Good deed for the day

Relief efforts in Japan began even before the first horrible pictures came back, and they are of course continuing. It was just a matter of time before charity albums appeared, but the first one I’ve seen happens to be a gem:

In what stands as a major global music relief effort to benefit those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, over 30 of the biggest names in contemporary music have joined together for the worldwide release of “Songs for Japan,” an unprecedented compilation of 38 chart-topping hits and classic tracks, available worldwide on the iTunes Store for $9.99.

How unprecedented? John Lennon is on it (“Imagine,” of course). How much of that $9.99 is actually going to support disaster relief?

Proceeds from “Songs for Japan” will be directed to the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) to support its disaster relief efforts. The society will use the funds for the ongoing provision of immediate relief and for eventual recovery support to the affected population. The artists participating on “Songs for Japan,” the music labels and music publishers have waived their royalties and proceeds from the worldwide sales of the album to ensure that the JRCS receives as much support as possible from this global initiative. iTunes will also donate its proceeds from the album’s worldwide sales to the benefit of the JRCS, and has prominently featured the project throughout its stores worldwide.

Some of these I already had, and some of these I might not have admitted to having if I had them — yes, there’s a Justin Bieber track — but hey, it’s ten bucks for thirty-eight tracks. I’m in.

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