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Universal acquires Neil Diamond catalogue

By | Published on Tuesday 1 March 2022

Neil Diamond

Universal Music has acquired the full recordings and publishing catalogue of Neil Diamond, expanding on their existing relationship with the musician.

“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 the global team at UMG will continue to represent my catalogue, and future releases, with the same passion and integrity that have always fuelled my career”, he says.

Universal CEO Lucian Grainge adds: “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 honoured to have earned his trust to become the permanent custodians of his monumental musical legacy”.

Meanwhile, Universal Music Publishing CEO Jody Gerson chips in: “A legendary artist and songwriter, Neil’s music exemplifies how truly great songs have lasting power and stand the test of time. With this acquisition, which UMPG COO Marc Cimino played an invaluable part in, our global teams across all of Universal Music will work together to ensure that all of his timeless hits like ‘Sweet Caroline’, ‘Red Red Wine’ and ‘Cracklin Rosie’ will continue to impact generations of fans, both existing and those to come”.

As well as all of the Neil Diamond records you’ve already heard, the deal also includes 110 unreleased songs, a complete unreleased album and unreleased concert films.