Final week’s Republican Nationwide Conference didn’t simply conclude with fireworks spelling out the phrase TRUMP beside the Washington Monument. It included two makes use of of the late Leonard Cohen’s most well-known tune “Hallelujah.” In a press release on the artist’s Fb web page on Friday, representatives from Cohen’s property and Sony ATV Music Publishing stated they’re “exploring legal options” for the unauthorized use.Michelle L. Rice, authorized consultant of Leonard Cohen’s property, wrote “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 catalogue.”With an added flourish, she commented that had the RNC requested Cohen’s “You Want It Darker,” they may have reconsidered.Brian J. Monaco of Sony/ATV acknowledged that “on the eve of the finale of the convention, representatives from the Republican National Committee contacted us regarding obtaining permission for a live performance of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’. We declined their request.”Cohen’s property now joins the property of Tom Petty, Rihanna, Elton John, Adele, Weapons N Roses, Pharrell, Queen, the property of Prince, Aerosmith, Earth Wind and Fireplace, The Rolling Stones, and Neil Younger in making public their unhappiness with the Trump’s campaigns utilizing their music. Many have filed stop and desist claims.Whereas there may be grey space with licensing agreements, within the case of The Rolling Stones’s criticism concerning the repeated use of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at Trump rallies, BMI’s govt director of company communications Jodie Thomas stated that the publishing group’s Political Entities or Organizations License “clearly states that a campaign cannot rely on a venue license to authorize its performance.”Regardless of the declined request, “Hallelujah” made two appearances on Thursday night time. One was Tori Kelly’s pre-recorded model from the animated movie Sing, which performed as a part of the fireworks show. On Thursday night Kelly tweeted (after which deleted) that “neither myself nor my team received a request.”Then got here opera singer Christopher Macchio, who integrated the tune right into a medley of Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma.”An added layer to all that is the truth that “Hallelujah,” ought to one hearken to its lyrics of a “baffled king,” loneliness, and solutions of kinky intercourse, hardly make it applicable for a Republican pep rally.