Lady Gaga launches Japan relief bid

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Mar 12 2011 08:03 AM | Updated as of Mar 13 2011 02:44 AM

WASHINGTON - Superstar Lady Gaga on Friday launched a bracelet to support relief in Japan as top names in the entertainment world offered condolences after the mega-quake and tsunami.

Lady Gaga asked her legions of fans -- whom she calls "Little Monsters" -- to buy a bracelet on her website saying, "We Pray for Japan," for donations of $5 or more. All proceeds will go to relief efforts, she said.

Other pop stars offered condolences. R&B icon Alicia Keys wrote on her Twitter account that she woke up early in the morning with "a song in my heart," although she was not yet sure what it would be.

"My heart breaks for Japan," she said.

Canadian teen idol Justin Bieber called Japan "one of my favorite places on Earth."

"It's an incredible culture with amazing people. My prayers go out to them. We all need to help," Bieber wrote on Twitter.