Alexandra Burke, recent winner of Britain's X-Factor pop competition, has recorded a gospel version of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'. It has quickly become the fastest-selling digital single in European history. Culture Czar did a compare-contrast of previous attempts to rework Cohen's composition, and determined, naturally, that Jeff Buckley's goose-bumpy scale-soaring belt owns the "definite 'Hallelujah'."
We're certainly partial to Buckley's cover over the original -- it is about as perfect as you can get. But weird:
Buckley fans, alarmed at Burke's ascension, have amassed their own forces, propelling their hero's "Hallelujah" to No. 3, according to an "unofficial provisional âmid-week' chart." Should Buckley push his way past Leona Lewis and her cover of Snow Patrol's "Run" (doesn't anyone write their own songs anymore?), a single song would claim the top two chart positions for the first time in history.It seems strange that Buckley's fans would consider Burke's sudden popularity, via the song, as some kind of threat to the their idol's well-documented cred. Lucy Powell founded the Faceboook campaign to mobilize Buckley's cult followers, and she insists that it isn't an attack on Burke. "I just wanted to make it clear to people that there was already an amazing version of âHallelujah'. I didn't like the idea of a song whose lyrics and melody I have found incredibly moving being used to sell records by whichever competitor won a talent contest."