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Another record fund-raiser for Japan, but where are the classics?

Hours after Universal launched a Japan-aid album, here’s EMI with a charity auction.

Only one classical artist in it, though. 
I want to buy Natalie Dessay’s used hardware. Not Kylie Minogue’s.
Show me a longer list.

LATE EXTRA: EMI tell me that Diana Damrau and the Berlin Phil have joined the auction. Counter-tenor Philippe Jarousky is also coming on board and Yundi Li is rummaging through his sock drawer (it’s what Chopin pianists like to give as presents, don’t ask).
That’s all very well, but where’s Natalie’s piece?
Press release follows:

 

 

 

ARTISTS AND
SONGWRITERS FROM THE EMI FAMILY UNITE FOR JAPAN

 

Exclusive
charity auction to raise funds for the Japanese Red Cross’s disaster relief
efforts, at ebay.co.uk/EMIfamily4Japan

 

London, 5 April
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.

 

Artists from the EMI Classics and
Virgin Classics family taking part in the auction include Angela Gheorghiu,
Philippe Jaroussky, YUNDI and Diana Damrau.

 

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.co.uk/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 signed 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.

 

- ENDS
-

 

Enquiries

 

For
EMI:

Dylan
Jones

SVP, Corporate Communications,
New
York

Tel: +1 212 492
1230

djones@emigroup.com

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