By Shirley Halperin
March 05, 2008 at 12:00 PM EST

On last night’s American Idol, dreadlocked-contestant Jason Castro nearly brought Paula Abdul to tears with his rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Of course, it seemed to us that he was really imitating Jeff Buckley’s version, whose popularity has consistently outpaced the late singer’s other songs, chief among them, his mid-90s hit, “The Last Goodbye.” And sure enough, sales of Buckley’s “Hallelujah” went through the roof in the overnight hours, shooting up to No. 5 on the iTunes sales chart. Despite being a popular download for use in weddings and religious functions, the song was nowhere near the top 100 iTunes chart before last night’s Idol, according to an Apple spokesperson, who adds that it’s one of the biggest overnight pops in the history of iTunes, unlike anything they’ve seen since The Sopranos resurrected Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

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