estate said he specifically declined the RNC's request to use the song

The late singer's estate said he specifically declined the RNC's request to use the song

Michelle L. Rice, a legal representative of the Cohen estate, says she is reviewing legal options and criticizing the RNC's decision as "a rather brazen attempt to politicize and exploit Hallelujah." The song was played during a fireworks display on RNC Thursday

Michelle L. Rice, a legal representative of the Cohen estate, says she is reviewing legal options and criticizing the RNC's decision as "a rather brazen attempt to politicize and exploit Hallelujah." The song was played during a fireworks display on RNC Thursday

Hallelujah, released in 1984, was Cohen's most played song. He died in 2016 at the age of 82 after a late career revival

Hallelujah, released in 1984, was Cohen's most played song. He died in 2016 at the age of 82 after a late career revival

The property released the posthumous LP Thanks For The Last Dance last November.

The song's usage dismayed Cohen fans on social media and followed a pattern of unauthorized pop songs at Trump events and rallies.

After Thursday's convention, singer Tori Kelly took to Twitter to clarify that she didn't know her rendition of & # 39; Hallelujah & # 39; would be used.

I see news of my version of Hallelujah. I just know that neither I nor my team received a request, ”she said, but later deleted the tweet.

The backlash from Cohen's estate is the latest from a number of artists who have given cease and desist statements or spoken against their music, which is used in Trump rallies.

Other artists who have refused to let Trump use their music include The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Rihanna, Elton John, Adele, and Queen.

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