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Justin Bieber Joins Philippine Relief Efforts

Singer encourages fans to donate for chance to hang with him in the studio

Justin Bieber performs in Brisbane, Australia.
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December 4, 2013 2:30 PM ET

Justin Bieber is joining relief efforts for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan with a charity drive encouraging his fans to chip in for a chance to hang out with the pop star in the studio while he records new music.

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Fans who donate money through Prizeo.com will be entered in a drawing to win a trip for two to Los Angeles to meet Bieber early next year. Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines November, killing more than 5,700 people and displacing as many as 1.9 million. The storm, the strongest typhoon ever recorded in the Philippines, is estimated to have caused more than $216 million in damage to the country's infrastructure and agriculture.

"Everyone knows I've got the best fans in the world," Bieber said in a video announcing the charity effort. "So the moment I heard about the tragedy a few weeks back, I knew I could count on you guys to make a difference."

Donors qualify for different reward levels based on the amount of money they give: For example, $10 means a video message from Bieber and 10 chances to win the trip to L.A., while $200 is good for a signed photo of Bieber and 200 chances to win the trip. Money raised will benefit UNICEF, Action Against Hunger and Philam Foundation, which are assisting in the relief effort.

Other musicians have contributed, too: David Byrne is hosted a fundraiser concert with the cast of his Here Lies Love musical about former Philippines First Lady Imelda Marcos, while the Beatles, Eminem, U2 and others donated tracks to Songs for the Philippines, an album benefiting the Philippine Red Cross.

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