Global Music Effort Available as 2-CD Set on April 4


NEW YORK (PRNewswire) — “Songs for Japan,” a star-studded album collection benefitting Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief, has been rushed into production as a double CD to be available worldwide Monday, April 4, with an official U.S. domestic release on Tuesday, April 5.

Released as a digital album on iTunes on March 25, “Songs for Japan” rocketed to No. 1 on iTunes in 18 countries, including the U.S., France, Germany, Australia, Sweden and Japan, and is debuting in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200, based solely on a three-day window of domestic digital sales. Worldwide, music fans have purchased more than 250,000 digital copies of the album in the first week of sales.

Next week, an advance donation of $2 million – reflecting proceeds from the digital album’s global sales – will be made to the Japanese Red Cross Society to support its disaster relief efforts. The artists, the music labels and music publishers have waived their royalties and proceeds to ensure that the JRCS receives as much support as possible from this initiative. iTunes is also donating its proceeds from the album’s worldwide sales to the benefit of the JRCS, and is prominently featuring the project throughout its stores worldwide.

A music industry-wide charity initiative, “Songs for Japan” is an unprecedented compilation of 37 major hits and classic tracks, including 21 Billboard Hot 100 hits and five No. 1s from more than 30 of the biggest names in contemporary music.

The two-disc collection features an all-star lineup:

1.    John Lennon, “Imagine”

2.    U2, “Walk On”

3.    Bob Dylan, “Shelter from the Storm”

4.    Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Around the World”

5.    Lady Gaga, “Born This Way”

6.    Beyonce, “Irreplaceable”

7.    Bruno Mars, “Talking to the Moon”

8.    Katy Perry, “Firework”

9.    Rihanna, “Only Girl (in the World)”

10.  Justin Timberlake, “Like I Love You”

11.  Madonna, “Miles Away”

12.  Eminem, “Love The Way You Lie”

13.  Bruce Springsteen, “Human Touch”

14.  Josh Groban, “Awake”

15.  Keith Urban, “Better Life”

16.  Black Eyed Peas, “One Tribe”

17.  Pink, “Sober”

18.  Cee Lo Green, “It’s Ok”

19.  Lady Antebellum, “I Run to You”

20.  Bon Jovi, “What Do You Got”

21.  Foo Fighters, “My Hero”

22.  REM, “Man on the Moon”

23.  Nicki Minaj, “Save Me”

24.  Sade, “By Your Side”

25.  Michael Buble, “Hold On”

26.  Justin Bieber, “Pray”

27.  Adele, “Make You Feel My Love”

28.  Enya, “If I Could Be Where You Are”

29.  Elton John, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”

30.  John Mayer, “Waiting on the World to Change”

31.  Queen, “Te o Toriatte (Let Us Cling Together)”

32.  Kings of Leon, “Use Somebody”

33.  Sting, “Fragile”

34.  Leona Lewis, “Better in Time”

35.  Ne-Yo, “One in a Million”

36.  Shakira, “Whenever Wherever”

37.  Norah Jones, “Sunrise”

Participating labels are EMI Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group.