Universal Music Group has announced the acquisition of Neil Diamond‘s historic song catalog through Universal Music Publishing Group.
UMG’s global publishing division has also acquired the rights to all recordings from the legendary musician’s career, including 110 unreleased tracks, an unreleased album and archival long form videos.
UMPG has served as Diamond’s publishing administrator since 2014.
Under the new agreement, which includes previously unreleased tracks, UMG will also record and release Diamond’s future music if he decides to return to the studio.
“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 Lucian, Jody, Bruce, Michelle and the global team at UMG, will continue to represent my catalogue, and future releases with the same passion and integrity that have always fueled my career,” Diamond said.
Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, said 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 honored to have earned his trust to become the permanent custodians of his monumental musical legacy,” he added.
Diamond, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, has sold more than 130 million albums over the past half century.
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