Music Stars on Album To Help Japan Earthquake Victims

Songs by Lady Gaga, R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen and Rihanna are being used to help those affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

A new 38-song CD, “Songs for Japan,”—a joint project between major labels Sony Entertainment, Warner Music Group, EMI Music and Universal Music Group—debuted on iTunes on Friday, The Associated Press reported. It features 38 songs from those aforementioned artists along with music by Adele, Queen, Katy Perry, John Lennon and Cee Lo Green. A physical 2-CD set will arrive in early April.

Proceeds from the sales of “Songs of Japan” will go to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

In related news, Yoko Ono is spearheading a benefit concert for Japan on Tuesday at New York's Le Poisson Rouge. Guests for that performance will include Patti Smith, Cibo Matto and Ono’s Plastic Ono Band.

Selected Readings: The Associated Press, Pollstar

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