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U2 and Justin Bieber confirmed for Japan charity album

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Story by Jack Foley

U2 and Justin Bieber are among the acts confirmed to appear on an album to raise funds for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

They will be joined by Bon Jovi and Rihanna on the digital-only album, which Universal Music is hoping to release globally by the end of the week.

All proceeds raised from the sale of the album will go to the Japanese Red Cross.

News of the charity effort came as Japanse police on Tuesday said that the death toll from the disaster had now risen to 9,079, with 12,645 people listed as missing.

A spokesman for Universal Music said: “We are doing it only digitally because it is faster.”

Trinidadian rapper/singer Nicki Minaj, whose album Pink Friday went to No.1 in the US last year, is also confirmed to appear on the album, while Lady Gaga, who has already started to raise funds for Japan through the sale of a specially designed “We Pray for Japan” rubber wrist band that went on sale last week, is also tipped to contribute.

The Poker Face singer has already credited her fans with raising $250,000 (£153,000) within the first two days of sales.

Justin Bieber, meanwhile, announced his participation on the album via Twitter, when he wrote: “Japan needs our help… We all need to step up.”

Further artists are due to be announced in due course.