Listen to this: Tributes to Leonard Cohen by Theory of a Deadman and Bobby Bazini

By Nicholas Jennings

The death of Leonard Cohen triggered an emotional outpouring of grief from fans around the world, even though the 82-year-old Canadian legend had hinted that the end was near on his recent album, You Want It Darker. Tributes quickly poured in on Twitter from rockers like Kiss’ Paul Stanley, Guns N’ Roses’ Slash and Bush’s Gavin Rossdale. Coincidentally, two new songs this week by Canadian artists serve as timely testaments to the world’s love for Leonard.

Theory of a Deadman: “Hallelujah”
Leonard’s most famous song of all is his hymn-like “Hallelujah,” most recently covered by Pentatonix. Now British Columbia rockers Theory of a Deadman deliver a touching rendition of the song that frontman Tyler Connolly says “has always been close to our hearts.” He added: “We’ll be thinking of him every time we play this song.”

Theory of a Deadman posted news of their new single on Instagram, where fans admitted such a cover was unexpected but welcomed nonetheless.

Tomorrow.

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Bobby Bazini: “Leonard Cohen”
Bobby shares his Montreal hometown with the composer of such classic songs as “Suzanne,” “So Long Marianne” and “Closing Time.” Now the 27-year-old singer pays Leonard the ultimate tribute with a song named after the iconic artist, the latest single from his album Summer is Gone.

Bobby took to Twitter to explain how his lyric “she loves me like a Leonard Cohen song” was inspired by the master’s poetry.

Hello! music columnist Nicholas Jennings surveys the pop landscape each week to find the most dynamic tracks to add to your playlist.

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