The estate of Leonard Cohen is “exploring” its legal options after his song “Hallelujah” was featured twice at the Republican National Convention Thursday night. Both the estate and Sony/ATV Music Publishing have confirmed to Pitchfork that the use was not authorized.
Following Donald Trump’s acceptance speech for the Republican nomination, a recording of the song performed by Tori Kelly played during a fireworks display. Later, American tenor Christopher Macchio performed an operatic version live on camera. According to Sony/ATV Music Publishing CMO Brian J. Monaco, the Republican National Committee sought and was denied permission for a live performance the evening before the event:
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