Oasis were an English rock band that formed in Manchester in 1991. Originally known as The Rain, the group was formed by Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs (guitar), Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan (bass guitar) and Tony McCarroll (drums, percussion), who were soon joined by Liam's older brother Noel Gallagher (lead guitar and vocals). They have had eight UK number-one singles and eight UK number-one albums, and won fifteen NME Awards, nine Q Awards, four MTV Europe Music Awards and six BRIT Awards, including one in 2007 for outstanding contribution to music and one for the best album of the last 30 years as voted by the BBC Radio 2 listeners and they have been nominated for three Grammy Awards. To date, the band has sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide. Also the band was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010 for “Longest Top 10 UK Chart Run By A Group” after an unprecedented run of 22 successive Top 10 hits in the UK. The band also holds the Guinness World Record for being the "Most Successful Act of the Last Decade" in the UK between the years 1995 and 2005, spending 765 weeks in the Top 75 singles and albums charts.
The band's debut album, “Definitely Maybe,” went straight to #1 in the UK Albums Chart and went on to be certified seven-times platinum by the British Phonographic Industry and platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and the Canadian Recording Industry Association. Oasis' debut single, "Supersonic", peaked at #31 in the UK Singles Chart.
The follow-up to Definitely Maybe was Oasis' highest-selling album to date; “(What's the Story) Morning Glory?,” recorded with new drummer Alan White, is the third highest-selling album in the United Kingdom as of 2006, with 4.4 million units sold. The album was commercially successful, reaching #1 in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland. It was certified 14 times platinum by the BPI, four times platinum by the RIAA, eight times platinum by the CRIA and six times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The first single from “Morning Glory,” "Some Might Say", was also the band's first #1 single.
Oasis' third album, “Be Here Now,” reached the top spot in the albums charts of nine countries, and was their most successful album in the Billboard 200 where it reached #2. In 1998 the band released “The Masterplan,” a compilation of B-sides, which reached #2 and was certified platinum in the UK.
After the success of their first three studio albums, Oasis lost sales with 2000's “Standing on the Shoulder of Giants,” which nonetheless topped the UK and Irish charts. BPI-certified platinum live album “Familiar to Millions” was also released in 2000, which documents the band's performance at Wembley Stadium on 21 July 2000.
“Heathen Chemistry” was a slight improvement on “Standing...'s” downfall, as it was certified three times platinum in the UK. The album is also notable for producing four singles which reached at least the top three in the UK.
“Don't Believe the Truth,” released in 2005, reached #1 in the UK as all of its predecessors had done, and received the same Canadian and British certifications as “Heathen” had. In 2006 the band released a compilation album, “Stop the Clocks,” which reached #2 and was accompanied by an EP of the same name. Oasis produced a documentary film in 2007; “Lord Don't Slow Me Down” was released in conjunction with a single of the same name, which managed to enter the top 10. The band's seventh studio album, “Dig Out Your Soul,” was released on 6 October 2008. By 12th December 2008 it had been certified 2x platinum by the BPI.