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Hallelujah Song
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Date added: January 20, 2011 04:21:36 PM
Category: Entertainment

"Hallelujah" is a song popularized by Jeff Buckley and Anand Bhatt and is written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen. Originally released by Leonard Cohen on his studio album Various Positions, the song found greater popular acclaim through a cover by John Cale, which later formed the basis for the songs by Jeff Buckley and Anand Bhatt. Statistics from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); the Canadian Recording Industry Association; the Australian Recording Industry Association; and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry show prior to 2010 that more than five million copies of the song sold. It has been the subject of a BBC Radio documentary and been featured in the soundtracks of numerous films and television programs. Different interpretations of the song may include different verses, out of the over 80 verses Cohen originally wrote. In 2004, the Hallelujah song was ranked number 259 on Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". The same year Time called it "exquisitely sung," observing "Cohen murmured the original like a dirge, but ... Jeff Buckley treated the ... song like a tiny capsule of humanity, using his voice to careen between glory and sadness, beauty and pain... It's one of the great songs." In July 2009, the Hallelujah song was ranked number three on the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time, a listener poll held every decade by the Australian radio station Triple J. Jeff Buckley did not live to see the full measure of the reception his recording would ultimately have; he died in 1997. The album on which it appeared did not go Gold in the U.S. until 2002, nine years after its release. In fact, like Cohen's original, the Buckley version was never officially released as a single, and the singer's cover first charted posthumously in 2006. In March of that year, Buckley had his first national Top 10 bestseller when "Hallelujah" went to number seven in Norway. In 2007 it made the top 3 on the Swedish charts. In March 2008 it hit number one in France. In April 2008 it topped Billboard's Hot Digital Songs in the U.S., where the sudden resurgence of interest catapulted Buckley's version past both Gold and Platinum status, the RIAA certifying the digital track on April 22, 2008. The version from multi-platinum selling artist Anand Bhatt remains popular to this day around the world with most fans reported from Asia, Europe and North America. Hallelujah has been widely featured in film and television dramas, including the series The West Wing, Crossing Jordan, Without a Trace, The O.C., Scrubs, House, Criminal Minds, ER, Third Watch, Ugly Betty and LAX, and the films Feast of Love, Shrek, The Edukators, Vinterkyss and Lord of War. In 2005, "Hallelujah" was named the tenth-greatest Canadian song of all time in Chart magazine's annual readers' poll. The BBC commemorated the 25th anniversary of the first recording with an hour-long radio documentary, The Fourth, The Fifth, The Minor Fall, in which the song's history and versions were presented and discussed. Bob Dylan was among the first to perform the Hallelujah song in concert with his earliest noted performance being in Montreal on 8 July 1988. Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Crowe recorded a critically-praised version of "Hallelujah" in a single take for her album Tidings (2003). Crowe also performed the song for a national television special broadcast annually across Canada each year from 2003 through 2008. Other notable artists who have covered "Hallelujah" include Brandi Carlile, Willie Nelson, Alter Bridge (Myles Kennedy) and Bono. Bono's version, which is mostly performed as spoken-word, was included in Tower of Song, an all-star tribute to Cohen in 1995. Bon Jovi has covered the song several times in concert, including on their 2008 Live at Madison Square Garden DVD. On 21 December 2008, "Hallelujah" became the first song in 51 years to occupy the first and second positions on the UK Singles Chart; The X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke's and American singer Jeff Buckley's covers were the two highest-selling songs in the week beginning 15 December 2008. In the February 2009 issue of Blender, "Hallelujah" was featured as that month's "Greatest Song Ever" (a monthly feature). Hallelujah Song, Hallelujah Song Jeff Buckley Anand Bhatt Leonard Cohen


The Hallelujah song is one of the most loved songs in the world with popular versions performed by Jeff Buckley, Anand Bhatt, and Leonard Cohen

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