Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Singer donates Sweet Caroline funds

Sales from Neil Diamond's song Sweet Caroline are up by 597 per cent, Nielsen SoundScan said

Neil Diamond is donating some of this week's sales from Sweet Caroline to Boston Marathon blast victims after the tune became a source of comfort following the bomb attack.

Sales from Diamond's song are up by 597%, Nielsen SoundScan said on Wednesday, and Diamond's representative said the singer will donate proceeds from recent sales to those caught in the terror attack.

Sweet Caroline sold 19,000 tracks this week, up from 2,800 the previous week. It has sold about 1.75 million to date.

The crowd-pleasing song is a staple of Boston Red Sox games. It makes no specific mention of Boston or the Red Sox, but the team started playing it regularly at Fenway Park more than a decade ago and fans took to it.

The New York Yankees, Toronto Raptors and other professional sports teams also played the song at games in the days after the deadly blasts on April 15.

Diamond released Sweet Caroline in 1969. The song was inspired by Caroline Kennedy's name.

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