Leonard Cohen’s Estate May Sue Over RNC’s Use of ‘Hallelujah’
Leonard cohenThe legendary song “Hallelujah” was not approved for use at the Republican National Convention – even if it was, twice – and now the team of the late singer-songwriter are speaking out. .. and threat of legal action.
Representatives for Cohen’s estate and the publishing company said they rejected GOP requests to perform or perform his song at the RNC, but President TrumpThe party ignored it and did it anyway.
The lawyer for the Cohen estate, Michelle L. Rice, said he was surprised and dismayed that the song was used at the RNC despite its declension, and described the move as a “brazen attempt to politicize and exploit” one of his most famous songs.
Rice also had a dig at Trump, adding … “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. . ” She says the estate is now exploring legal options.
Likewise, Cohen’s publishing company Sony / ATV Music also claims to have been contacted about the use of “Hallelujah” on the eve of the RNC’s last night, and said no, but they were. ignored.
ICYMI … a version of “Hallelujah” by Tori Kelly was performed during the fireworks display following Trump’s speech on Thursday night, and then performed live in a lyrical performance by Christopher Macchio.
Remember, it was earlier this month when Neil young continued the Trump campaign to use his songs “Rockin ‘in the Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk” before the rallies, after warning him not to do so.
Cohen fans and fans of the song weren’t happy with this for a multitude of reasons … and it looks like it could be another legal issue on the desks of Trump’s attorneys.
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