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Diamond donating 'Caroline' sales after bombings

Thursday - 4/25/2013, 10:58am  ET

FILE - This April 20, 2013 file photo shows Neil Diamond singing "Sweet Caroline" in the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals in Boston. Sales for Neil Diamond's “Sweet Caroline” are up by 597 percent a week after the tune has become a source of comfort following bombings in Boston last week. The song is a staple of Boston Red Sox games. Nielsen SoundScan said Wednesday that it sold 19,000 tracks this week. It only sold 2,800 the week before. It has sold 1.75 million tracks to date. Diamond released the song in 1969. It is addressed to Caroline Kennedy. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, file)

AP Music Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Neil Diamond is donating this week's sales from "Sweet Caroline" after the tune became a source of comfort following the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

Sales from Diamond's song are up by 597 percent, Nielsen SoundScan said Wednesday. Diamond's representative said the singer will donate the recent sales to marathon bombing victims.

"Sweet Caroline" sold 19,000 tracks this week. It sold 2,800 tracks the previous week and 1.75 million tracks 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 have played the song at games in the days after the deadly blasts April 15.

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




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