The usual Gallagher ups and downs as new album 'Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants' goes straight in at one but Liam celebrates with a strop on tour...

Oasis new album ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’ went straight in at number one in the UK album charts, selling more than 200,000 copies by Friday last week.

While sales don’t match the staggering figures achieved by the band’s 1997 album ‘Be Here Now’, which sold 250,000 copies in one day, a spokesperson for the Chart Information Network told nme.com that ‘Standing…’ was “still a massive album”.

Simon Dornan, spokesman for Virgin Megastores UK, told nme.com the Oasis album was selling well but didn’t think it would eclipse Travis’ ‘The Man Who…’ which has dominated the UK album charts for a year.

Simon said: “It’s the fourth album. I can’t think of any band who’s fourth album has done well recently. I don’t think it’s got as much across-the-board appeal as Travis. That’s filled with singles that stations from Radio One to XFM to local independent radio is playing.”

While ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’ may have met with a lukewarm reception from UK critics, American rock journalists are falling over themselves to praise the album.

Critics from the LA Times to Rolling Stones have all said the album’s a step forward for the band which still has yet to make a lasting impression on America.

Billboard said: “…can only be described as vintage Oasis” and the LA Times said the redcord was “a reminder of the songwriting powers of leader Noel Gallagher”.

Rolling Stone said: Like most of the future stadium singalongs on this album, ‘Go Let It Out’ doesn’t really say much of anything. But if we must endure vague platitudes shouted from the rooftop, let them all sound this gloriously drunk with beligerence.”

Liam certainly got his knickers in a twist last Friday (March 3) when he stormed off stage early during the band’s performance in Fukuoka, Japan.

Eyewitnesses told nme.com that Liam sang ‘Go Let It Out’, ‘Who Feels Love?’ and ‘Supersonic’ but during ‘Some Might Say’ he let Noel sing the full chorus.

About halfway through ‘Acquiesce’, Liam’s voice is said to have cracked he threw his tambourine down in frustration and left the stage.

Noel was said to have told the crowd that “the singer” had lost his voice and the band were to carry on without him. He later told the crowd they could claim their money back.

After the show had finished a Japanese promoter explained that Liam’s voice had given out and apologised on behalf of the band.

The tour continues around Japan for most of March, before they travel on to play continental Europe and America. Their UK stadium tour is in July, and they also play the Reading/Leeds Carling Weekend Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

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