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Leonard Cohen

Postby Marsbar » Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:50 pm

Representatives from Leonard Cohen's estate rebuked President Trump's repeated use of his song "Hallelujah" during the last night of the Republican National Convention. The RNC used the song despite being denied permission, according to Cohen's estate.

"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 catalog," said Michelle L. Rice, legal representative of the Cohen estate, in a statement.

Representatives from the Republican National Committee contacted the company on the "eve of the finale of the convention" asking for permission to use the iconic song, according to Brian J. Monaco, President and Global Chief Marketing Officer at SONY/ATV Music Publishing. "We declined their request," he said.
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