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Leonard Cohen to release "Old Ideas" in 2012

Canadian singer Leonard Cohen acknowledges applauses before the concert "A Tribute to Leonard Cohen" at the Jovellanos Theatre in Gijon, on October 19, 2011. Cohen will receive the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters from Spain's Crown Prince Felipe during a ceremony on October 21, 2011 in Oviedo. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Leonard Cohen acknowledges applauses before the concert "A Tribute to Leonard Cohen" on Oct. 19, 2011, in Oviedo, Spain.
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(CBS) It's around this time of year when you start hearing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" a little more often. A sort of holiday staple in recent years, the song, first recorded by Cohen in 1984, has been covered by Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Buckley, Willie Nelson, and even Justin Timberlake.

Cohen, 77, will soon add a new collection of songs to his six-decades-old career. Due out Jan. 31 is "Old Ideas," Cohen's first new studio album in eight years.

The Canadian singer-songwriter has been at work on "Old Ideas" over the last few years. Although he only started recording the new material in January 2011, Cohen performed a few of the new tracks, including "Amen" and "Lullaby," live in concert back in 2007.

The 10-track set will tackle issues of love, relationships, loss and death. "As I grew older, I understood that instructions came with this voice," Cohen said in October, hinting at what kinds of topics he wrote about for the new album. "And the instructions were these ... Never to lament casually. And if one is to express the great inevitable defeat that awaits us all, it must be done within the strict confines of dignity & beauty."

The album's cover artwork will feature Cohen's own drawings.

Cohen's website is currently streaming "Show Me the Place," one of songs that will appear on "Old Ideas."