Leonard Cohen‘s legendary song “Hallelujah” was not approved to be used at the Republican National Convention — though it was, twice — and now the late singer-songwriter's team is speaking out … and threatening legal action.
Reps for both Cohen's estate and the publishing company say they rejected requests by the GOP to play or perform his song at the RNC, but President Trump‘s party ignored this and did it anyway.
Cohen estate’s lawyer, Michelle L. Rice, says they were surprised and dismayed the song was used at the RNC despite their declination, and described the move as a “brazen attempt to politicize and exploit” one of his most famous songs.
Rice also got a dig in at Trump, adding … “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.” She says the estate is now exploring legal options.
Likewise, Cohen's publishing company, Sony/ATV Music, also claims it was contacted about using “Hallelujah” on the eve of the RNC's final night, and said no, but they were ignored.
ICYMI … a version of “Hallelujah” by Tori Kelly was played during the fireworks following Trump's Thursday night speech, and was then performed live in an operatic rendition by Christopher Macchio.
Remember, it was earlier this month when Neil Young sued the Trump campaign for using his songs “Rockin' in the Free World” and “Devil's Sidewalk” before rallies, after previously warning him not to.
Cohen fans, and fans of the song, were not happy about it for a multitude of reasons … and it looks like it might be another legal issue on the desks of Trump's lawyers.