In addition to Cohen's original, "Hallelujah" covers by Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, Pentatonix & more grace multiple charts.
A host of songs and albums by Leonard Cohen soar on Billboard charts (dated Dec. 3) after the Nov. 7 death of the acclaimed singer-songwriter. Perhaps most notably, his signature song "Hallelujah" enters the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, starting at No. 59. Meanwhile, cover versions of the classic dot the Hot 100, Hot Rock Songs and other charts.
Cohen's "Hallelujah," originally released on his 1984 album Various Positions, surges to 33,000 downloads sold (up 1,177 percent) and 3.8 million U.S. streams (up 279 percent) in the tracking week ending Nov. 17, according to Nielsen Music. Those numbers also spark the song's 20-5 vault on Hot Rock Songs, marking Cohen's best rank on the chart (which began in 2009). The track roars to No. 2 on Rock Digital Song Sales and debuts on Rock Streaming Songs at No. 6.