THEY WANNA GET DOWNLOADED…

And it's all for War Child...

BADLY DRAWN BOY, TRAVIS and SPIRITUALIZED are the first three acts to donate songs to a charity download site which will launch in mid-June.

The website, [url=]warchildmusic.com, will offer users the chance to download music at 99p a track, or £3.50 a month for unlimited downloads. All profits from the sale will be used by War Child, the charity responsible for the 1995 charity album ‘Help’, to help children in troubled regions.

The site was created by Managing Director James Topham and Editorial Director, and former NME editor, Ben Knowles. Former NME.COM features editor Neil Mason will edit the site.

“We’ve been overwhelmed at the initial response to Warchildmusic and over the next few weeks we’ll be adding plenty more artists and bands to our launch roster,” explained Topham.

“Every track – and we’re after everything from covers to acoustic versions, live recordings, alternative mixes, remixes or simply unreleased tunes – will be exclusive to Warchildmusic.

“This is an ongoing project which we’re sure will quickly become essential for artists and fans alike. Although the profits are going to charity, the site is all about music.”