It appears we are again in the midst of another infatuation with a cover of Hallelujah. This time, it’s the version performed by Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris at Hope For Haiti. According to Idolator,
As of yesterday, Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris’ take on “Hallelujah” from the Hope For Haiti Now telethon was the most downloaded track on iTunes from the charity event. Now it’s simply the most downloaded song on iTunes, period.
Readers may recall the Christmas 2008 Hallelujah Hullabaloo that saw Alexandra Burke’s cover of Hallelujah move into the highly valued and highly profitable Christmas No 1 position in Britain, based in large part on the publicity generated by Ms Burke’s appearance on X-Factor. 1
Just to keep things in perspective, I invite you to compare those efforts with this 1985 performance of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen – one of several versions he has sung over the years.
No one covers Cohen like Cohen.
Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah (Montreux 1985)
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