April 5, 2011

Artists and songwriters from across the EMI family are raising funds to help the Red Cross support people affected by last month’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan, through an incredible worldwide auction of personal items and memorabilia.
The charity auction, which will be managed by eBay, features items from some of the world’s biggest stars, including Coldplay, Norah Jones, Katy Perry, Gorillaz, Iron Maiden, Jane Birkin, the Beach Boys, David Guetta, Michael Franti, Lady Antebellum, The Chemical Brothers, Depeche Mode, Celtic Woman, 30 Seconds To Mars, Rosanne Cash, Daft Punk, Herbert Grönemeyer, Angela Gheorghiu, Keith Urban, Good Charlotte, and The Beatles.
All funds raised will be used towards the Japanese Red Cross disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Funds will be used 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 (April 5) and will run until April 15th, with more than 200 exclusive money-can’t-buy items. A second phase of the auction will take place between April 11th – 21st. 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, Jane Birkin’s own Birkin handbag designed by Hermes, 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 hand written 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.”
The list of items for sale in the first phase of the charity auction from April 5th – 15th includes the following:
30 Seconds to Mars - two  tickets to a US show of their choice, a meet and  greet with the band, a limited edition signed piece of merchandise, access to  watch the show from the side of the stage, and a spot to join the band onstage  during their performance of 'Kings & Queens’ 
Aaron Neville - signed  poetry book 
Alice In Chains - a signed setlist, and 20  piece poster set 
Angela Gheorghiu - her  kimono costume from Madame Butterfly 
B-52s - a dress worn by  Kate Pierson, and a signed guitar 
Bat For Lashes - costume  worn by Natasha, and a signed letter 
Beastie Boys – a Japanese  gold record, a Japanese MTV award and a rare copy of their BAPE dolls, all  signed. 
Celtic Woman - original  dress worn by Mairead Nesbitt in the ‘A Christmas Celebration Live’  DVD 
The Chemical Brothers - pair of guest tickets for Coachella, a meet and  greet with the band plus a signed set list 
Coldplay - Chris Martin's  jacket from the Viva la Vida world tour 2010 
Darius Rucker - signed  guitar, signed football and signed CD 
Depeche Mode - a limited  edition lithographic print create to celebrate the release of the Tour of The  Universe Barcelona DVD, signed by the band and framed. 
Dierks Bentley -  handwritten lyrics to ‘Beautiful World’, signed CD, signed photo, and a signed  football 
Eric Church - signed acoustic guitar 
Family Force 5 - a private  dinner with the band in Atlanta 
Good Charlotte - a meet  and greet with the band, a signed guitar, and free tickets to a live  show 
Herbert Grönemeyer - dinner  with him in Berlin 
Hot Chip - the original  drawings for the ‘Coming On Strong’ album 
Huey Lewis & The News -  hand written, autographed & framed lyrics, plus a personalized certified  gold album for Greatest Hits, and a VIP concert experience & personal  phone call from Huey to the winner 
Immodesty Blaize - 1940's  dress from major photoshoot 
Jane Birkin - her own 'Birkin' handbag 
Julien Clerc - signed  platinum disc 
Keith Urban - two tickets  and a private meet & greet on his Closer tour 
Keren Ann - a signed  guitar 
The Kooks - handwritten  lyrics to ‘Ooh La’ 
Lady Antebellum – signed  acoustic guitar 
Little Big Town - signed acoustic guitar 
Luke Bryan – a signed  guitar 
Melanie Chisholm - her  Cavalli belt as worn on the Spice Girls’ world tour 
Michael Franti - five  nights at his Bali yoga retreat 
Raphael - NRJ Award for  Best Male Artist from 2006 
Sick Puppies - a signed  acoustic guitar 
Simple Minds - spend a day  on tour with the band 
