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[February 25, 2020] The title track from Leonard Cohen’s critically acclaimed posthumous release Thanks For The Dance, premiered on NOWNESS yesterday and VEVO today.

London-based photographer Harley Weir is the latest contemporary artist invited by NOWNESS to share her artistic interpretation of title track “Thanks For The Dance”. “I’m a huge fan of Leonard Cohen,” says Weir. “His lyrics are so raw and yet so warm. I am honoured to be a part of his legacy.” With her fresh and incomparable eye for the expressive and emotive, Weir’s images speak to the universal appeal and eternal quality of Leonard Cohen’s timelessly inspiring music.

Weir’s lyrical tapestry weaves together visual totems for birth, growth and death through which American actress Rowan Blanchard (Girl Meets World/The Goldbergs) plays a bride caught between the pain of transition and the promise of rebirth. Adding to the cast is British model, actor and entrepreneur Lily Cole, posed in the style of Botticelli’s Venus and surrounded by a trio of infants to conjure an image of love, fertility and new life.

Released last year, and nominated for a 2020 JUNO Award for ‘Adult Alternative Album of the Year’, Thanks For The Dance was an unexpected harvest of new songs from the master. Collaborating with producer Adam Cohen, friends and colleagues gathered to support and complete the work Leonard had begun, making an album that echoes the sounds of his catalogue, yet remains fresh, current and impactful.

“Thanks For The Dance” is the latest video in the series Thanks for the Dance: Artistic Responses to Leonard Cohen. Created by NOWNESS, the series offers a video representation of the album; an imagery interpretation of Cohen’s life and lyrics that is deeply personal to each filmmaker involved.

Paul Kalkbrenner Remix of Leonard Cohen’s “You Want It Darker” In Stores October 7th

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Berlin DJ Paul Kalkbrenner’s remix of Leonard Cohen’s new single “You Want It Darker” premieres today, Oct 7 2016. The electronic artist debuted his rendition of the Leonard Cohen track at Lollapalooza Berlin earlier this month. Kalkbrenner gives Cohen’s hypnotic song of religious exploration, a booming bass and an upbeat tempo. The remix is available globally on all digital providers today. Click here to listen.

Paul Kalkbrenner is one of techno’s most successful artists, and been active in the Berlin techno scene since the 90s. He has produced seven studio albums and his single “Sky and Sand” went Platinum with over 200,000 copies sold.  It charted on the German singles chart for 121 weeks, breaking the German singles record. In 2014 he was asked to perform in front of the Brandenburg Gate for 500,000 people to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and this year he was the first techno artist to ever play the main stage of the famed Tomorrowland Festival. After signing with Columbia in 2015, Kalkbrenner released his album “7” in August 2015.

Leonard Cohen’s 14th studio album, YOU WANT IT DARKER arrives in stores on October 21st, 2016, available for pre-order now.

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First Single “You Want It Darker” now available for download
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(September 21, 2016) Sony Music Entertainment Canada and Columbia Records celebrate Leonard Cohen’s 82nd birthday with the announcement that his 14th studio album, YOU WANT IT DARKER, arrives in stores on October 21st, 2016.  The new collection of startling songs was produced by his son Adam Cohen, and is available for pre-order now.

The first single and title track, which delves into an unflinching exploration of the religious mind, arrives at radio today. Cohen created this hypnotic groove with the addition of Montreal’s Cantor Gideon Zelermyer and the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir, whose voices invoke a sound from Cohen’s youth.



1. “You Want It Darker”
Hypnotic groove. The surprise of a great synagogue choir.  An unflinching exploration of the religious mind.
“Didn’t know I had permission to murder and to maim.”

2.  “Treaty”
One of Cohen’s signature melodies. A confession of the selfishness of love and the hope of a correction.
“Only one of us was real—and that was me.”

3.  “On the Level”
An old man’s take on desire.
“I was fighting with temptation, but I didn’t want to win”

4.   “Leaving the Table”
A slow, relentless, and somehow joyous ballad of letting it all go by. A guitar solo you will remember.
“I’m leaving the table, I’m out of the game.”

5.   “If I Didn’t Have Your Love”
A classic Cohen love song: the deep gratitude felt by one heart opening to another.

“That’s how broken it would be,
what the world would seem to me,
if I didn’t have your love to make it real.”

6.  “Traveling Light”
A seeker hits the road and finds the joys of solitude.

“I’m traveling light
It’s au revoir
My once so bright
My fallen star”

7.  “It Seemed the Better Way”
The feeling of a prayer that’s been there forever, but the spiritual comforts of the past no longer available.

“Lift this glass of blood, try to say the grace.”

8.  “Steer Your Way”
A song of courage as the heart moves into the darkness.

“Steer your heart past the pain that is far more real than you.”

9. String Reprise/ Treaty
A brilliant reimagining of “Treaty” as a string quartet; a truly glorious moment ending with a few words from Leonard himself.

“I wish there was a treaty we could sign.”

This great artist continues to astonish us. Uncompromising and urgent, YOU WANT IT DARKER is the latest chapter in Leonard’s significant contribution to contemporary music and thought.

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Coming This Fall

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(August 12, 2016) Leonard Cohen, acclaimed composer of “Hallelujah”, at the age of 82, is releasing an album of haunting new songs, which the lucky few who have heard it, deem “a masterpiece” and “classic Cohen”. The album is called YOU WANT IT DARKER and arrives in stores this Fall.  As Leonard’s record company for over five decades, Sony Music is proud to be associated with this remarkable achievement.

Produced by Adam Cohen

1. “You Want It Darker”
2. “Treaty”
3. “On the Level”
4. “Leaving the Table”
5. “If I Didn’t Have Your Love”
6. “Traveling Light”
7. “It Seemed the Better Way”
8. “Steer Your Way”
9.  String Reprise/ Treaty

This great artist continues to astonish us. Uncompromising and urgent, YOU WANT IT DARKER is the latest chapter in Leonard’s significant contribution to contemporary music and thought. These startling songs have been beautifully realized in this his 14th and most compelling studio album, produced by his son, Adam Cohen.