Meeting Nov. 8 in Tokyo to mark the $10 million raised by "Songs for Japan" were (from left) Adrian Cheesley, president, Asia Pacific/Latin America, EMI Music; Chris Ancliff, general counsel of Warner Music International; Yoshiharu Otsuka, VP of the Japanese Red Cross Society; Universal Music Japan artist Thelma Aoyama; Max Hole, COO of Universal Music Group International; and Edgar Berger, president/CEO, international, Sony Music Entertainment.
"Songs for Japan", the 38-track charity album created by the four majors to benefit victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March, has raised $10 million for the Japanese Red Cross Society.
At a Nov. 8 reception in Tokyo hosted by IFPI CEO Frances Moore, senior executives from EMI Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group met with Japanese Red Cross VP Yoshiharu Otsuka to mark the occasion.
In a statement, Japanese Red Cross Society president Tadateru Konoe thanked the labels for their efforts.
"The kind thoughts of the people who made and bought this album have given great encouragement to the people affected by the earthquake and tsunami," Konoe said. "One hundred percent of the money raised goes directly to those most in need. On behalf of the Japanese Red Cross and the people affected by the disaster, I want to sincerely thank the artists and music companies for this generous support. It is much needed and greatly appreciated."
Released worldwide on iTunes just two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami (and subsequently released as a two-CD set at physical retail), "Songs for Japan" features a mix of classic songs like John Lennon's "Imagine" and Bob Dylan's "Shelter from the Storm" and more recent hits like Rihanna's "Only Girl (In the World)" and Leona Lewis' "Better in Time."
The album peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 in April and has sold 357,000 units in the United States to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Worldwide sales have topped 1 million, the majors say. All proceeds from the sale of "Songs for Japan", including royalties due to participating artists, songwriters, labels and music publishers, are being donated to the Japanese Red Cross.