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Cohen calls for moratorium on Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen has urged his musical peers to stop recording cover versions of his classic song Hallelujah over fears of a public backlash due to overkill.

The song has become a modern classic and been covered by artists as diverse as John Cale, Rufus Wainwright, K.D. Lang, Jeff Buckley and X Factor winner Alexandra Burke. But it was a version of Cohen's opus used in Watchmen last year which appears to have ticked the legendary Canadian singer off.

The 74-year-old told The Guardian: "I was reading a review of a movie called Watchmen that uses it, and the reviewer said, ‘Can we please have a moratorium on Hallelujah in movies and television shows?’ and I kind of feel the same way. I think it’s a good song, but too many people sing it."

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