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John Lennon, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Josh Groban hits together on 'Songs for Japan' benefit album

Songs for Japan - COVER

Contemporary and classic hits from John Lennon, Justin Bieber, Bob Dylan, U2, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Josh Groban and nearly three dozen other acts have been gathered on “Songs for Japan,” a new compilation that will generate funds for the Japanese Red Cross Society’s disaster relief efforts.

The album’s 38 tracks include Lennon’s “Imagine,”  Bieber’s “Pray,” Dylan’s “Shelter From the Storm,” U2’s “Walk On,” Gaga’s “Born This Way,” Springsteen’s “Human Touch,” Perry’s “Firework,” Groban’s “Awake,” Pink’s “Sober” and Nicki Minaj’s “Save Me.”

Other artists represented include Black Eyed Peas, Madonna, Keith Urban, Rihanna, Lady Antebellum, Eminem, Elton John and Shakira.

All artists, publishers and record companies have waived their royalties and other proceeds so that 100% of money generated from sales of “Songs for Japan” will go to the Japanese Red Cross Society. The collection is available for digital download now on iTunes and will surface as a double CD set in early April.

Meanwhile, Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, is playing two benefit shows in New York in the days ahead from which proceeds will go to relief efforts. She’ll be joined by Sonic Youth; her son, Sean Ono Lennon; Cibo Matto; and others on Sunday at the Miller Theatre in a performance that has already sold out. Then on Tuesday, she’ll have Patti Smith, Tony Shanahan, Matto and others with her at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are $100.

-- Randy Lewis

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Why can't Yoko just write a check? My understanding is that she is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. She makes more money a day than most of us earn in a lifetime.

By the way, I have already contributed to Samaritan's Purse and that group's efforts to help. They were on the ground assisting victims immediately after the disaster.

As Japan recovers from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 11, the world's top recording artists respond to the tragedy with this benefit album. The 38 tracks include some of their biggest hits, featuring an exclusive remix of Lady GaGa's "Born This Way," along with original versions of Katy Perry's "Firework," Bruno Mars' "Talking to the Moon," Adele's "Make You Feel My Love," and more. All proceeds go to the Japanese Red Cross.

Download 38 songs for $9.99 at:

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Yoko has already written a check, to the Red Cross. And none of the artists are getting a penny for this download at iTunes - no royalties nada.

Great news on the Japan relief concert. When will we do a concert to help support the US tradgedies, as an example the BP oil spill? I notice support for Haiti and Japan; are there donation efforts for Americans as well?

Hi Mr.Barker,

Is it true that Yoko donated money? I haven't heard about that news yet. Where did you hear? and how much?

I heard it from her own mouth . How much, well that's none of mine or anyone else's business really, although I am sure it was substantial. And she isn't getting a penny from any royalties- nor are any other artists- even none of the record companies (4 of them) are making anything on this either.

Music to benefit Red Cross relief to earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.

Get 38 songs on a 2 CD set at:



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