一方、ユニバーサル ミュージックはジャスティン・ビーバーや「U2」、レディー・ガガ、リアーナ、さらにボン・ジョヴィらトップ・アーティストを集め、日本の被災者のためのコンピレーション・アルバム「SONGS FOR JAPAN」を音楽配信限定で発売。さらに、日本でも大人気のシンガー・ソングライター、ジャック・ジョンソンは5万ドル（約400万円）の寄付を発表、「ボーイズIIメン」も赤十字に送る10万ドル（約800万円）の募金への協力をファンに呼びかけました。
Dear readers, I hope you know that we are all over here keeping each and every one of you in our prayers. I realize that these past several days have been one of the most challenging times in your lives... and first of all, people here in the US are talking about how brave and incredibly strong you continue to be, even though the situation is still very critical. And Hollywood has also taken notice of all the damage that Japan has gone through and the lack of supplies and funds. It is wonderful to see that many of our favorite celebrities are rallying together and trying to raise money AND awareness about what is currently going on in Japan. Here is the latest...
first of all Canadian singer/songwriter Bryan Adams ( who has performed in many charity concerts over the years, including LIVE AID) recently announced that he is planning on helping put together a rock concert to help raise money for Japan. He explained that "Japan has given so much to all the rockers over the years. Everybody has spent time there." And I ABSOLUTELY agree with him! Japanese music fans are, by far, some of the most loyal music fans in the world!
In more music news, the hard rock band Iron Maiden, who was just in Japan performing, will be donating all the proceeds of their T-shirt sales to Japan. And remember the band Hanson? Well, the Hanson brothers were at the big music festival in Austin, TX called SXSW (South by Southwest). Well, they produced a 12-hour telethon to raise money for relief efforts, and got some of their popular "friends" to come help out...such as Michael Stipe from rock band R.E.M. All artists donated their time ( and many also donated money) and all the proceeds from the sales of the songs sold will go to the Red Cross.
Meanwhile Universal Music just released a charity disc titled "SONGS FOR JAPAN" featuring Justin Bieber, U2, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Bon Jovi and making a digitally-released recording, for Japan. Another favorite singer/songwriter in Japan, Jack Johnson announced that he will be donating $50,000 of his own money to the cause. And Boys II Men have asked all their fans to help them raise $100,000 by making donations to the REd Cross.
Meanwhile two very popular fashion brands have also announced that they are throwing some of the money into the cause as well...New York Fashion House COACH recently donated $5 million to the American Red Cross. And a brand extremely popular with the younger crowd, Forever 21, also donated money from its global online sales to Disaster Relief in Japan. And YES, there is much work that needs to be done, and much money that needs to be raised, but it is good to know that people realize this and are contributing to the massive relief effort. SO STAY STRONG JAPAN!