Corinne Bailey Rae, VV Brown and other artists from the EMI family came together to raise close to $1 million to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Other singer songwriters including JLS, Sting, Bono contributed a number of their personal items and memorabilia for auction on Ebay and roped in $470,000 dollars from their fans around the world. For every dollar, EMI matched each bid with a gift of its own.

In a statement, EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon praised the artists fundraising efforts, saying:

“What a wonderful result!! It was made possible by the extraordinary generosity of so many members of the EMI family, artists, songwriters, friends and staff alike. It has been a privilege for all of us at EMI to have participated in this effort to raise money to help the people of Japan who have suffered so much.”

The gift is a generous show of support for Japan, which was devastated by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and following tsunami on March 11, 2011. The country is slowly moving into the recovery phase of its relief efforts, despite troubling reports emerging today, that cars being exported from the auto giant to Chile contained low levels of radioactivity.

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