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"I'm so glad I can be part of this fundraising effort along with the EMI family."
—-Norah Jones

EMI ARTISTS, SONGWRITERS UNITE FOR JAPAN

Exclusive eBay Charity Auction to Raise Funds for Japanese Red Cross

EMI Music is pitching in to help Japan.

Artists and songwriters from across the company’s labels are raising funds for the Japanese Red Cross to support people affected by last month’s earthquake and tsunami through an unprecedented worldwide auction of personal items and memorabilia.

The charity auction, which will be managed by eBay, features items from EMI artists Coldplay, Norah Jones, Katy Perry, Gorillaz, Iron Maiden, the Beach Boys, David Guetta, Michael Franti, Lady Antebellum, the Chemical Brothers, Depeche Mode, Celtic Woman, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Rosanne Cash, Daft Punk, Keith Urban, Good Charlotte and The Beatles.

All funds raised will be used towards the Japanese Red Cross disaster relief efforts for the on-going provision of immediate relief to support the affected population during their recovery. EMI Group has committed to match all funds raised from the auction up to a maximum of one million euros.

The first phase of the charity auction starts today and will run until April 15, with more than 200 exclusive items. A second phase of the auction will take place between April 11 21. All the items can be viewed at ebay.com/EMIfamily4Japan.

Items included in the first phase of the auction include Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin’s jacket from the 2010 Viva La Vida world tour, a pair of vintage speakers from Abbey Road’s famous Studio 3, five nights at Michael Franti’s yoga retreat in Bali, the Beastie Boys’ Japanese MTV award, and a signed limited edition lithographic Depeche Mode print.

The second phase of the charity auction will include a 1987 Ferrari 412 as featured in Daft Punk’s film Electroma, Katy Perry’s cupcake trampoline from her current California Dreams world tour, a limited edition Beatles Yellow Submarine Schwinn bicycle, a signed guitar from Norah Jones, the MacBook used by David Guetta to create the demos for “One Love,” framed handwritten lyrics from Brian Wilson, Tinie Tempah’s pink blazer from the “Frisky” video, and a limited edition Gorillaz lithograph signed by Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn.

Multi-Grammy award winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones said: "Japan has been one of my favorite countries to visit and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this disaster. I'm so glad I can be part of this fundraising effort along with the EMI family."

Brit award winner Tinie Tempah commented: "I was shocked when I heard about the earthquake and the devastating effect that it has had on the Japanese people, and my thoughts are truly with them. I'm happy to be a part of this great fundraising effort alongside the EMI family. I really hope it helps make things a little bit easier at such a difficult time.”

There are three items donated by Abbey Road Studios, including an in-depth tour of the studio (which is otherwise not open to members of the public), a pair of Quested Q412 loudspeakers, system, amps and crossovers (circa 1987) from Abbey Road Studio 3, and a 1921 Steinway grand piano from the now-closed Olympic Studios, along with a photograph of it being played by Bono.

In addition to these auction items, the charity auction will feature other very special items including a collection of all 37 editions of the US hit NOW compilation series, plus a number of signed CDs, box sets, posters and other items from artists including Jane’s Addiction, Robbie Williams, John Lennon, David Bowie, Radiohead, Pink Floyd and The Band.

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