is a Songs for Japan 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. [1 ] [2 ] Royalties for the songs featured on the album were waived so that all proceeds may be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society. [3 ] A physical album was released on April 4, 2011 through Sony. [4 ] It is no longer available for download in the USA iTunes store. [5 ]
Reception [ edit ]
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 that have included original music and performances. Hope for Haiti Now [6 ]
Commercial performance [ edit ]
The album sold 68,000 copies in its first sales week in the United States, debuting at number six on the
. Billboard 200 It sold 8,000 copies in Canada and debuted at number three on the [7 ] Canadian Albums Chart. On the [8 ] Recording Industry Association of New Zealand's compilations chart, the album debuted at number one. As of May 4, 2011, over 500,000 copies of the album have been sold, and over $5 million has been raised. [9 ] [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 ]
Track listing [ edit ]
The CD features 37 tracks,
[2 ] while the iTunes version contains 38 tracks. [12 ]
References [ edit ]
^ "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". (Los Angeles: Billboard 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)]. (in Japanese). June 10, 2011 RIAJ . Retrieved June 13, 2011.
^ "Songs for Japan by Various Artists". iTunes Store . Retrieved March 25, 2011.