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Neil Diamond donating some proceeds from "Sweet Caroline" sales

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It's usually a good thing when an artist sees sales of one of his songs spike upward.

But when the artist is Neil Diamond, the song is "Sweet Caroline" and the reason is the Boston Marathon bombings, it's something making the singer a little uncomfortable. So, his publicist says Diamond is donating the recent sales windfall for the song to marathon bombing victims.

The song saw sales go up 597 percent since the blasts a week ago Monday. The song has been a favorite in Boston because it was associated with the team's World Series win nearly a decade ago.

Since the blasts, the New York Yankees, New York Rangers, the Toronto Raptors and other pro sports teams have played the song recently as a tribute to the Boston victims.

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