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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

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: READ FULL STORY

Rebecca Black Q&A: EW talks to the 'Friday' viral video star about getting compliments from Gaga, donating her song profits to Japan, and using her dad as a 'bodyguard'

In the two weeks since since it began its viral rise to Internet infamy, Rebecca Black’s “Friday” music video has amassed a staggering 42 million views on YouTube and shows no sign of slowing down.

That’s an absurdly high number of hits for any singer, but it’s jaw-dropping when you consider that Black is an unsigned 13-year-old from Orange County who only made the video for fun with her friends (and a little help from a vanity production company).

With her song in the iTunes Top 40 and a guest spot on The Tonight Show under her belt, we caught up with Rebecca (after she got finished school for the day, naturally) and talked to her about what she’s doing with all this money, how her dad scares off gawkers in public, and how she felt to hear Lady Gaga call her a “genius.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: On Leno you said that you are donating most of your YouTube and iTunes proceeds to earthquake and tsunami disasters in Japan. That’s really cool. What made you decide to do that? I don’t think anyone would hold it against a 13-year-old for keeping the money from her first hit record. READ FULL STORY

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

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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Adam Lambert's charity dance remix of 'Aftermath' available after he plays 'Idol' tonight: Listen to it here

Adam Lambert is stripping down on American Idol tonight—musically, that is. The glam-tacular rocker will sing an acoustic version of “Aftermath,” the inspirational power ballad from his debut album, on tonight’s results show at 8pm/7c. Hear it here:


50 Cent donates Gaddafi performance fee to Unicef

50 Cent, who performed a private concert for Mutassim Gaddafi — son of the Libyan dictator — in 2005, has announced that he will donate the fee he received for the gig to Unicef. “In light of the ongoing events in Libya,” a representative for the rapper said in a statement, “50 Cent will be making a donation to Unicef, which is providing vital relief supplies to meet the needs of women and children at risk during this crisis.” The performer joins a list of musicians including Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Usher, and Nelly Furtado, all of whom performed at private events linked to the Gaddafi family and, in the wake of the violence in Libya, have subsequently announced donations to charity.

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Jack Johnson, Bonnie Raitt and Maroon 5 debut new music for launch of Patagonia Music Collective

jack-johnsonImage Credit: Mark Metcalfe/Getty ImagesJack Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, Mason Jennings, Pearl Jam, Maroon 5, and the Zac Brown Band are just some of the eco-conscious musicians teaming up with outdoor clothing company Patagonia Inc. to exclusively release previously unavailable songs.

The Patagonia Music Collective will charge $.99 for each track, with net proceeds going directly to the environmental organizations of the artists’ choice. Starting today, the songs will be available in Patagonia stores and on iTunes, for sale on two separate albums of 11 tracks each.  Subsequently, one new benefit track is to be released each week.

Jack Johnson, who debuted his latest music video, “From the Clouds,” on last week, will be contributing a live version of his song “To the Sea.” For Johnson, his involvement was a natural outgrowth of his engagement in other eco-friendly charities and his friendship with Patagonia founder—and fellow outdoorsman—Yvon Chouinard. “I first signed up for 1% For the Planet, which Yvon launched in 2001,” Johnson says. “You donate at least 1% of all your earnings for the year to environmental non-profit groups.”

For the Patagonia Music Collective, Johnson intends for proceeds from sales of his song to benefit the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, which he says “supports environmental field trips in which kids can get out of the classroom and get into nature.”

Bonnie Raitt has chosen the non-profit public interest law firm Earth Justice as her recipient. “I’ve been a supporter of Earth Justice for almost a decade, because, as their slogan states, ‘the Earth needs a good lawyer,’” she says. She’s teaming up with Jon Cleary on a live duet of his “So Damn Good.”

Other exclusive tracks include a live version of the Zac Brown Band’s “Cold Hearted,” Mason Jennings’ “Don’t Let the World Go Black,” Maroon 5’s acoustic take on “Wake Up Call,” and, fittingly, a live recording of Pearl Jam’s “Oceans.”

