Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Lorde, One Direction, Bob Dylan and Beyonce, are among a host of stars who have donated songs to an album to raise money for the Philippines relief effort after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan.
Record labels Universal, Sony, and Warner Music have joined forces to put together a hits galore compilation album Songs for the Philippines. It lists 39 songs and has something for everyone.
Songs included on the album include Bieber’s “I would” from his 2013 Believe Acoustic album, Bob Dylan’s “Shelter From The Storm,” Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally,” Beyonce’s “I Was Here,” Justin Timberlake’s”Mirrors,” The Beatles’ “Across the Universe,” Madonna’s “Like A Prayer,” Lorde’s “The Love Club,” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger.”
The compilation album is now available on iTunes for $9.99, and all the proceeds will be donated to the Philippines Red Cross.
Over 5,700 people were killed and millions affected when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 8.
(Photo: via milktyson Instagram, captioned, “My brother @justinbieber just blessed me with some art at one of my spots! We are gonna do somet[hing] big to give back to the victims of the tragedy. #PrayForThePhilippines.”)
In financial terms, damage costs are estimated to be north of $288 million according to the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) disaster agency. A United Nations appeal for $301 million in relief aid has so far raised $131 million, according to an online tracker.
Earlier this month, Bieber used graffiti art to contribute to an (as yet) unspecified Philippines relief effort.
On Saturday (Nov. 17), the teen singer spray-painted graffiti on a wall in Los Angeles along with a friend.
Bieber’s design of hands clasped in prayer with the words “Pray 4 Philippines” written above it and signed “JB,” is to be auctioned off together with the spray cans used and a personally signed picture of the work. A gallery of pictures of the street art were first published at TMZ.
Justin’s contribution to the Philippines effort follows his participation last month in building a school for deprived children in a rural part of Guatemala, Central America with Pencils of Promise.
Pencils of Promise is a non-profit, international educational organization that was founded in 2008 Bieber’s manager’s (Scooter) brother, Adam Braun.
The organization builds schools all over the developing world with its aim focused on “giving every child” an education.
During his tour stop in Guatemala, Bieber visited a village with members of his team and reps from Pencils of Promise and physically helped to build a wall of the school partly contributed to by ticket sales from his Believe tour. The pop star also removed his own shoes and gave them to one of the local children.
After his experience, Bieber posted a video in which the 19-year-old admitted, “My eyes were just opened to just something brand new.”
The singer went on to say he felt the local people changed him as much as his visit had helped to changed conditions for them.
“I feel like they helped me as much as I helped them. You can make a huge difference in this world if you just give to others. It is a feeling like no other,” he added.
Bieber’s work with PoP runs alongside outreach efforts with Child Hunger Ends Here, the Make-A-Wish Foundation (where he holds the highest “wish” count for any musician), his donations to the Whitney Elementary School, the direction of partial proceeds from his 2011 Christmas album “Under The Mistletoe” to charity, and to Pencils of Promise from his 2011 fragrance “Someday.”
The singer also helped raise funds for child brain cancer research with the parents of a deceased young fan — Avalanna Routh —- who died from the disease at the age of six.
For a full track listing of the Songs for the Philippines album visit here.
[Images via TMZ]