Daily Beast: After reportedly declining the Republican National Committee’s request to perform Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at their convention this week, Cohen’s estate is exploring legal options because the song was played twice anyway, according to Pitchfork.
Also, no way in HELL Leonard Cohen would have appreciated Trump using Hallelujah as RNC Convention bumper music. It’s practically sacrilege.— Christy (@ChristyW907) August 28, 2020
“We are surprised and dismayed that the RNC would proceed knowing that the Cohen Estate had specifically declined the RNC’s use request, and their rather brazen attempt to politicize and exploit in such an egregious manner” a legal representative of the estate said.
In a subtle burn, the estate added, “Had the RNC requested another song, ‘You Want it Darker,’ for which Leonard won a posthumous Grammy in 2017, we might have considered approval of that song.” After President Trump’s acceptance speech, both a recording performed by Tori Kelly and an operatic version of the song were played.
Trump consistently disrespects musicians, has been forced to remove their content from his Twitter account, & received numerous cease & desist letters from BMI.— Victoria (@Doh_Doh_Burrd) August 29, 2020
The RNC was asked not to use Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, they did it anyway, twice.#ONEV1https://t.co/rfjhlXQ8dn