'Songs for Japan' benefit features 38 tracks

“Songs For Japan,” an all-star 38-track digital-only album, was released Friday exclusively on iTunes, with all proceeds benefiting the Japanese Red Cross Society’s earthquake relief activities.

Set succeeds 2010’s similarly styled “Hope For Haiti Now,” Web-only compilation dedicated to the island relief effort, which was issued after a network benefit telecast. That set became the first digital-only album to reach No. 1, shifting 171,000 downloads in just two days (Variety, Jan. 28, 2010).

All four major label groups are participating in the Japan compilation, which is selling for $9.99.

Hit-driven collection includes tracks by Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Adele, U2, Sting, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Lady Antebellum and Justin Bieber. All performers have waived royalties for their contributions, as has Apple.

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