Justin Bieber, U2 and Rihanna donate songs to Japanese relief effort: Gaga likely to join digital album as well


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Canadian teen-pop singer Justin Bieber, Irish rockers U2 and Barbadian R&B artist Rihanna have signed on to donate songs to a digital charity album to benefit the victims of Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Dance-pop diva Lady Gaga—who already designed a Japan Prayer Bracelet to aid relief efforts—is currently in talks to contribute to the album as well, along with rapper Nicki Minaj and Jersey rockers Bon Jovi.

Universal is hoping to have the album available by the end of the week, opting for an exclusively digital release to get it out as quickly as possible. Proceeds will go directly to the Japanese Red Cross to aid those affected by the staggering devastation. The official death toll from the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami is more than 9,000 but the Japanese media estimates the actual death toll has surpassed 20,000.

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  • Stefan

    I feel like this could raise A LOT of money if Lady GaGa puts one of her new songs from the album on this…

    • Shannon

      Possibly. I’m not a huge fan of charity covers.
      I’m a huge fan of awesome music that people would want to buy anyway raising money for charity.

      • Leslie

        I love him and MarryAMillionaire.org was amazing

    • Filsa

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  • AK

    So rather than donating any of their millions, they are just creating more opportunities for other people to give money to relief efforts?

    • Shannon

      Oh, I wouldn’t be so quick to jump to the conclusion that they haven’t already donated their own money. Sometimes, however, awareness has to be created in order to bring in more funds. That said, in order to raise A LOT of money, the music must be very good. Charity collaborations, such as the 80’s Band Aid project have generated large sums of money, but I don’t know how well recent efforts, such as the album for Darfur, did.
      The intentions are good, but the music may not be.
      Hopefully, though, it will be and will yield extensive results in the process.

  • Cris

    Justin Bieber is donating a song? Hasn’t Japan suffered enough?

    • 9iceonye

      and wot is dat supose 2 mean?y dont u do sumtin useful wit ur tyme

  • DRG

    Note that Lady Ca Ca isn’t on board, yet EW has to get her name in the headline. I’m sure others are “likely” to join this project too but they don’t get mentioned. EW continues to show that it is little more than Lady Ca Ca’s publicist.

  • Nicole

    At first I thought this was useless as there are so many freaking donation charities helping out the Japanese. But I can see how this can raise a lot more money. They are FAMOUS celebrities, JB, Rihanna, and Gaga have over 100,000,000 million youtube views each. People love them and will do anything to pay for their songs that’ll go to useful things like the Japanese relief. This is also another way how celebrities are donating to Japan themselves. Instead of getting the money the celebrities deserve from the songs that they are donating, they’re taking all the money that they get earn from it and sending it to the Japanese relief.

  • 9iceonye

    i think this is a gr8t idea cant wait

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    • Gun

      I am surprised by a lot of those names! Yeah, I agree Kim Kardashian you think would be shmrwoeee on there. Maybe not near the top but at least on the list.

  • shannon luvs jb

    i love justin bieber nd rihanna nd lady gaga .. bon jovi nd u2 … soo this album is goin 2 rais a LOT ov money .. :) :) people will pay to here dem on this album xx

    • Alice

      J. H / I had to think abt this one for a moment..i prfeer to watch ppl dance, but ur right Rhianna is more entertaining and if she would just dance more than shake, she would sell out almost as fast as Lady Gaga, jmo! Ciara can dance no doubt but again I agree she needs to step out her box and put on a show, that she has yet to prove she can do. I saw her in concert not impressed!

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