Music celebs encourage fans to donate to aid Japan

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Music celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Linkin Park are rallying their fans to donate money to aid earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.

On Friday, March 11, Lady Gaga tweeted that she had designed a red-and-white wristband for purchase online, with all of the proceeds going to those affected by the disaster. "I Designed a Japan Prayer Bracelet. Buy It/Donate here and ALL proceeds will go to Tsunami Relief Efforts. Go Monsters," she tweeted.

The bracelet features Gaga's monster-paw hand gesture and the words "We pray for Japan." Bracelets sell for $5 (€3.57), but you can opt to give a larger donation of up to $100 (€71.50).

Beginning Tuesday, March 15, you can donate to the Music for Relief's Download to Donate, which previously established a fund to aid victims of the Haiti earthquake. Give $10 (€7.10) or more and you can download a collection of new songs by artists such as Glitch Mob, Linkin Park, OK Go, and Caribou.

Other music celebs such as Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, and P Diddy have been busily tweeting their thoughts on the tragedy, encouraging fans to donate to organizations such as the Red Cross.

"Imagine... if we ALL texted REDCROSS to 90999 we'd have raised over 60million dollars for #JAPAN REFLIEF! BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE! BE!" wrote Perry on her Twitter page on March 13.

Gaga is encouraging her fans to donate to the campaign established by Google CEO Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy, via Citizen Effect, a philanthropic website that relies on social media to generate donations for various causes. The couple plans to match the first $100,000 (€71,500) donated to help the American Red Cross in its relief efforts. The campaign had raised $15,650 (€11,204) as of press time.

On March 14, Simon Cowell announced via Twitter that Bieber, Spears, and Perry would be among those set to record a new song for the Japanese victims.

"Ok, For What Has Happened In #Japan I Will Be Getting Loads Of Singers To Do A Song For It, @justinbieber @britneyspears @katyperry And More," he tweeted.

Find out more about how you can donate:

Lady Gaga's wristband: http://ladygaga.shop.bravadousa.com/Product.aspx?cp=14781_42444&pc=BGAMLG88
Music for Relief: http://www.musicforrelief.org/main/
Music for Relief's Download to Donate: http://www.downloadtodonate.org
Citizen Effect: http://www.citizeneffect.org/projects/japan-earthquake-relief-fund

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