Lady Gaga continues to be the highest profile foreign artist promoting relief efforts for the Japanese earthquake/tsunami.
Friday April 22, 2011
In addition to designing and selling a special wristband that has raised $1.5 million and contributing a cut to the “Songs for Japan” charity album, the singer has signed on to perform at the June 25 MTV Japan benefit show for the Japanese Red Cross at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba, located just outside of Tokyo.
The show is titled the MTV Video Music Aid Japan and serves as both the culmination of the network’s Music of Hope campaign and the 10th annual MTV Japan Video Music Awards.
This year’s show will be hosted by the 48-member girl idol collective AKB48.
MTV has said that Music of Hope was “designed to inspire and rally young people to contribute time or funds to recovery and rebuilding efforts, featuring inspirational music videos, live performances, artist interviews, exclusive news and stories about artists and young people who have been impacted by the disaster.”
It will be broadcast live over MTV networks in Japan, South Korea, China and Southeast Asia.
It will also be reduced to a one-hour program that will be shown on other MTV channels throughout the world.
Songs For Japan, the charity album to benefit Japan Earthquake efforts has raised more than $5 million since being released. The album features some of today’s biggest stars and has sold more than 500,000 albums since dropping last month.
The two-disc CD set and accompanying downloads were completed as a joint effort from some of the world’s largest record labels and includes hitmakers Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Madonna among many others.
Money from the collaboration is being handed over to the Japanese Red Cross Society and consists of 38 hit songs and classics that go all the way back to John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Elton John’s “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.”
Songs For Japan Includes Eminem, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga And More
Benefit album is now on iTunes, with proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross Society.
Lady Gaga, Eminem, Beyoncé, Madonna, the Kings of Leon and Katy Perry joined a list of already-announced artists like Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna on the album, which is available worldwide on the iTunes Store for $9.99. Proceeds from the sale of Songs for Japan will benefit the Japanese Red Cross Society.