More than 20 years after Oasis‘ peak, both Noel and Liam Gallagher shot to #1 in the UK this year, both with one of the Top 5 highest debuts of the year. This demonstrates how solid their following remains in their native country. One may wonder how they managed to create such a powerful fan base. Obviously, if you can put Wonderwall, Don’t Look Back In Anger, Roll With It, Morning Glory, Champagne Supernova, Some Might Say and She’s Electric into the same studio album, you are very likely to perform well. The string of memorable smashes that Oasis dropped from 1994 to 1997 raised the band’s status from unknown guys to one of the biggest bands on Earth in no time. Their Beatles-esque style opened the door to ferocious debate and arguments in both commercial and artistic points of views. Even though the band has been past its peak for a while those talks still continue to this day.
These discussions are fed with several myths. We can read everywhere that (What’s the story) Morning Glory? sold 22 million units to date, or that Definitely Maybe sold 15 million. As a wise reader of ChartMasters.org, you know that you have to take these claims with a pinch of salt – or two, or three pinches. On the other hand some argue that the group never broke into the mainstream of America. Unlike discussions surrounding stars from today which happen between fans and haters talks related to Oasis have been widely covered by all forms of media including the biggest ones.
The lack of accurate facts and objective comparisons based on reliable data prevented the argument from being solved. However, now is the time to solve that argument. At last, the answers are coming!
As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge their results. This concept will not only bring you sales information for all Oasis‘ albums, physical and download singles, as well as audio and video streaming, but it will also determine their true popularity. If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC method, the next page explains it with a short video. I fully recommend watching the video before getting into the sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to skip the video and get into the figures.