Sunday, April 14, 2024

Neil Diamond Says “I’m a Believer” and Sells Song Rights to Universal Music for Undisclosed Amount


Now it’s Neil Diamond’s turn.

The famed Brill Building songwriter turned unlikely rock star in the 70s and 80s has sold his music publishing catalog and recordings to Universal Music Group for an undisclosed amount of money.

Diamond’s catalog would be a pretty sought after one considering all the hits he had and the ones he wrote for other people.

The former group includes “Song Sung Blue,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “I Am..I Said,” “Play Me.” “America,” “Hot August Night,” “Holly Holy,” and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.”

The latter group includes “I’m a Believer,” “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You,” “Solitary Man,” “Red Red Wine,” and more.

The deal builds on Universal Music’s existing relationship with Diamond, as the company has served as his publishing administrator since 2014.  But also, Diamond has been in that company’s family since the 1970s when his first hits were on Uni Records and then MCA Records. Diamond was already such a force in the 1960s that he was tapped to introduce Elton John a new Uni artist.  in 1970 at the Troubadour.

Universal can do a lot with Neil Diamond’s songs. There’s already a musical about his life opening in Boston in June. And a tribute album would make sense (they better include Micky Dolenz).


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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