Tiziano Ferro - painting  created for him by a top artist, inspired by his music 
Vasco Rossi - a special  black carpet, used at the launch of his new album
The list of items for sale in the second phase of the charity auction from April 11th – 21st includes the following:
Arcade Fire - four VIP  tickets to their Hyde Park show on  30th June 2011 
B-52s - signed  guitar 
Beach Boys - signed limited  edition Pet Sounds plaque, plus hand-written, autographed & framed lyrics  to a Beach Boys song from Brian Wilson 
The Beatles - the last  of an extremely limited edition Schwinn bicycle featuring the Yellow Submarine  artwork 
Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) - a limited  edition tour T-shirt worn by Billy Corgan 
Chris Tomlin - handwritten  and signed lyrics 
Corinne Bailey Rae - a  personal favourite Prada dress worn by Corinne on her first tour, along with a  note from Corinne 
Daft Punk - 1987 Ferrari  412, used in the Daft Punk film Electroma 
David Bowie - 35 albums  signed by the artist 
David Crowder Band - signed  Yamaha keytar 
David Gilmour - three  framed and signed prints of David Gilmour in Gdansk, photographed by Anna Wloch, including  David, Polly and Lech Walesa, David on stage at soundcheck and a selection of  David's guitars. 
David Guetta - his Apple  MacBook, used to create the demos for his album ‘One Love’. 
Deadmau5 - his famous  diamante mau5 head stage costume 
Dean Martin - the  opportunity to record a duet with Dino at the world-famous Capitol Studios  
Duffy - the bicycle used by  Duffy in the making of her 2009 Diet Coke commercial 
Duran Duran - a painting by  the band 
A Fine Frenzy - the outfit  worn by Alison to the 2011 Grammys, plus the handwritten lyrics to a song of  the winning bidder’s choice 
Gorillaz - limited edition  lithograph with certificate of authenticity signed by Jamie Hewlett and Damon  Albarn   
Helene Fischer - a dress  worn by Helene on stage 
Iron Maiden - exclusive  limited edition ‘Ed Force One’ A2 print signed by Iron Maiden, two pieces of  original Iron Maiden Japan 2011 event artwork signed by artist Herve Monjeaud,  plus signed Nicko McBrain drumsticks as used on The Final Frontier World  Tour 
Jeff Bridges - signed  guitar, and a drawing of the seed maze from his yard 
JLS - Aston and Ortise’s  bowling shirts from the filming of ‘Stars & Strikes’, plus two signed  albums 
Jonas Brothers - signed  bag 
Juan Luis Guerra - the hat  worn on the cover of ‘La Llave De Mi Corazon’, signed by the artist 
Katy Perry - a cupcake  trampoline featured on stage on her current California Dreams tour 
Kylie Minogue - signed  ‘Kylie’ large lettering in white wood, from the ‘Fever’ album promotional  campaign 
Marisa Monte - signed  limited edition CD/DVD kit 
Megadeth - a guitar signed  by Dave Mustaine 
Norah Jones - a signed  guitar 
Philippe Jaroussky - signed  and framed gold disc 
Priscilla Ahn - a  watercolor painting created by Priscilla following the Japanese earthquake,  entitled ‘Falling, Tumbling, Raindrop Hearts’ 
The Prodigy - signed drum  machine from their studio, and a 7” limited edition of ‘Invaders Must  Die’ 
Rosanne Cash - the blouse  designed by Catherine Malandrino that Rosanne wore on ‘The Tonight Show with  Jay Leno’ in 2006, autographed copies of her "Black Cadillac" and "The List"  albums, autographed copy of her memoir "Composed,” and two tickets to any  concert of the winning bidder’s choice with a meet and greet backstage 
Scouting For Girls - signed  Brits memorabilia 
Simply Red - signed and  framed setlist from a gig in Tokyo 
Tinie Tempah - his pink  blazer worn in the video for ‘Frisky’ 
Willie Nelson - signed  guitar
There are three items donated by the world famous 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.

Click here to view all the items.


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