The Mancunian lads are looking forward to booting Gareth Gates off the top of the UK charts...

OASIS release their first single in almost two years today (April 15) – and are hoping to knock GARETH GATES from the top of the UK singles chart.

‘The Hindu Times’, is the first song to be released from their forthcoming album ‘Heathen Chemistry’, the follow-up to July 2000’s ‘Sunday Morning Call’.

A chart expert has told NME.COM that the song has a good chance of success this week.

A spokesperson for Virgin Megastore said: “We think Oasis are almost certainly good enough to go to Number One this week. However, we don’t expect it to sell as well as some of the band’s singles have in the past.”

An expert at HMV agreed. He said: “It’s looking very good for Oasis to come storming back into the charts at Number One with ‘The Hindu Times’, and so earn the thanks of a grateful nation, as knock Gareth Gates off the top spot in the process.

“Not surprisingly, there’s been loads of interest from customers over the last few weeks, which should translate into sales over the next few days, particularly as this is the band’s first release for ages. The main competition is likely to come from the brilliant [/a]’ ‘There Goes This Fear’, although it’s limited edition format and is bound to have an effect on chart position.”

Other new singles released today include ‘ ‘There Goes The Fear’, Pulp‘s ‘Bad Cover Version’ and [a][/a]’ ‘Let’s Push Things Forward’. All are expected to break into the Top 40.

In related news, Oasis have also confirmed two more European live dates, at the Barcelona Razzmatazz on June 19 and Berlin Columbiahalle (24).