And you thought they were just a bunch of corporate sh1tbuckets. EMI show their human side with a an Ebay auction which benefits an incredibly good cause - Red Cross Japan Relief. A full 100% of proceeds will be passed to the charity.
On offer are a collection of very special items donated by EMI and their artists, ranging from Katy Perry's cupcake-shaped trampoline (condition - used) to Daft Punk's rare Ferrari (bidding starts at £15,530).
Of more interest to classical fans might be an hour's private singing lesson with the goddess of the very high C's, Diana Damrau. Bid for yourself or as a gift for someone who really needs it.
Or what about Angela Gheorghiu's very own kimono? Warning - EMI aren't promising that it'll turn up after you've paid for it.
Coming up in later auctions - a signed Martha Argerich ashtray? A private gig from the Berlin Philharmonic? The Bernard Haitink Monstah Book of Jokes (fits in a very small envelope)? We can but dream.
*for one hour only. Package is for one (1) person. You may bring a guest to watch. Location is Munich opera house. Date of the experience is mid-September and based on Diana’s schedule. No travel or accommodations are included. Lesson will last up to 60 minutes. A background check may be required for the winner and guest. If the winner or guest fails the background check, they forfeit the prize. Please bid accordingly. This package does not include any items/services that are not detailed in the above description. Any upgrades, extended stays or changes to the provisions of this package are the sole responsibility of the winner. This package must be for use by the winner and his/her invited guest only. They are not transferable by the winner or any of his/her invited guests, and may not be sold, otherwise transferred or used for any other purpose, including promotional, commercial, advertising, or other trade purposes. The package may be given as a gift only. Respect for Diana Damrau and her staff will be expected at all times. Inappropriate behavior by any member of the winning party could result in the immediate conclusion of the experience with no refund. No lawyers have been harmed in the marketing of this prize.