Sunday, January 24, 2010

Justin Timberlake Haiti Cries Out for Hope for Haiti

Justin Timberlake's Haiti performance was just one of many at Hope for Haiti. But the Justin Timberlake Haiti song was among the most talked about in the show, for good and bad reasons. The pop star went more low key than usual, as befitting
Justin Timberlake Haiti Performance Cries Out 'Hallelujah' for Haiti
the somber, star-studded event. His colleagues chose to do covers of several inspirational songs, so he went with Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" for his routine. The Justin Timberlake Haiti song touched many, but also brought criticism from some.

'Hallelujah' is a very popular song to cover for an inspirational moment. Though Leonard Cohen's original version is more low key, others like Rufus Wainwright and Alexandra Burke have made it more soaring. Given the song's theme and title, it was a fitting choice for the Hope for Haiti soundtrack.

The Justin Timberlake Haiti version of 'Hallelujah' had Timberlake sing while on piano, while a previously unknown singer named Matt Morris accompanied him. Morris is one of the newest singers on Timberlake's label - and was also his co-star on The Mickey Mouse Club - so the performance also served as a bit of promotion.

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