Jeff Buckley looks set to have a top three hit more than a decade after his death with his definitive recording of Hallelujah, sales figures showed today.
The star, who drowned in 1997 at the age of 30, has seen sales of the track – a cover of the Leonard Cohen song – rocket in response to the release of X Factor winner Alexandra Burke’s release of the song, thanks to an internet campaign. Burke’s version is on course to claim the number one on Sunday after shifting almost 150,000 copies of her single by Monday night.
The original version of the track by Cohen has also entered the top 40 at 34, according to latest midweek sales figures which are a guide to next week’s chart positions.
Buckley is on course to be number three, behind Leona Lewis’s version of Snow Patrol’s run, making a top three of covers. If Buckley’s version of Hallelujah climbs to number two, it is thought it would be the first time in the 50 years that different versions of the same song have held the top two positions.
3:03 PM | 16/12/2008
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