Quick Takes On Neil Diamond, O'Jays, And Bee Gees' Barry Gibb
Neil Diamond has pledged all the proceeds from the recent sales spike of his 1969 hit "Sweet Caroline" to Boston's One Fund. Online sales of the track are up an astounding 597 percent this week in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. The song currently sits at Number 33 on this week on Billboard's Pop Digital Songs chart, with Billboard claiming that nearly 10 percent of the sales of the song are from the Boston area. (ABC News)
O'Jays co-founders Eddie Levert and Walter Williams are suing Crown Royal Whiskey over use of their 1974 Top 10 hit, "For The Love Of Money." TMZ reported that the pair is seeking $1 million dollars in damages and claim that the use of a session singer rapping over their recording, was, quote, "humiliating and demeaning and reduced them to background singers." Levert and Williams slammed the singer calling him a "poseur with limited ability to carry a tune."
Having recently wrapped up his Australian dates, the Bee Gees' Barry Gibb has announced a string of British and Irish shows. The Mythology tour chronicles the Bee Gees' career and features his son, guitarist Stephen Gibb and late brother Maurice's daughter, Samantha Gibb on vocals. So far, no North American dates have been announced.
Barry Gibb tour dates (subject to change):
September 21 - Birmingham, England - LG Arena
September 25 - Dublin, Ireland - The O2 Dublin
September 29 - Manchester, England - Manchester Arena
October 3 - London, England - The O2 London
Photo Courtesy of Jesse Diamond