Music News: Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' hits Hot 100 for first time


Leonard Cohen's album 'Various Positions'
'Various Positions,' the 1984 Leonard Cohen album that includes the original recording of 'Hallelujah' (Columbia Records)

What do Justin Timberlake, Pentatonix, Lee DeWyze, Matthew Schuler, Jordan Smith, and violinist Lindsey Stirling have in common? They've all had Billboard Hot 100 hits with covers of Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah" — but Cohen himself didn't have a hit with the song until this week, when his 1984 original climbs to number 59 in the wake of his death. (Billboard)

Kanye cancels tour, is hospitalized

Kanye West was hospitalized Monday night in Los Angeles after canceling the remainder of his Saint Pablo tour. "Police responded to a 'medical welfare' call involving the rapper at 1:20 p.m. local time," reports Rolling Stone. "Although no criminal activity had been committed, paramedics at the scene made the decision to hospitalize West was made for 'his own health and safety.'"

The hospitalization came amid increasingly erratic onstage behavior, which had led to the tour's cancellation. On Saturday night in Sacramento, West ended his show after only three songs and a rant about Jay Z, Beyoncé, Drake, and the U.S. election. Earlier last week, West heard boos from his fans after saying that if he'd voted, his vote would have gone to Donald Trump. (BuzzFeed)

Kate Bush remembers Prince

As she prepares to release a live album on Friday, Kate Bush has shared a new music video that incorporates footage shot for use in the 2014 shows that provide the album's basis. In an interview with BBC Radio 6, Bush warmly remembered Prince, with whom she worked on multiple occasions in the 1990s. She says, however, that Prince's vault doesn't contain any unreleased collaborations between the two. (Billboard)

"We Shall Overcome" case heads toward trial

Is the Civil Rights anthem "We Shall Overcome" in the public domain? A group of plaintiffs say that it is, since it was adapted from a 19th century spiritual and may be even older. They're suing music publisher the Richmond Organization, which claims copyright over the song based on 1960 and 1963 registrations by Pete Seeger and others. On Monday, a district court judge declined to dismiss the suit, meaning it's likely heading to trial. (New York Times)

Car Seat Headrest sings in Simlish

The latest artist to record a song in Simlish is Car Seat Headrest, who adapted "Not What I Needed" for the new game Sims 4: City Living. (Pitchfork)

Martha and Snoop have a hit on their hands

Three weeks into the show's inaugural season, VH1 has decided to renew Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party — a cooking series that pairs Martha Stewart with Snoop Dogg — for a second season. "Martha and Snoop are the modern day 'Odd Couple' and the reigning King and Queen of pop culture," said the network's president in a statement. (Billboard)

Record Store Day Black Friday exclusive: My Little Pony

In addition to exclusives from Prince, Jimi Hendrix, and more, this year's Record Store Day Black Friday will include a vinyl offering from the show My Little Pony. An picture-disc LP with 16 original songs from the show's first five seasons will be among the finds that record-buyers can scoop on the day after Thanksgiving. (Billboard)

2 Chainz sells Christmas sweaters

The "Dabbin' Santa" sweater line launched last year by 2 Chainz will be back this year, the rapper has announced. A portion of proceeds from the sweaters goes to charity. (Billboard)

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