Leonard Cohen’s critically acclaimed newest studio album is now available everywhere!

Popular Problems is Cohen’s 13th studio album, and is available now on his artist store, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and your favourite streaming service.

Check out these stellar reviews by Andrew Warner of the CBC, Ann Powers from NPR and Neil McCormick of the Telegraph who called it a masterpiece.

Popular Problems Tracklisting:
1. Slow
2. Almost Like The Blues
3. Samson In New Orleans
4. A Street
5. Did I Ever Love You
6. My Oh My
7. Nevermind
8. Born In Chains
9. You Got Me Singing


(Toronto, ON – August 19, 2014) In Popular Problems, his thrilling new studio album, Leonard Cohen gets down into the avenues of our dreams and sets a new tone and speed of hope and despair, grief and joy. Cohen here is an astonished lover rocking to the human condition as “the soul unfolds in the chambers of its longing.” His legendary basso resonates as never before with a presence and urgency that arises from the very depths of the heart. The clarity and strength of these nine hypnotic songs will have us singing them over and over.

In collaboration with co-writer Patrick Leonard, Popular Problems is a masterpiece from the ever-fresh imagination of a musical legend whose songs continue to captivate new listeners and devoted fans.

“Yet again, Leonard Cohen has broken musical boundaries with new creative inspiration,” says Rob Stringer, Chairman/CEO of Columbia Records, “These nine new songs are simply sublime and innovative with a unique spirit. We’re absolutely thrilled and honored to celebrate this milestone with him.”

Popular Problems is Cohen’s 13th studio album, and will be released on September 23rd, two days after his 80th birthday. Popular Problems is available for pre-order everywhere today. Those who pre-order Popular Problems digitally will receive an instant download of his new song, “Almost Like The Blues.” Click here to listen.

To celebrate his milestone 80th birthday (September 21), Cohen’s endless poetic energy and legacy can be revisited with a new artist page on iTunes (www.itunes.com/leonardcohen), which features Popular Problems and includes all 12 prior studio albums Mastered For iTunes.

Popular Problems was produced by Patrick Leonard, mastered at Marcussen Mastering and was recorded and mixed by Jesse E. String with additional mixing by Bill Bottrell.

Revisit Leonard Cohen’s Incredible Legacy on www.LeonardCohen.com

Popular Problems Tracklisting:
1. Slow
2. Almost Like The Blues
3. Samson In New Orleans
4. A Street
5. Did I Ever Love You
6. My Oh My
7. Nevermind
8. Born In Chains
9. You Got Me Singing

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ABOUT LEONARD COHEN: Leonard Cohen is a master songwriter, musician, poet, novelist and visual artist whose stunning body of original work has touched the lives of millions with a career spanning six decades.

His explorations of spiritual, interpersonal, romantic and political themes have impacted countless contemporary recording artists and writers. He has sold over 23 million albums, worldwide and published 12 books, the most recent of which was 2006’s ‘Book of Longing’, a collection of poetry, prose and drawings, which reached #1 on the Top 10 Hardcover Fiction Books in Canada.

Cohen’s influence on musical and theatrical artists the world over is inestimable. In fact, when Cohen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in March 2008, the revered Lou Reed singled out Leonard as one of the “highest and most influential echelon of songwriters.” Cohen’s songbook has been covered by hundreds of recording artists including Jeff Buckley, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Johnny Cash, Lou Reed, Tori Amos, Nick Cave, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Rufus Wainwright and the Civil Wars, and tribute albums have been released around the world. In 2008 Cohen’s “Hallelujah” became the fastest-selling digital single in European history when three separate versions of the song appeared simultaneously on the UK singles chart – Cohen’s own original recording, a version from Jeff Buckley and another from X Factor winner Alexandra Burke. Additionally, Leonard’s songs have been frequently selected to illustrate the emotion of motion pictures and television programs and have been heard in Watchmen, The Passion of The Christ, Natural Born Killers, The Wonder Boys, Pump Up The Volume, Secretary, The West Wing, The O.C. and many others.

Tickets for Old Ideas World Tour 2012 at Wembley Arena

As announced in the press release yesterday, Leonard Cohen’s Kent shows in the UK on September 8th and 9th have been moved from Hop Farms to Wembley Arena in London. Ticketholders for the Hop Farm concerts should contact their original point of sale for refund/new ticket issue. Such ticketholders will also be invited to an exclusive pre-sale to purchase tickets for the new Wembley Arena dates and will have first access to the best seats in the house.

You can also purchase tickets to the Wembley Arena shows here

OLD IDEAS WITH NEW FRIENDS: The Mountain Goats cover “The Smokey Life”

As part of the ongoing celebration of Leonard Cohen’s legendary 40 years in music and newly released album “Old Ideas”, a handful of today’s artists such as Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox, Cults, Cold War Kids, and Greg Dulli.

We are proud to present the next entry in the series, a tender rendition of “The Smokey Life” performed by The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle, exclusively on ConsequenceOfSound.net.

