With the recent tragedy in Japan still fresh in our memories, many celebrities have taken time out of their busy schedules to help in any way they can think of. The 8.9 degree magnitude earthquake has been estimated to be the most expensive disaster ever at something around $309 billion worth of damage so far.
Last week in LA, Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick was standing on the side of the road for hours holding up a sign that encouraged people to pray for Japan.
Mark Hoppus has announced that the members of Blink 182 will be auctioning off some memorabilia with the proceeds going to benefit the American Red Cross. Hoppuss described some of the items on his Twitter, including the original lyrics to The Rock Show and his orange sweater from the Dammit video.
Sonic Youth will be selling some of their memorabilia in New York City. They have plans to host a benefit concert at Columbia University’s Miller Theater with performances from Yoko Ono, Mike Patton, John Zorn, Sean Lennon and others. Thurston More will be performing solo for another benefit concert in April.
Lady Gaga raised a quarter of a million dollars in 48 hours by selling wristbands that say “We pray for Japan,” on her website at five bucks a pop.
Linkin Park is taking orders for t-shirts at their website also to raise money for Japan. Mike Shinoda who is half Japanese, designed the t-shirts himself.
Sandra Bullock has donated one million dollars to efforts to support Japan, making her the largest celebrity contributor so far.
Actor Clint Eastwood is also reported to have donated one million dollars.
Pop star Katy Perry tweeted that all proceeds from the sale of ‘light wands’ at her concert in Germeny would go towards the Japanese Red Cross.
The Black Eyed Peas who were in Japan a week before the disaster shooting the video, for Just Can’t Get Enough, have chosen to end the new video with a message that urges people to donate to the Red Cross.
Norah Jones will also be having a benefit concert in New York.
Lou Reed is scheduled to appear in a fundraising event hosted by the Japan Society along with Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass and Bill Laswell.
And Hanson played an improvised 12 hour set at SXSW and encourages fans to continue making donations to the SXSW 4 Japan Fund.
The Universal Music Group is releasing a musical compilation later this week featuring tracks from artists such as U2, Rihanna, Bon Jovi, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.
Warner Bros will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of DVDs of the movie Hereafter.
Warp Records has announced the sale of a beneficiary t-shirt at their website.
by Elizabeth de Moya