Heroes brings together the hottest contemporary artists in the music industry to record cover versions of classic tracks by musical legends who have collectively sold more than 1.4 billion albums.

We asked 15 ultimate icons to select a favourite song from their classic back catalogue and to nominate the new act they most trust to create a unique interpretation of that hand-picked track. This album is the result: 15 exclusive and breath-taking cover versions.

In devising the concept behind this album - inviting musical legends to place their faith in the next generation – we sought to mirror War Child’s work. We feel the reaction was fittingly awesome.

David Bowie and Sir Paul McCartney were the first legends to lend their support and they selected two of 2008’s most acclaimed artists: Welsh singer Duffy, whose debut album 'Rockferry’ has sold 4m copies and marked her out as one of the year’s freshest talents; and New York art-rock outfit TV On The Radio, the coolest, most critically-lauded act of the year thanks to their outstanding album ‘Dear Science’.

The Legends

Find out more about the 15 legendary artists who nominated one of their tracks to be covered for the album.

The impact

The album raised over £200,000 for War Child.

It also inspired our BRITS gig with Coldplay and The Killers — which was to become a regular event in our music calendar.