Feeds

Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah set for top two spots in Christmas Day charts

Buckley fans try to bump Burke

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications

A bunfight has kicked off on the interwebs between fans of the teary-eyed winner of X Factor and fey, navel-gazing muso types who want their Hallelujah back.

The result? Leonard Cohen’s oft-covered love song could occupy the number one and number two slots on Christmas Day.

Fans have been doing their best to counteract Alexandra Burke’s inevitable onslaught on the Xmas charts by downloading Jeff Buckley’s version of Hallelujah.

American singer-songwriter Buckley, who died in 1997, looks increasingly likely to posthumously take the runner-up prize in the charts behind Burke’s populist take on the much-loved song.

Burke won ITV’s X Factor last week, since when world+dog has downloaded her Hallelujah. But Buckley fans, who believe his superior interpretation should take the No 1 slot, have also been voting with their fingers.

They’ve been busily downloading the song, which was originally released on the singer’s Grace album way back in 1994 when the X Factor was merely a twinkle in Simon Cowell’s eye.

Unofficial-provisional-mid-week-anything-can-happen-and-probably-will charts reveal that Buckley’s version is currently at No 3, behind Leona Lewis’s cover of Run by indie bores Snow Patrol.

The official charts will be announced on Sunday when the nation will find out whose song will take the sweet No 1 honours on Christmas Day.

Cohen, who was forced to tour for the first time in 15 years after his former business manager allegedly misappropriated the millions he had put aside as his retirement fund, will doubtless benefit from the double bubble sales of his song.

But the real winner will of course be Sony BMG, seeing as it counts both Buckley and Burke, as well as Cohen, on its roster of artists. ®

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple ran off to IBM
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes
Phone egg, meet desktop chicken - your mother
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.