All-star Japan Relief album on iTunes now: Madonna, Gaga, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Eminem, U2, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, and more contribute 38 hits to $9.99 comp


Image Credit: Lennon: Susan Wood/Getty Images; Timberlake: Bob Charlotte/PR Photos; Beyonce: Janet Mayer/PR Photos

Dozens of the world’s best-known recording artists have come together for a digital-only album—downloadable today on iTunes for $9.99—with 100% of profits dedicated to relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Japan. (To preview or purchase, click here.)

Songs for Japan features 38 tracks, the majority of them well-known hits, from a remastered version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Bob Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm” to Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” and Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable.”

Find a full tracklisting after the jump:

1.    John Lennon “Imagine” (Remastered)
2.    U2 “Walk On” (Radio Edit)
3.    Bob Dylan “Shelter From The Storm”
4.    Red Hot Chili Peppers “Around The World” (Live)
5.    Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (Starsmith Remix)
6.    Beyonce “Irreplaceable”
7.    Bruno Mars “Talking To The Moon” (Acoustic piano version)
8.    Katy Perry “Firework” (Remix)
9.    Rihanna “Only Girl (In The World)”
10.  Justin Timberlake “Like I Love You”
11.  Madonna “Miles Away” (Live)
12.  David Guetta “When Love Takes Over”
13.  Eminem “Love The Way You Lie”
14.  Bruce Springsteen “Human Touch”
15.  Josh Groban “Awake” (Live)
16.  Keith Urban “Better Life”
17.  Black Eyed Peas “One Tribe”
18.  Pink “Sober”
19.  Cee Lo Green “It’s Ok”
20.  Lady Antebellum “I Run To You”
21.  Bon Jovi “What Do You Got”
22.  Foo Fighters “My Hero”
23.  REM “Man On The Moon” (Live)
24.  Nicki Minaj “Save Me” (Clean version)
25.  Sade “By Your Side”
26.  Michael Buble “Hold On”
27.  Justin Bieber “Pray” (Acoustic)
28.  Adele “Make You Feel My Love”
29.  Enya “If I Could Be Where You Are”
30.  Elton John “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”
31.  John Mayer “Waiting On The World To Change”
32.  Queen “Teo Torriate (Let Us Cling Together)” (Remastered)
33.  Kings Of Leon “Use Somebody”
34.  Sting “Fragile” (Live in Berlin)
35.  Leona Lewis “Better In Time”
36.  Ne-Yo “One In A Million”
37.  Shakira “Whenever Wherever”
38.  Norah Jones “Sunrise”

(Follow the Music Mix on Twitter: @EWMusicMix.)

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  • dctoronto

    Nice effort but the Japanese Government are saying they don’t need the money and that people should donate to other more needy countries.

    • na

      Really? Where did you read that.

      • Leslie

        I love them all and FindARichHusband was amazing

    • Bluto

      Would it have killed the artists to donate a new song (and not something live), a la Madonna and “Supernatural” on Red, Hot & Blue?

  • Kate

    I’ve donated money to Japan, but will never support phony Laddy Gaga and her ripp-off songs in any form or package.

    • Well…

      REALLY? This is what you decide to take a stand against? Really?

      That seems a touch foolish no?

    • david desmond

      I agree this gaga stuff is an example of the end of the line for American pop. gugu. what a flake. and the art from Japan is amazing.

  • festool

    Why is it that every time there is some terrorist event or global disaster we have to hear Sting sing “Fragile”?

    • Liam

      What’s the matter, baby? Did the labels reject your navel-gazing demo? Autotune couldn’t fix your voice? When you write and record a song half as decent as Fragile, maybe your opinion will have some weight.

      • Eric

        Yeah, totally. Because he voiced an opinion about a song, he is clearly a struggling singer/songwriter. In all seriousness… shut up.

  • Meg

    What? A bunch of old hits and previously released songs that everyone already own? That’s lazy. Why not get unreleased songs or *gasp* how about writing NEW songs to help. I’m sure that would sell much, much better than a hit-parade of songs anyone withh a computer can get for free…

    • PN

      I would have wanted them to all record new songs, but maybe they didn’t have time or didn’t get a band and record it in a studio. It’s more like somebody’s mix CD of 38 old songs than a fresh set of new songs. It’s like some pop singers are getting lazy.

    • ballroomdancer

      Guys…the amount of time that goes into producing just one song is quite significant. It really is not feasible at all to have all of the artists produce new material in a week. This is an effort to help some people who really need support right now and I’d rather have them turn out a mix of old hits that stand back and do nothing at all.

    • Ethan

      The purpose of the cd is to help raise funds by selling immediate copies of songs that will sell, not to have to pay people for going into the studio and marketing the songs – releasing a song is both time consuming and expensive, better to capitalize on recordings where the work’s already been done because you can raise more money and do it faster. Plus all those remixes and live recordings will convince people who already have copies of a lot of the songs to pay extra for the cd. Sounds like a really smart way to raise a lot of money for an important cause quickly, maybe you shouldn’t be so quick to reject every idea you see.

  • PN

    I hope there’s a physical CD of those 38 songs soon, so we can plunk a hefty $19.99 or something and all the percentage of the proceeds can go to the Japan relief.

  • Barry

    Where is George Clooney to organize a telethon to raise funds for relief aid?

    • Ktct

      Some of the songs seem rather inappropriate (I’m looking at you, Rihanna) given the magnitude of the disaster.

      • ashlee

        I’m fine with the Rihanna song. LOL The disappointing aspect about this album is, that they are all old hits/songs. I’d much rather them take a few more weeks, and come out with new songs.

      • D2

        Haha agreed with you Ktct but its not like rihanna made the song with the intent of it being on this album, thats completely on the organizers of this disk.

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  • MT

    Are they serious? Those songs are old and some of them have been overplayed on radio.
    I’d rather give the money to Red Cross.

    • LOL

      Either way it’s $10 to a good cause, so why complain?

    • ptahcha

      The $10 is going to the Red Cross – the Japan branch.

  • CM

    If you don’t want to buy the album, then DON’T buy the album .. but to criticize an effort to help? This isn’t about YOU and what YOU’D like music-wise .. it’s about HELPING OTHERS.

  • Ed

    I’m sorry, but unless that Rebecca Black girl is on this list, then it’s not all-star.

    • LOL

      Ed FTW!

  • JOJO

    It’s Friday, Friday – gotta get my song on this CD – its friday!

  • traci

    ugh sooo many talentless people

    • Jean Genie

      Yeah, this collection is a snorefest. But that’s just my opinion … I used to like Imagine until Madonna practically hijacked it for Live Earth. Also: what do songs about dysfunctional relationships have to do with an earthquake?

  • Sammy

    Kings of Leon… win!

    • Emilie

      Kings of Leon, Adele and John Mayer are the only good ones. Bummer.

  • Michael

    I will definitely pass this album up. There really isn’t anything original showcased on the album, made for the album. It is easier to give to those Japanese from other outlets.

  • Papa Melon

    I have never seen such a bunch of idiots as the fools posting on this thread. Please kill yourselves.

    • Jan

      Now, now Papa. They just need to smack themselves in the head. Don’t over-react.

  • Allison

    It’s kind of an odd collection. I appreciate the effort of all the artists, and I hope to God they don’t try to redo “We Are the World” again, but I feel like a lot of these artists probably have songs that would fit the situation better and aren’t as overplayed. I mean, “Irreplaceable?” “Firework?” Really?

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