Entries in Earthquake (11)


Lady Gaga Urges Folks to Visit Japan

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(TOKYO) -- Arriving in Tokyo ahead of her performance at a benefit for Japanese earthquake relief, Lady Gaga told reporters that she wants to encourage everyone to come visit the disaster-ravaged country.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Gaga said, "I would like to use my position here today and all week long to run around Tokyo and enjoy the beautiful city...and scream at the top of my lungs that everyone should come and visit this beautiful place.  This is one of my most favorite places on Earth.”

Japan's tourism industry has suffered following the earthquake and subsequent nuclear disaster earlier this year.  Continuing her focus on that theme, Gaga said at a Thursday press conference that it is "important that we remind the world that Japan is now safe, that the doors are wide open for tourists from all over the world to come in and enjoy the beautiful country."

During the press conference, Gaga carried a teacup onstage and sipped from it throughout, according to the Wall Street Journal.  The lipstick-stained cup will be auctioned off, according to the paper, with proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross' March 11 disaster relief fund.

On Saturday, Gaga will appear on MTV Video Music Aid Japan, which will be broadcast live to 30 million households all across Asia.  The fans vote on the winners, and for every fan vote, MTV will donate about 12 cents to the Japanese Red Cross.

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Gilbert Gottfried Defends Jokes About Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami

Shawn Ehlers/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Comic Gilbert Gottfried remains baffled by the fact some people were upset with him last month for joking on Twitter about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The tweets cost him his job as the voice of the Aflac duck, but Gottfried says the controversy was much ado about nothing.

He sarcastically notes, "The first people to blow it up totally and were the most outraged and shocked and hurt were TMZ and Perez Hilton, because they are, like, the arbiters of good taste."

Gottfried says the jokes were no different from the kind of humor he's exhibited on Comedy Central roasts, as well as in the profane and intentionally tasteless film, The Aristocrats.

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Lady Gaga to Perform Live at 'MTV Video Music Aid Japan'

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga will perform live Saturday, June 25 at an event called MTV Video Music Aid Japan, which will take place at a venue just outside Tokyo.

Gaga is the first performer to be announced for the show, which is being staged as a live international TV event.  It'll benefit the Japanese Red Cross, raising money for its relief efforts after the earthquake and tsunami that hit last month.

The show will air live in more than 30 million homes on MTV Japan, Korea, China and Southeast Asia.  A one-hour version of the show will air later on all MTV channels, as part of MTV's World Stage weekly music series.

Additional celebrity performers and attendees will be announced at a later date.

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'Songs for Japan' Released on CD Tuesday

Legacy Records(NEW YORK) -- If you aren't the type who likes to digitally download your music but you still want to donate to Japanese disaster relief, you'll be glad to know that the benefit album Songs for Japan is being released as a physical two-CD set on Tuesday.

The disc, which came out digitally on March 25, features 38 songs by the world's biggest artists for just $9.99.  Proceeds go to the Japanese Red Cross Society, which will receive $2 million this week as an advance payment from the disc's global sales.  Worldwide, it's sold 250,000 digital copies so far.

As previously reported, the album includes songs by everyone from John Lennon, U2, Bruce Springsteen and Elton John, to Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Madonna and Pink.

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Top Artists Featured on 'Songs for Japan' Benefit Album

Legacy Records(NEW YORK) -- If you haven't yet donated money to disaster relief in Japan, here's the perfect opportunity.

A benefit album titled Songs for Japan is now available on iTunes.  The collection is quite a bargain -- you get a whopping 38 tracks from top names like Michael Buble, Sting, Josh Groban, John Mayer, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Katy Perry, all for just $9.99.  The catch is that you have to buy the entire album -- you cannot break it up into individual tracks.

Proceeds will go to the Japanese Red Cross to benefit disaster relief efforts in Japan in the wake of the recent earthquake and tsunami.  All the artists, record labels, publishers and even iTunes itself have waived their royalties to raise the maximum amount of money.

Most of the songs on the collection are hits that have been been previously released, but there are a few album tracks, too.  In addition, the Lady Gaga track "Born This Way" is reportedly an exclusive remix.

Here's the Songs for Japan track listing:

1. John Lennon, "Imagine"
2. U2, "Walk On"
3. Bob Dylan, "Shelter from the Storm"
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Around the World"
5. Lady Gaga, "Born This Way"
6. Beyonce,"Irreplaceable"
7. Bruno Mars, "Talking to the Moon"
8. Katy Perry, "Firework"
9. Rihanna, "Only Girl (In The World)"
10. Justin Timberlake, "Like I Love You"
11. Madonna, "Miles Away"
12. David Guetta, "When Love Takes Over"
13. Eminem, "Love the Way You Lie"
14. Bruce Springsteen, "Human Touch"
15. Josh Groban, "Awake"
16. Keith Urban, "Better Life"
17. Black Eyed Peas, "One Tribe" 
18. Pink, "Sober"
19. Cee Lo Green, "It's Ok"
20. Lady Antebellum, "I Run to You"
21. Bon Jovi, "What Do You Got?"
22. Foo Fighters, "My Hero"
23. R.E.M., "Man on the Moon"
24. Nicki Minaj, "Save Me"
25. Sade, "By Your Side"
26. Michael Buble, "Hold On"
27. Justin Bieber, "Pray"
28. Adele, "Make You Feel My Love"
29. Enya, "If I Could Be Where You Are"
30. Elton John, "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
31. John Mayer, "Waiting on the World to Change"
32. Queen, "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)"
33. Kings of Leon, "Use Somebody"
34. Sting, "Fragile"
35. Leona Lewis, "Better In Time"
36. Ne-Yo, "One in a Million"
37. Shakira, "Whenever, Wherever"
38. Norah Jones, "Sunrise"

