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2014-01-21 12:29:07

Historic Contract Unites Diamond's Entire Columbia Records Catalogue With His Uni/MCA And Bang Masters From The 1960s And 1970s For First Time HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Neil Diamond, one of the world's premier recording artists, internationally renowned and record-breaking concert performer and revered songwriter - has signed a long-term recording agreement with Capitol Records, it was announced today by Capitol Music Group (CMG) Chairman & CEO Steve...

2011-02-23 09:30:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On the eve of the artist's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 14, Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings are proud to announce the release of Neil Diamond The Bang Years 1966 - 1968, 23 core cuts establishing the artist's electrifying transition from struggling Tin Pan Alley songwriter to full-on American rock star lovingly restored to full-impact original mono for this definitive edition. Neil Diamond The Bang Years 1966 -...

2008-08-03 03:00:17

By Malcolm X Abram, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Aug. 3--When pop music legend Neil Diamond takes the stage of Quicken Loans Arena tonight, he will bring with him 42 years of hits, songs that have been woven into the fabric of American pop culture. At this stage in his career, Diamond doesn't really need a reason to tour, but his latest trek comes behind the release of his latest CD, Home Before Dark. It's his second album with producer Rick Rubin, who revitalized Johnny Cash's career...

2008-07-18 12:00:51

Neil Diamond talks in a brooding Brooklyn baritone. It's hard to tell when he's done making his point, because his tone never wavers, his voice never drops at the end of a sentence, his pauses all sound pregnant. However, throw him a curveball _ or a straight line _ and suddenly he lights up like the man of a thousand stage gestures who thrills crowds of 15,000 night after night, decade after decade. Example: When he kicks off his 37-city North American tour Saturday in St. Paul, Minn.,...

2008-06-20 18:00:24

U.S. recording artist Neil Diamond reportedly made his Welsh debut this week before a crowd of 24,600 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Thank you Cardiff, the Western Mail quoted the 67-year-old crooner as telling the audience that greeted him with a standing ovation Thursday night. We are going to do as many favorites as we possibly can. And we will leave our hearts on the stage tonight, so enjoy. The newspaper said Diamond performed more than 20 songs, including classics such as...

2008-06-19 12:00:40

By Tony Sauro, The Record, Stockton, Calif. Jun. 19--What do Weezer, Jakob Dylan and Neil Diamond all have in common musically? Not much. Except for Rick Rubin. Rubin, the recording industry maverick who started Def Jam Records in his college dormitory room 24 years ago and now is the president of Columbia Records, has produced new albums by this unlikely threesome. Rubin is a restless creative spirit with a mystical personna who grew up loving the Beatles in Lido Beach on New...

2005-11-17 13:18:43

By Fred Bronson LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Neil Diamond's latest album "12 Songs," which entered the charts at No. 4, is the highest-debuting set of his career, and is instantly tied for fourth place among his top releases. The only Diamond albums to chart higher than "12 Songs" are "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" (No. 2 in 1973), "The Jazz Singer" (No. 3 in 1981) and "Serenade" (No. 3 in 1974). "12 Songs" is tied with "Beautiful Noise" (No. 4 in 1976) and "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"...

2005-10-29 18:45:02

By Jill Kipnis LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - It is among the least likely of musical marriages. Neil Diamond, pop-rock hitmaker of the '60s, '70s and '80s, has paired with producer Rick Rubin for his newest album, "12 Songs," due November 8 from Columbia Records. For Diamond, the album is a return to the early, stripped-down rock singer/songwriter sound of his pre-superstar years. For Rubin, it is another chance to help a musical giant reinvent himself, as Rubin did with the acclaimed...

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