Oasis top charts after two year break

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Rock superstars Oasis bounced back after a two-year break by racing straight to the top of the charts to claim their fifth number one on Sunday.

Rock superstars Oasis bounced back after a two-year break by racing straight to the top of the charts to claim their fifth number one on Sunday.

The group's huge fanbase flocked into stores throughout the week helping 'Go Let It Out', the first taste of their fourth album Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants, to oust Gabrielle from the peak of the singles chart.

But the guitarist and mastermind behind the band, Noel Gallagher, was indifferent to the success of the band's high new entry to the singles chart.

Speaking about the importance of number ones, he told PA News: "I've never really bothered about chart positions, we've had a few number twos as well. It's never really mattered in the first place.

"We're not obsessive about it because it doesn't mean anything at the end of the day. What matters is that we're happy with the songs and they get through to people.

"It certainly doesn't make you feel bad about yourself if you don't get to number one - and it doesn't make you feel any better if you do."

The track sold well from the moment it hit the record racks on Monday morning.

Many stores opened early to cope with the expected clamour of fans on their way to school, college or work. One, the HMV shop in Dundee, had not even planned its 8am start, but the crowd queuing outside prompted staff to throw open the doors anyway.

By midweek Oasis had sold 114,000 copies of their single, compared to Gabrielle's Rise which had achieved sales of just 34,000. In fact, Oasis had sold almost as many copies as the rest of the top eight put together.

The band was last at number one with All Around The World in January 1998 before taking a break from recording until they regrouped last summer to record the album in a French chateau.

Since the record's completion the band lost two mainstays, guitarist Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan and bass player Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs who wanted to spend more time with their families and were thought to be unhappy at the thought to a lengthy world tour.

However Oasis have since recruited the technically more proficient Gem Archer - ex of Heavy Stereo - on guitar and Andy Bell, formerly with Ride on bass.

The band release Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants on February 28.

Gabrielle had some comfort after being ousted from her two week reign at number one by taking the top slot in the album chart with Rise.

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