‘Songs for Japan’ Raises $5 Million in First Month

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NEW YORK (PR Newswire) — “Songs for Japan,” the star-studded album collection benefiting Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief, has raised $5 million for the Japanese Red Cross Society, based on the first month’s sales of the digital release and the physical two-CD set.

The Japanese Red Cross Society last
month received a payment of $2 million on behalf of the participating artists, songwriters, music labels, music publishers and iTunes – all of whom have waived their royalties and proceeds to ensure that the JRCS receives as much support as possible from this initiative.

A further payment of $3 million was made to the JRCS on Monday.

Less than one week from its inception, “Songs for Japan” was rush-released worldwide as a digital album exclusively via iTunes on March 25, followed by a first run of nearly 500,000 CD sets rushed into physical production for worldwide availability on April 4.

More than 500,000 digital and physical copies have been sold to date, enabling the latest payment to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Both versions of “Songs for Japan” continue to sell and rank in music charts globally, with all the participants continuing to raise awareness of the release and the relief funds being raised.

A music industry-wide charity initiative, “Songs for Japan” is an unprecedented compilation of 38 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.

Featured artists are John Lennon, U2, Bob Dylan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lady gaga, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, David Guetta, Eminem, Bruce Springsteen, Josh Groban, Keith Urban, Black Eyed Peas, Pink, Cee Lo Green, Lady Antebellum, Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, R.E.M., Nicki Minaj, Sade, Michael Buble, Justin Bieber, Adele, Enya, Elton John, John Mayer, Queen, Kings of Leon, Sting, Leona Lewis, Ne-Yo, Shakira, and Norah Jones.

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