Donald Trump’s marketing campaign and the Republican Nationwide Committee are below fireplace for the usage of one other piece of music: Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
The singer-songwriter’s property and Sony/ATV Publishing say that they particularly declined the Republican Nationwide Committee’s request for the tune, but it surely was performed anyway in the course of the last evening of the conference, as Trump delivered his acceptance speech from the South Garden of the White Home.
Michelle Rice, authorized consultant for Cohen’s property, mentioned in an announcement that they had been “surprised and dismayed” that the RNC would use the tune realizing they “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.”
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Leonard Cohen performs in 2012
She mentioned that they’re exploring authorized choices but additionally acquired in a dig on the marketing campaign.
“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,” Rice mentioned.
Sony/ATV Publishing additionally weighed in. Brian Monaco, its president and world chief advertising and marketing officer, mentioned, “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.”
The tune was heard a minimum of twice — as soon as as Tori Kelly’s prerecorded rendition after which as carried out dwell by opera singer Christopher Macchio from the White Home balcony.
A spokesperson for the Republican Nationwide Committee didn’t instantly return a request for remark.
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This hardly is the primary time that the Trump marketing campaign has run into opposition from musicians for the usage of their music. Tom Petty’s household objected to the usage of “I Won’t Back Down” at a Trump rally in June, as an illustration. The Rolling Stones additionally despatched a authorized warning to the marketing campaign over the usage of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” which had been a Trump commonplace.
In actual fact, complaints about Trump utilizing particular songs date to the earlier presidential race. Neil Younger’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” was performed when the then-Apprentice host introduced his candidacy after descending an escalator on the Trump Tower in New York in June 2015. He later was condemned by the members of Queen for utilizing “We Are the Champions” on the 2016 Republican Nationwide Conference in Cleveland.
A number of complaints have been raised since then by Rihanna, who objected to the use of her hit tune “Don’t Stop the Music” at a 2018 Trump rally in Tallahassee, FL; by Pharrell Williams, whose Oscar-nominated “Happy” was performed at a Trump rally hours after 11 individuals had been killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October 2018; and by Panic! on the Disco’s Brendon Urie, whose “High Hopes” performed at Trump’s Phoenix occasion this yr.
Hallelujah has develop into a typical, not simply at public occasions, however in motion pictures like Shrek and, extra just lately, the trailer for Justice League: The Snyder Lower. Though it’s been used to mark moments of tragedy and pleasure, the phrases, as critics have famous, don’t essentially lend themselves to celebration.
David Robb and Erik Pedersen contributed to this report.