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Album for Japan aid

Album for Japan aidAfter more than two weeks of unrelenting news from Japan following the March 11 9.0-magnitude quake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, here is a bit of soft news. Four major record labels–Sony Entertainment Music, EMI Music, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group–will collaborate to release a 38-track digital album with proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross Society. The album will feature songs by musical legends such as John Lennon, Elton John, Bob Dylan and (ahem) Justin Bieber. The album will contain a wide variety of musical genres to appeal to the largest audience in order to raise the most money. The album, Songs for Japan, will be available on iTunes starting Friday for $9.99–that’s $.26 per song, cheaper than the standard $.69 to $1.29 iTunes download. A two-disc physical copy will be available early next month. Below is a track listing:

Disc 1

1. “Imagine” (Remastered) — John Lennon

2. “Walk On” (Radio Edit) — U2

3. “Shelter from the Storm” — Bob Dylan

4. “Around the World” (Live) — Red Hot Chili Peppers

5. “Born this Way” (Starsmith Remix) — Lady Gaga

6. “Irreplaceable” — Beyoncé

7. “Talking to the Moon” (Acoustic Piano Version) — Bruno Mars

8. “Firework” — Katy Perry

9. “Only Girl (In the World)” — Rihanna

10. “Like I Love You” — Justin Timberlake

11. “Miles Away” (Live) — Madonna

12. “When Love Takes Over” — David Guetta (feat. Kelly Rowland)

13. “Love the Way You Lie” (Clean Version) — Eminem (feat. Rihanna)

14. “Human Touch” — Bruce Springsteen

15. “Awake” (Live) — Josh Groban

16. “Better Life” — Keith Urban

17. “One Tribe” — The Black Eyed Peas

18. “Sober” — P!nk

19. “It’s OK” — Cee Lo Green

Disc 2

1. “I Run to You” — Lady Antebellum

2. “What Do You Got?” — Bon Jovi

3. “My Hero” — Foo Fighters

4. “Man On the Moon” (Live) — R.E.M.

5. “Save Me” (Clean Version) — Nicki Minaj

6. “By Your Side” — Sade

7. “Hold On” (Radio Mix) — Michael Bublé

8. “Pray” (Acoustic) — Justin Bieber

9. “Make You Feel My Love” — ADELE

10. “If I Could Be Where You Are” — Enya

11. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” — Elton John

12. “Waiting On the World to Change” — John Mayer

13. “Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)” (Remastered) — Queen

14. “Use Somebody” — Kings of Leon

15. “Fragile” (Live In Berlin) — Sting, Steven Mercurio & The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

16. “Better In Time” — Leona Lewis

17. “One In a Million” — Ne-Yo

18. “Whenever, Wherever” — Shakira

19. “Sunrise” — Norah Jones



Dustin Dye

Dustin Dye is the author of the YAKUZA DYNASTY series, available through the Amazon Kindle.

He lived in Okayama, Japan, where he taught English at a junior high school through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program for three years. He is a graduate from the University of Kansas, where he received a bachelor's degree in anthropology.

His interest in Japan began in elementary school after seeing Godzilla fight Ghidorah, the three-headed monster. But it wasn't until he discovered Akira Kurosawa's films through their spaghetti Western remakes that he truly became fascinated in the people and culture of Japan.

He lives in Kansas with his wife, daughter and guinea pig.

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