A 38-track album dubbed Songs for Japan was released on Friday, March 25, featuring hit tunes by a star-studded ensemble including Adele, Foo Fighters, Eminem, Lady Gaga, U2, and others.
Labels Sony, EMI, Universal, and Warner have joined forces to release the charity album, with proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross Society to raise money for the victims of the earthquakes and tsunami.
You can download the album now via iTunes for $9.99 (about €7). A physical release is set for April 4. The album is currently number one on the iTunes album chart in the US and number two in the UK, just below Adele's 21.
All in all, 38 artists lent songs to the album, including legends Bob Dylan, Madonna, and Bruce Springsteen. All songs on the album were Top 40 hits in the US, and all acts on the album (and their labels) have waived royalties to insure the Japanese Red Cross Society receives as much support as possible.
On Sunday, March 27, Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Sonic Youth, Cibo Matto, and others performed a benefit concert for Japan in New York City. British rock stars Richard Ashcroft, Paul Weller and Liam Gallagher of Oasis fame will also play a charity gig on April 3 in London to raise funds for the cause.
The complete tracklisting for Songs of Japan is:
John Lennon - "Imagine" (remastered)
U2 - "Walk On"
Bob Dylan - "Shelter From the Storm"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Around the World" (live)
Lady Gaga - "Born This Way" (Starsmith remix)
Beyonce - "Irreplaceable"
Bruno Mars - "Talking to the Moon" (acoustic piano version)
Katy Perry - "Firework"
Rihanna - "Only Girl (In the World)"
Justin Timberlake - "Like I Love You"
Madonna - "Miles Away" (live)
David Guetta - "When Love Takes Over" (featuring Kelly Rowland)
Eminem - "Love The Way You Lie" (featuring Rihanna)
Bruce Springsteen - "Human Touch"
Josh Groban - "Awake" (live)
Keith Urban - "Better Life"
The Black Eyed Peas - "One Tribe"
P!nk - "Sober"
Cee Lo Green - "It"s OK"
Lady Antebellum - "I Run to You"
Bon Jovi - "What Do You Got?"
Foo Fighters - "My Hero"
R.E.M. - "Man On the Moon" (live)
Nicki Minaj - "Save Me"
Sade - "By Your Side"
Michael Buble - "Hold On (radio mix)"
Justin Bieber - "Pray" (acoustic)
Adele - "Make You Feel My Love"
Enya - "If I Could Be Where You Are"
Elton John - "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me"
John Mayer - "Waiting On the World to Change"
Queen - "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)"
Kings of Leon - "Use Somebody"
Sting, Steven Mercurio & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - "Fragile" (live in Berlin)
Leona Lewis - "Better In Time"
Ne-Yo - "One In a Million"
Shakira - "Whenever Wherever"
Norah Jones - "Sunrise"