Crooner Neil Diamond is going back to basics on his new album - it will be called NEIL DIAMOND.

It marks the first time in his 40-year career that the LOVE ON THE ROCKS singer has chosen an eponymous album title.

The album, which has been produced by rap mogul Rick Rubin, has been pushed back to a November (05) release to give marketing bosses more time to sell it.

Meanwhile, 36 of the singer's 43 North American shows have sold out.