Entries in Relief Efforts (3)


Taylor Swift Tornado Benefit Show Raises $750,000 in Ticket Sales

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Taylor Swift opened the final dress rehearsal for her Speak Now North American tour to fans Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee.

Proceeds from ticket and merchandise sales all went to the tornado relief effort in Alabama.

During the concert, Swift told the crowd, "We don't have the final tally yet, but we do know that so far just based on tickets alone, you have raised over $750,000."

As for the show itself, Swift's Speak Now show is her most highly-produced presentation yet.  Kicking off with "Sparks Fly," the singer's new set features a ton of pyrotechnics, costume and set changes, elaborate dance routines and even Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics and a full onstage ballet routine.

Over the the two-hour show, Swift played all but one of the songs from the Speak Now album, switching between ukulele, banjo, guitar and piano throughout the night.  Staples from her catalog, such as "Our Song" and "Love Story," rounded out the song list.

Swift's Speak Now tour launches in North America Friday in Omaha, Nebraska.

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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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