Jack Johnson’s new video ‘From the Clouds': Watch it here — EXCLUSIVE

Prince's pre-Super Bowl concert halted last-minute

Sadly, Prince fans weren’t able to party like it’s 1999 this weekend: A pre-Super Bowl concert headlined by the musician was canceled just hours before ticket-buyers were set to pack the theater. According to the Associated Press, the concert — which was to be held Friday at TheEvent to benefit arts group The Goss-Michael Foundation — was halted for unknown reasons. First, The Goss-Michael foundation blamed the organizer for its cancellation in a statement early Friday (“It is our understanding that River Alexander Group, the event organizer, was unable to fund and produce the evening,” it said in a statement), then retracted their comments, insisting that Price had arrived in Dallas and that the show would go on. Prince, however, reportedly did not receive transportation to the event from the show’s organizers, and he was unable to get to the venue. Tickets cost upwards of $1,500; though ticket-holders will be reimbursed, Chris Arnold, the emcee and organizer of the event, told the AP: “I just want to let everybody know that I am truly sorry.”

Robert Downey Jr., Sting, and Sinead O'Connor join upcoming benefit album

Robert Downey, Jr., Sting, and Korn’s Jonathan Davis are among the artists lending their voices to The Prayer Cycle 2: Path to Zero, a seven-song album to benefit Global Zero, a movement dedicated to the elimination of nuclear weapons. Composer Jonathan Elias wrote, produced, and coordinated the album, which is a followup to his similarly-themed 1999 release, The Prayer Cycle.

The album also includes the voices of The American Boys Choir, Jon Anderson, Richard Bona, Jonathan Davis, Dadawa, Alex Ebert, Elias’ daughter Lilli Elias, Hakim, Salif Keita, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Angélique Kidjo, Yungchen Lhamo, Jim Morrison (whose estate licensed a recording of him reciting poetry), Sinead O’Connor, Joanne Shenandoah, Trudie Styler, and Serj Tankian. [Billboard]

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill announce star-studded 'Nashville Rising' flood benefit show

faith-hill-tim-mcgrawImage Credit: Kevin Winter/ACMA2010/Getty ImagesTim McGraw and Faith Hill are joining the efforts to help those struck by Nashville’s flooding in a big way. The married megastars announced this morning via press release that they’re organizing an all-star benefit concert to take place on June 22 in Nashville.

The “Nashville Rising” show will feature performances from McGraw and Hill, along with a who’s who of country talent — Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Miley Cyrus, and many more. Proceeds will go toward the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee‘s flood relief work. Tickets ($25-$75) go on sale this Friday, May 14.

Check out the full list of “Nashville Rising” performers so far after the jump. What do you think of the line-up? Will you be buying a ticket? READ FULL STORY

Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum returns with a beautiful acoustic set at Chris Knox benefit show

neutral-milk-hotelImage Credit: Will WestbrookNone of the 500 or so people who bought $75 tickets for the Chris Knox benefit show held at N.Y.C.’s Le Poisson Rouge last night were quite sure what we were getting into. We knew that a motley group of musicians and comedians would take the stage to raise money for Knox, the New Zealand indie-pop hero who suffered a stroke last summer. One of them, stunningly, would be Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel — a man as private as he is brilliant, who has performed very, very rarely since 2001. (He’s pictured above, second from the left with the rest of Neutral Milk Hotel in 1998.) Beyond that? Zip. The event’s organizers refused to provide the performers’ order or start times beforehand. Mangum’s “very short acoustic set” could be coming at any time between 6:30 P.M. and 1 A.M.

Standing in line outside Le Poisson Rouge before the show, I wondered if Mangum wouldn’t turn up at the very end of the night, play “Sign the Dotted Line,” the stirring Knox cover he contributed to last year’s Stroke tribute CD, and disappear again. I found myself thinking of an old Jewish folk song, “Dayenu“: Seeing Mangum sing even just that one tune would have been enough for me. So I went downstairs and settled in for the first few performers. Some of them, like TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone and singer-songwriter Sharon van Etten, were quite good. Out of nowhere around 8:35 P.M., comic Rachel Feinstein ended her raunchy stand-up routine with a casual, “Okay, Jeff Mangum is next!” Suddenly the room got very loud. READ FULL STORY

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