Lady Gaga launches fundraiser for Japan crisis

Lady Gaga, Linkin Park and Blink-182 have launched fundraisers to aid victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. With designer wristbands, original T-shirts and memorabilia auctions, the three acts hope to raise money for the Red Cross, Music for Relief and other groups.

Since Friday, artists including Justin Bieber and Coldplay have been advocating for earthquake relief, mostly on Twitter. "So tragic," wrote Britney Spears. "#prayforjapan" suggested Katy Perry. There are routine calls for fans to text certain numbers – such as 90999 in the US – to donate money to the Red Cross. But without an international telethon on deck, this is generally the extent of musicians’ philanthropy.

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