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Neil Diamond Sells Music Catalogue to Universal

The latest in an ever-growing list of legendary musicians to sell their body of works to major labels – including Stevie NicksPaul SimonBob DylanBruce SpringsteenZZ TopStingDavid Bowie’s estate and John Legend – Neil Diamond has sold his publishing and master recordings to Universal Music Group.

Though no financial terms were disclosed, along with his publishing and masters, Neil’s deal includes 110 unreleased tracks, an unreleased album, archival video footage, and UMG will also handle any future Diamond music should the musician decide to record future material.

Throughout his six-decade long career, the super talented artist (born Neil Leslie Diamond) has built up one of the most impressive catalogs in pop music as both a performer and songwriter, including such standards as “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “I Am… I Said,” “Song Sung Blue,” “America,” and, of course, “Sweet Caroline.”

In addition to his master recording as a solo artist, Diamond’s publishing catalog has been covered and turned into pop hits by the likes UB40 with “Red Red Wine,” Johnny Cash with “Solitary Man,” “I’m a Believer” by the Monkees and decades later by Smash Mouth for the first Shrek movie).

In a statement about the recent deal, Neil said “After nearly a decade in business with UMG, I am thankful for the trust and respect that we have built together and I feel confident in the knowledge that Lucian, Jody, Bruce, Michelle, and the global team at UMG, will continue to represent my catalog and future releases with the same passion and integrity that have always fueled my career.”

Lucian Grainge, UMG’s Chairman and CEO, added, “Neil Diamond is by definition, a truly universal songwriter. His immense songbook and recordings encompass some of the most cherished and enduring songs in music history. Through our existing partnership, we are honored to have earned his trust to become the permanent custodians of his monumental musical legacy.”

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Author: Al Denté

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