The War Child charity and Parlophone Records have postponed the U.K. release of the multi-artist fund-raising album "Heroes" to early 2009 from its scheduled date of Nov. 24.

"We have been overwhelmed and amazed by the response to the project," said London-based War Child in a statement. "The wealth of talent who have contacted us wishing to support the charity and contribute to the album is humbling and we are delighted to have been able to change our deadlines to accommodate some of them. It was impossible to say 'no'."

As previously announced on Billboard.biz (Oct. 4), the covers album will feature exclusive versions of classic songs written by the likes of Paul McCartney, Ray Davies and Joy Division, performed by current acts including Duffy, Beck, Hot Chip and Rufus Wainwright.

War Child was created to care for children affected by war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. It released its first album, entitled "Help," in the United Kingdom in 1995. Subsequent album releases have attracted contributions from a string of acts raging from the Prodigy to David Bowie and Keane.