Leonard Cohen’s much-beloved song “Hallelujah” has ascended to the Hot 100 for the first time in history, following the legendary Canadian singer’s passing.
First released 32 years ago, the song debuted on the Billboard charts for the first time this week on the backs of 33,000 downloads and 3.8 million streams. It officially charted at number 59. The single also likely received a boost following Kate McKinnon’s performance, as Hillary Clinton, of the song on “Saturday Night Live”.
Cohen’s original “Hallelujah” isn’t the first to chart in the Hot 100. Cohen covers by Pentatonix, Justin Timberlake, with Matt Morris and Charlie Sexton, and a trio of singing competition contestants (Jordan Smith, Lee DeWyze and Matthew Schuler) have all previously charted.
Cohen’s album “You Want It Darker” also returned to the Top 10 this week. The legendary singer passed away on Nov. 7, 2016 in his Los Angeles home.