Alexandra Burke: Hallelujah indeed!
The X Factor
winner Alexandra Burke’s first single, a version of Leonard Cohen’s
Hallelujah, is the fastest-selling download ever across Europe despite
only being available since yesterday. The hefty download sale has already put Burke at the top of internet
sales charts, including iTunes and HMV.com, with the CD version of the
single not out until Wednesday.
Leonard Cohen will receive £1 million in royalties for the use of his song ‘Hallelujah’ as this year’s X Factor winner’s single. The
track was performed three times in Saturday’s live finale. The ITV1 show’s three finalists have each recorded their own version of the
song, which is expected to become the Christmas No 1, selling one million
CDs and downloads.
The biblical epic, composed in 1984, has survived more than a hundred
interpretations from artists including Bob Dylan, k. d. lang and Rufus
Sony/ATV chief executive Marty Bandier told The Times
that commercial use of the song usually comes with a large price tag.
"We get a host of requests from films and television to use it, but
‘Hallelujah’ is recognised as one of the greatest songs ever, so it
demands a high fee," he said.