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Universal Picks Up Another Huge Music Catalog

Music group just bought the rights to Neil Diamond's song collection, including 'Sweet Caroline'

(Newser) - Universal Music Group has been on a shopping spree. First it scooped up the rights to Bob Dylan's lyrics and compositions , then Sting's song catalog , and now it's got a new acquisition to brag about. The music corporation has purchased the rights to Neil Diamond's entire...

'Sweet Caroline' Has Appropriate New Lyrics

Neil Diamond sings about 'washing hands'

(Newser) - Neil Diamond wants everyone to sing along with him to "Sweet Caroline," but he's got some altered lyrics given the times. "Hands, washing hands," he sings in a newly posted video , per CNN . "Reaching out, don't touch me, I won't touch you....

With 'Great Reluctance,' Neil Diamond Retires

Singer has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease

(Newser) - Sad news for Neil Diamond fans: The beloved singer has announced his retirement from touring effective immediately because of a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. Diamond, who turns 77 on Wednesday, says he has had to call off the Australia and New Zealand legs of his 50th Anniversary tour, which...

How a Song Will Help Boston
 How a Song Will Help Boston 

How a Song Will Help Boston

Neil Diamond donating this week's 'Sweet Caroline' sales

(Newser) - "Sweet Caroline," an unofficial anthem at Fenway Park for more than 10 years now, is way up in popularity in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. Sales of the song— sung by Diamond himself at the first Red Sox game after the attacks, and even played at...

Neil Diamond Gives Boston, Red Sox Fans a 'Sweet' Surprise

Leads crowd in 'Sweet Caroline'

(Newser) - Fenway Park offered up a number of tributes to the Boston Marathon victims at yesterday's Red Sox game, a matchup with the Kansas City Royals that had been delayed due to Friday's manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. But the biggest surprise may have been Neil Diamond's appearance. He...

Yankees Honor Boston With Fenway Anthem

MLB teams pay tribute with 'Sweet Caroline'

(Newser) - The New York Yankees paid a touching tribute to the home of their arch-rivals last night by playing unofficial Red Sox anthem "Sweet Caroline" at Yankee Stadium at the end of the third inning against Arizona. There was also a pregame moment of silence for Boston bombing victims and...

Penn State: No More 'Sweet Caroline' at Games

But not because of 'touching me, touching you' lyrics, school says

(Newser) - When Penn State announced yesterday that Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" would no longer be played at its football games, speculation immediately centered around the song's lyrics, specifically the "touching me, touching you" bit. In light of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, that must be why...

Meet the 5 New Kennedy Center Honorees

Meryl Streep, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma among this year's recipients

(Newser) - It was glitz DC-style at the Kennedy Center last night, which saw five artists honored during this year's gala: Meryl Streep, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma, Sonny Rollins, and Barbara Cook. The Washington Post reports that the red carpet was a jumble of politicians (Newt Gingrich and wife Callista) and...

Alice Cooper Rocks Into Hall of Fame

Neil Diamond, Tom Waits among others who join him

(Newser) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is about to get decidedly more rocking: Alice Cooper is among the latest to join its ranks. Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Dr. John, and Darlene Love will also be inducted, reports the New York Times , citing an announcement expected today. Other than Love,...

The Best and Worst Karaoke Songs

(Newser) - For the incoherent drunkards, the friends who get yanked onstage, and all other would-be singers, Entertainment Weekly offers the best and worst karaoke songs: The Best:
  • "I Want It That Way," Backstreet Boys: The entire room will be singing with you; getting audience members to admit they like

At $242M, Madonna Tops Music Moneymaker List

(Newser) - When it comes to overall revenues in 2008, all other musicians took a back seat to Madonna. Billboard notes that the top 20 earners all toured, a move that is bringing in more and more money as record sales tank. The top moneymakers:
  1. Madonna: With more than $242 million, the

Diamond Dilemma: Fenway's Sweet Caroline Fixation

Tradition just kinda started at Boston ballpark, DJ says

(Newser) - Where it began, he couldn’t begin to know, so Jonathan Elias of Boston’s WBZ-TV reached out to learn how Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline became an 8th-inning singalong tradition at the Red Sox’ Fenway Park. The not-as-cool-as-you-thought answer, per the ballpark’s DJ: “They started playing it...

Rough Diamond Offers Refunds for Concert

Singer apologizes when raspy voice ruins Ohio performance

(Newser) - Singer Neil Diamond is offering fans a full refund for a raspy-voiced Ohio concert, reports the Columbus Dispatchs. Several fans were angry when the crooner croaked his way through the Ohio State University gig Monday night. Diamond, 67, posted a message on his website asking for fans’ forgiveness. He has...

Mills' Haul Only No. 7 of Top Celeb Splits

Mills-McCartney low on list

(Newser) - The $46.8 million settlement Paul McCartney has to shell out to divorce Heather Mills only ranks seventh on the Mirror's list of celebrity divorces:
  1. Michael and Juanita Jordan, 2007, $168 million: She filed for divorce once before, in 2002.
  2. Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey, 1994, $150 million: He amicably

She's the Real 'Sweet Caroline'
She's the Real 'Sweet Caroline'

She's the Real 'Sweet Caroline'

Neil Diamond says JFK's daughter inspired his famous song

(Newser) - Neil Diamond ended decades of mystery about his most famous song by confessing to JFK’s daughter that she’s the “Sweet Caroline” in question—and then serenading her via satellite at her 50th birthday bash. “I’ve never discussed it with anybody before,” says Diamond, who...

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