Music video by Rufus Wainwright performing Hallelujah. (C) 2004 Geffen Records
"Hallelujah" is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen and originally released on his studio album Various Positions (1984).
Although it achieved little initial success, in recent years cover versions have been performed by a large number and broad range of artists, both in recordings and in concert, and has now surpassed "Suzanne" (written in the 1960s) to become the most-covered Cohen song.
Canadian musician Rufus Wainwright had briefly met Jeff Buckley and was struck by the singer, recording a tribute to him after his 1997 death. That song, "Memphis Skyline", referenced Buckley's version of "Hallelujah", which Wainwright would later record, though using piano and a similar arrangement to Cale's. Wainwright's version was featured on the album Shrek: Music from the Original Motion Picture, although it was Cale's version that was used in the film itself. The Shrek soundtrack, containing Wainwright's cover, was certified Double Platinum in the United States in 2003 as achieving sales of over two million copies.
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