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Gilbert Gottfried Apologizes for Japan Jokes; Stars Chime in

Shawn Ehlers/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Comic Gilbert Gottfried is now apologizing for the jokes he posted last weekend on his Twitter page about the killer Japanese quake and tsunami, which got him fired from his decade-long gig as the voice of the Aflac duck.

In a statement, the comic said Tuesday, "I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy...I meant no disrespect, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families."

Some stars are saying the insurance company should have known what they were getting into with Gottfried, whose stand-up material is known for often crossing the line.

On his radio show Tuesday, Gottfried's pal Howard Stern said, "You couldn't ask for a more inappropriate human being than Gilbert Gottfried.  When the Aflac people hired him...they know this is an offensive guy, this is a guy whose humor is offensive.  He's made fun of every natural disaster I know...There's no reason for him to be fired.  They should have never hired him to begin with!"

Joy Behar expressed a similar sentiment on The View Tuesday.

Joan Rivers also sounded off about Gottfried Tuesday, saying "That's what comedians do!  We react to tragedy by making jokes to help people in tough times feel better through laughter."

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Lady Gaga's Japan Bracelets Raise $250K for Disaster Relief

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Just two days after Lady Gaga announced that she was selling bracelets to raise money for Japanese disaster relief, her fans responded by ponying up $250,000.

On Monday, Gaga tweeted, "Monsters, in just 48 hours, you've raised a quarter of a million dollars for Japan's important that we help."

The bracelets, which read "We pray for Japan" in both English and Japanese, cost $5 each and will be shipped March 25.  Those interested can get them at her official online store.

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Katy Perry Donating Merchandise Sales to Japan Disaster Relief

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(AMSTERDAM) -- After urging her fans via Twitter to donate to the Red Cross following the earthquake and tsunami devastation in Japan, Katy Perry is now making her own donation to the cause.

While at a tour stop in Germany on Monday, the singer requested via Twitter that fans buy a certain item from her merchandise booth to benefit relief efforts.

Perry wrote, "If u go by the merchandise stand, purchase a [Katy Perry] light-up wand.  All proceeds will go 2 to #Japanredcross.  And when I play... Firework, let's ignite the light for them tonight."

She added, "I will be doing this for future shows so be ready!!!"

On Tuesday, Perry tweeted to her audience in Amsterdam, "Remember that if u purchase a #CALIFORNIADREAMS light wand, all proceeds will go 2 #JAPANREDCROSS!  LET'S LIGHT IT UP FOR JAPAN!"

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Rapper 50 Cent Jokes About 'Hoes' After Japan Earthquake

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- While many celebrities sent prayers and dollars to Japan in the wake of Friday's deadly earthquake and tsunami and urged their fans to do the same, one responded to the crisis by cracking a couple of ill-advised jokes.

"Wave will hit 8am them crazy white boys gonna try to go surfing," rapper 50 Cent tweeted Friday morning. That afternoon, 50 (real name: Curtis Jackson) added, "Look this is very serious people I had to evacuate all my hoe's from LA, Hawaii and Japan. I had to do it. Lol."

The rapper seemed to come to his senses minutes later, writing, "Nah this is nuts but what can anyone do about it. Let's pray for anyone who has lost someone." He then compared the natural disaster to a movie and said that "hate it or love it...some of my tweets are ignorant I do it for shock value."

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Celebrities React on Twitter to Japan Quake and Tsunami

FUKUSHIMA MINPO/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Celebrity reaction to Thursday's earthquake and tsunami in Japan has been swift as stars take to Twitter to offer condolences and best wishes to the victims.

"Oh man yall see this earthquake in japan??????!!!!!! Let us pray!!!! God bless Japan!" P. Diddy posted on his Twitter account.

"My prayers and love is with all of those in Japan. Wow my heart is breaking with every image I see. So sad! Praying hard!" Khloe Kardashian tweeted.

Glee star Lea Michele expressed her sympathy on the networking site: "So devastating to hear about the huge earthquake and tsunami Japan. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone there."

For celebrities, the news of the 8.9 quake hit especially close to home. Many stars do publicity and perform in Japan. Moreover, the tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake was expected to reach Hawaii and parts of the West Coast.

Back from a recent tour stop in Japan, Katy Perry wrote, "My prayers go out to anyone that is being effected by the disaster in Japan ... #prayforjapan."

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