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Songs for Japan is a charity compilation album created to benefit relief efforts for the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. A collaborative project between the music industry's "big four" record labels (EMI, Sony, Universal, and Warner), the album was released through the iTunes Store on March 25, 2011 through Universal.12 Royalties for the songs featured on the album were waived so that all proceeds may be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society.34 A physical album was released on April 4, 2011 through Sony.5
Although Songs for Japan received praise for its charitable purpose it was criticized for being a compilation of already released songs, with the exception of Lady Gaga's remixed "Born This Way". This is unlike past charity albums such as Hope for Haiti Now that have included original music and performances.6
The album sold 68,000 copies in its first sales week in the United States, debuting at number six on the Billboard 200.7 It sold 8,000 copies in Canada and debuted at number three on the Canadian Albums Chart.8 On the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand's compilations chart, the album debuted at number one.9 As of May 4, 2011, over 500,000 copies of the album have been sold, and over $5 million has been raised.10
The song was certified as a gold record by the RIAJ in Japan for a shipment of 100,000 or more physical copies.11
The CD features 37 tracks,212 while the iTunes version contains 38 tracks.
- ^ "Global Music Effort Launches "Songs for Japan" Album on iTunes to Benefit Japan Disaster Relief" (Press release). New York: PR Newswire. March 25, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
- ^ a b Montgomery, James (March 25, 2011). "Songs For Japan Includes Eminem, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga And More". MTV. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
- ^ "John Lennon, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Josh Groban hits together on 'Songs for Japan' benefit album". Los Angeles Times. March 25, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
- ^ "Major Labels Join for Compilation for Japan". ABC News. Associated Press. March 25, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
- ^ Collett-White, Mike (March 25, 2011). "Major record labels join for Japan relief album". London: Reuters. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
- ^ Fallon, Kevin (2011-03-25). "'Songs for Japan': Justin Bieber, Bob Dylan, and Beyonce Unite for Random Compilation of Unoriginal Music". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2011-03-29.
- ^ Caulfield, Keith (March 30, 2011). "Chris Brown Nets First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard (Los Angeles: Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved March 30, 2011.
- ^ Williams, John (March 30, 2011). "Six new debuts crash charts". JAM! Music (Canadian Online Explorer. QMI Agency). Retrieved March 30, 2011.
- ^ "Chart #1766 – Monday 28 March 2011: Top 10 Music Compilations Chart". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. March 28, 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
- ^ "'Songs for Japan' Album Raises $5 Million for Earthquake and Tsunami Relief". Reuters. May 4, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2011.
- ^ "ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2011年05月" [Works Receiving Certifications List (Gold, etc) (May 2011)]. RIAJ (in Japanese). June 10, 2011. Retrieved June 13, 2011.
- ^ "Songs for Japan by Various Artists". iTunes Store. Retrieved March 25, 2011.