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'Sweet Caroline' Sales Surge After Boston Bombings

Neil Diamond's unofficial Red Sox anthem sees nearly 600 percent boost

Neil Diamond sings "Sweet Caroline" at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
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April 24, 2013 4:35 PM ET

Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" saw a surge in sales over the past week following the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15th. The track got a 597 percent boost, selling 19,000 copies last week, according to the Nielsen SoundScan as reported by the Associated Press. It sold 2,800 copies the week prior and totals 1.75 million in tracks sold.

Neil Diamond Writing Song Inspired by Boston Marathon Bombing

Diamond's 1969 track, addressed to Caroline Kennedy, contains no mention of the Massachusetts city but is a favorite for the Boston Red Sox, who adopted the song as a Fenway Park regular over a decade ago. The New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Raptors and other sports teams played "Sweet Caroline" at games following the bombings.

Diamond himself visited Fenway last Saturday and led the Red Sox crowd in singing "Sweet Caroline" in the team's first home game since the attacks. He's also working on new material partially inspired by the bombings. "I'm writing now and obviously affected by this situation in Boston, so I'm writing about it just to express myself," he told Rolling Stone. "It's like an infestation, and I'm writing about the general situation, not just about this bombing in Boston, but what we're going through with all of these tragedies – shootings and so on and so forth."

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