Click here to watch.

‘Old Ideas’ is available from Leonard’s Official Music Store, Amazon.ca or iTunes.ca.

Fans Celebrate “Show Me The Place”

Fans worldwide have sent in their love for “Show Me The Place” and we wanted to share some of our favorites and hear what you think of the song.

“I love the pace of the song and how it breathes with you. You take it in, inhaling it as you go.”

“This is just lovely.”

“Quelle beauté! You’re my man!”

“They say what is old is new again and how true in this case.”

“I am so moved by this song. Such a tenderness and a vulnerability to the performance. What a beautiful prayer. It resonates deep to my soul.”

“Well worth the wait.”

“Valió la pena esperar 8 años. Tan sublime como siempre.”

“The words… the lyrics are always so beautiful.”

“The bar has been raised.”

Critics Rave About “Show Me The Place”

“Show Me The Place”…is absolutely gorgeous… It makes me want to hear Old Ideas very, very badly. — Stereogum

On the scale of thrills, this is off the charts. A new single by Leonard Cohen,… It’s just beautiful. Yes, a simple song and a sad song…but beautiful. Personally, it makes me really, really want to hear the rest of the album. — CBC Radio 2

A beautiful new track from Leonard Cohen’s forthcoming new album — Shambhala Sunspace

Gorgeous track — Spinner

“Show Me The Place”… is a nuanced, understated piece that bodes well for a contemplative new record. — GQ (UK)

“Show Me the Place” makes it apparent that the Canadian song-poet’s game is still as sharp as ever, as he rumbles out his reverie over simple piano and organ accompaniment. — MTV

All rise: The church of Leonard Cohen is back in session. The piano progression that introduces the Fedora Man’s new single feels holy… Show Me the Place is a restrained spiritual… It touches on themes of love, god and mortality – no doubt the type of tried-and true allusions to be found within Cohen’s forthcoming album… This is about devotion, in whatever form one needs to take it. On her own single, cool star singer Feist asks, “How come you never go there?” And Cohen? He so goes there, one more time. — Toronto Globe and Mail

Leonard Cohen records the kind of music that can stop you dead in your tracks. Case in point: his uber-tender, heartstrings-pulling new single, “Show Me the Place,”… And from the sound of “Show Me the Place,” Cohen’s kind of fooling himself with the title of Old Ideas because this song is just, well, great. — Prefix Magazine

The song, entitled Show Me The Place, is a mournful yarn few others could deliver the way Cohen does…listen to the shiver-inducing track — Vancouver Sun

Leonard Cohen is back with a song as haunting as “Hallelujah,” and it alone is enough to be thankful for this year. — Huffington Post

Those expecting music in the vein of the big band setup of his recent world-conquering tour might be surprised by this subtle track, led by piano and quiet strings, with the ever present backing singers adding texture to Cohen’s rich, fragile, magical voice. — The Quietus

Leonard Cohen previews new album with elegant song. — Hartford Courant

Here’s something to be thankful for: a new Leonard Cohen song! In advance of Old Ideas…comes the starkly lovely new single “Show Me the Place.” Over bittersweet violin, stately piano, and back-up-singer coos, Cohen…asks in a beautifully grave vocal performance, to be shown “the place where you want your slave to go.” A ghostly organ enters for a brief bridge, and the whole placid drama wraps up with the singer wanting to see “the place where the suffering began.” It’s not “Hallelujah,” but it’s not far off, and bodes well for the new disc. — Spin

If that voice doesn’t break your heart, you don’t have one. — Rabbit Hole Urban Music (Australia)

Our first taste of the LP has arrived with the very good “Show Me The Place”, a pensive four minute lullaby of longing. — Pretty Much Amazing

The song is fantastic—those somber piano chords, that understated string section? The bleak gospel-soaked electric organ? Sounds like classic Cohen to me. -– Ology

The organic sounds—to say nothing of the lyrics…hark back to the themes and the palette of his early work, with organic instruments (piano, strings, choir) replacing the synthesizers that have dominated his work since 1988’s I’m Your Man. No telling if the rest of the album will follow suit, but regardless, it’s an exciting development. –- MSN

Con una voz cada vez más grave, y con la capacidad de componer canciones tan bonitas como ‘Show Me The Place’…una delicia sonora dulce y sentida, rebosante de poética y emoción. Sin duda solo aviva las ganas que tenemos de escuchar un nuevo disco de Leonard Cohen. — Indiespot (Spain)

“Show Me The Place”…es una balada introspectiva (piano, violines, coro eclesiástico) definida principalmente por el impacto escalofriante de la narración signada por aquella gravedad vocal y la sensibilidad extrema de la retórica típica, esa que analiza la naturaleza de las aflicciones humanas, el amor y el odio, la necesidad de creer… No somos los mismos después de toparnos con cada muestra de la inconmensurable grandeza Leonard Cohen. Por eso acá no se dejará de hablar de él. Jamás. — Rolling Stone (Argentina)