Neil Diamond Debuts in the Top 10
for the First Time

Neil Diamond Debuts in the Top 10 for the First Time

by Eve Jenkin

November 17 2005

Music legend Neil Diamond has had a long and prosperous career, but not once has he witnessed one of his albums debut in the US top 10. Things all changed this week however when Diamond’s latest album “12 Songs” entered the charts at #4.

Prior to its release, a number 15 position was all he had been able to capture with “Three Chord Opera” in 2001. But it would seem time isn’t taking too much-of- a toll on Diamond’s popularity, with “12 Songs” his first top 10 album since “The Christmas Album” in 1992 and first top 5 album since “The Jazz Singer” in 1981.

“12 Songs” was produced by Rick Rubin and sees Diamond’s smooth transition into the digital age ? in its first week of release the album sold 4,057 download copies elevating it to the number 2 spot on the download charts.

Diamond has sold approximately 120 million albums worldwide since emerging on the musical front in the 1960s and is amongst the highest selling male artists in history. He was recognized for his contributions in 2000 when he was awarded the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame

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