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Neil Diamond Donating Royalties from Blockbuster "Sweet Caroline" Sales to Help Boston Victims

Image courtesy of Jim Rogash/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Jim Rogash/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, baseball stadiums around the country played Neil Diamond 's "Sweet Caroline" to show their solidarity with the Boston Red Sox, who always play it as a sing-along during the eighth inning of their home games.  Diamond himself subsequently popped up in Boston's Fenway Park this past Saturday to lead the crowd in the song.  All this increased visibility for "Sweet Caroline" has led to increased sales, and Diamond says he'll put the royalties to good use.

After Nielsen, which monitors music sales, tweeted that sales of "Sweet Caroline" had increased a whopping 597 percent in the past week, Diamond re-tweeted the news and added , "Donating these royalties to #OneFund !"

The One Fund was established to help those affected by the Boston bombing, as well as their families.  So far, between private and corporate donations, more than 21 million dollars has been raised.

As previously reported, Diamond also is at work on a new song in response to the bombings. 

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