To commemorate the NME's 50th anniversary, a number of the finest bands in the world are recording cover versions for a charity album. The record, entitled 1 Love, will be released on B-Unique in October. The NME had the first singles chart in the world 50 years ago and the bands, who include such megastars as Oasis, Manic Street Preachers, Starsailor, Badly Drawn Boy and Stereophonics will cover various #1 songs from the charts over the past half-century. War Child, the organization that benefits children whose lives are affected by various wars, will received proceeds from the sales of 1 Love.
In discussing the project, NME Editorial Director Steve Sutherland stated, "We are delighted to announce news of the 1 Love project with the full expectation that it will storm the charts and provide War Child with greater profile and, of course, vital funds. The idea is that today's top artists record a brand new version of one of their favourite number one hits of all time and, with literally hundreds of tracks to choose from, we fully anticipate that 1 Love will be a truly extraordinary and landmark album." He went on to add that just in the last day or so, the bands that had jumped on board for the project included Jimmy Eat World, Basement Jaxx and Feeder and that the CD will be produced by Oasis knob-twiddler Mark "Spike" Stent. As is warranted with a undertaking of this magnitude, we'll bring you up-to-the-minute news as it occurs.