Entries in Japan (15)


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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Katy Perry Sad After Husband Kicked Out of Japan

MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Katy Perry was left heartbroken in Japan after her hubby Russell Brand was booted from the country over the weekend.

He went to Japan to visit her during her tour but, according to tweets from Perry, he was deported due to unspecified incidents involving Brand over 10 years ago.

She wrote on Twitter, " husband just got deported from Japan. I am so. sad. I brought him all this way to show him my favorite place...But of COURSE I ♥ my Japanese fans & the show #MUSTGOON no matter the daily aftershocks or husband kidnappings!"

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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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Gwen Stefani Donates A Million Dollars to Japan Disaster Relief

PRNewsFoto/L'Oreal Paris(NEW YORK) -- Gwen Stefani is one star who puts her money where her mouth is -- she's donated a million dollars to Save the Children's "Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund" to help relief efforts in that country.

In a statement, Gwen said, "I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture. The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking and I want to do anything I can to help. I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years.”

But Gwen didn't stop there.  She's also designed a limited-edition T-shirt which will be sold through her band's website,  One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit relief efforts.  The T-shirt is part of Gwen's Harajuku Lovers line, which was inspired by the vibrant youth culture and fashion found in the Tokyo district known as Harajuku.  In addition, plans are being made for a charity auction and fundraising event.

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Ke$ha Postpones Japanese Tour, but Show Goes On for Ne-Yo

Carlos R. Alvarez/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Following the disaster in Japan, Ke$ha has canceled her upcoming tour of that country.  Billboard reports that in a statement, the singer said, "I genuinely don't think right now would be appropriate timing for me to perform in Japan, given the content and spirit of my show, which is all about feeling exuberant, rowdy and wild."  She added that she'll return to the country "when we are all ready to dance and Get $leazy together again."  Ke$ha, who also pledged to "do everything I can to help relief efforts," will start a U.S. tour leg April 1 in Clarion, Pennsylvania.

However, Ne-Yo decided not to let the recent events in Japan stop him from performing there.  Over the weekend, he gave a concert in the city of Nagoya, and tweeted that he was setting up donation boxes in the venue to help those in need.  He also sold special wristbands, the proceeds from which will go to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami.  The singer will do the same at his show Tuesday in Yokohama and Thursday in Tokyo.  He's calling his campaign "Spread Love Through Music."

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Sandra Bullock Gives $1 Million to Japan Earthquake Victims

John Shearer/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Sandra Bullock stepped up to do what no celebrity has done in the wake of the 9.0 earthquake that rocked Japan last week: she donated a significant sum of money to relief efforts.

Thursday, the American Red Cross told ABC News that this week, the Oscar-winning Blind Side actress donated $1 million to those affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The Red Cross confirmed that Bullock's is the largest celebrity donation it has received since the disaster.

Bullock -- who reportedly made $56 million between June 2009 and June 2010 -- has shelled out for relief efforts in the past. She donated $1 million following Haiti's massive earthquake and has been a vocal proponent of rebuilding the areas of New Orleans affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Many stars have used Twitter to encourage fans to donate to the Red Cross and other clean up organizations. Some have gone further. On Tuesday, Saturday Night Live alum Kevin Nealon hosted a benefit comedy show at Hollywood, Calif.'s Laugh Factory. All ticket sales went to the Red Cross.

On his website, Charlie Sheen, the pop culture sensation of the moment, announced that he will donate $1 from each ticket of his upcoming live show, My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option, to the Red Cross' fund for relief. Tickets to his Chicago and Detroit shows, which range from $35 to $75, reportedly sold out within minutes.

Last week, Lady Gaga announced she's selling a self-designed "We Pray for Japan" wristband on her website; all proceeds from the $5 band will go to Japan relief efforts.

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New Black Eyed Peas Video Dedicated to the People of Japan

WireImage/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Black Eyed Peas are turning their new video into a tribute to the people of Japan, currently suffering through the aftermath of last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami.  The clip, for the song "Just Can't Get Enough," was shot over three days in that country just days before the earthquake hit.  According to the Peas' record label, the video opens with the message, "This video was filmed in Japan one week before the earthquake. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people of Japan. We love you."

Fergie says of the clip, "It was the easiest video I ever shot, because it was us living our's showing a true perspective of how it can sometimes be lonely on the road away from our loved ones."  She adds, "It also demonstrates the love and connection we have with Japan. Our heart goes out to all of the Japanese people who have been affected by this natural disaster." 

Group member Taboo adds, "It was an amazing moment in time because Japan has always been my favorite place on the planet and it was great to do our video there!  God bless the Japanese...our love goes out to them."

The clip closes with a request for fans to donate to the Red Cross.  It's set to premiere Thursday, the same day that the Peas perform the song on the American Idol results show.

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