Songs for Japan is a charity compilation album created to benefit relief efforts for the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. A collaborative project between the music industry's "big four" record labels (EMI, Sony, Universal, and Warner), the album was released through the iTunes Store on March 25, 2011 through Universal. Royalties for the songs featured on the album were waived so that all proceeds may be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society. A physical album was released on April 4, 2011 through Sony. Adele's single "Make You Feel My Love" was featured on the album.
Although Songs for Japan received praise for its charitable purpose, it was criticized for being a compilation of already released songs, with the exception of Lady Gaga's remixed "Born This Way". This is unlike past charity albums such as Hope for Haiti Now that have included original music and performances.
The album sold 68,000 copies in its first sales week in the United States, debuting at number six on the Billboard 200. It sold 8,000 copies in Canada and debuted at number three on the Candian Albums Chart. On the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand's compilations chart, the album debuted at number one. As of May 4, 2011, over 500,000 copies of the album have been sold, and over $5 million has been raised.
The song was certified as a gold record by the RIAJ in Japan for a shipment of 100,000 or more physical copies.
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. Beyoncé - '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. Eminem ft. Rihanna - 'Love The Way You Lie'
13. Bruce Springsteen - 'Human Touch'
14. Josh Groban - 'Awake'
15. Keith Urban - 'Better Life'
16. Black Eyed Peas - 'One Tribe'
17. P!nk - 'Sober'
18. Cee Lo Green - 'It's OK'
19. Lady Antebellum - 'I Run To You'
20. Bon Jovi - 'What Do You Got'
21. Foo Fighters - 'My Hero'
22. REM - 'Man On The Moon'
23. Nicki Minaj - 'Save Me'
24. Sade - 'By Your Side'
25. Michael Buble - 'Hold On'
26. Justin Bieber - 'Pray'
27. Adele - 'Make You Feel My Love'
28. Enya - 'If I Could Be Where You Are'
29. Elton John - 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me'
30. John Mayer - 'Waiting On The World To Change'
31. Queen - 'Teo Torriate (Let Us Cling Together)'
32. Kings Of Leon - 'Use Somebody'
33. Sting - 'Fragile'
34. Leona Lewis - 'Better In Time'
35. Ne-Yo - 'One In A Million'
36. Shakira - 'Whenever Wherever'
37. Norah Jones - 'Sunrise'