Leonard Cohen Reps Say GOP Was Turned Down on Request for ‘Hallelujah’ – Variety

Representatives of the late Leonard Cohen’s estate and publishing company have both issued statements saying they declined requests for his song “Hallelujah” to be used at the Republican National Convention — even though it was played twice following the conclusion of Donald Trump’s speech Thursday night.

The estate’s attorney made a threat of legal action as part of her statement.

Said Michelle L. Rice, the Cohen estate’s lawyer: “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 ‘Hallelujah,’ one of the most important songs in the Cohen song catalogue. We are exploring our legal options.”

 

Source: Leonard Cohen Reps Say GOP Was Turned Down on Request for ‘Hallelujah’ – Variety