Tuesday, December 20, 2016

"Hallelujah" Debuts on Billboard Charts following Cohen's Death

Since 2013, Andrew Barovick has been a partner at Alegria & Barovick LLP, a New York-based litigation firm with a focus on areas including medical malpractice, personal injury, and Social Security Disability. Outside of work, Andrew Barovick enjoys discovering new music and staying abreast of music news. 

After his November 7, 2016, death, Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, 32 years after the song’s initial release. 

A tune Rolling Stone calls Cohen’s signature song, “Hallelujah” debuted in the 59th spot on the Hot 100 charts just weeks after the iconic musician’s death. Placing the track in the charts are its 3.8 million streams and 33,000 downloads. 

The song is perhaps best known for one of its many cover versions, by artists ranging from Jeff Buckley to Pentatonix. Numerous covers have also appeared on various Billboard charts since Cohen’s death, including versions from the previously mentioned artists. 

The Pentatonix cover, released just before Cohen’s death, finished ahead of the original on the Hot 100 that week, in the 56th spot.