Definitely Maybe

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Definitely Maybe is the debut album by English rock band Oasis, released in August 1994. It was an immediate commercial and critical success in the UK, having followed on the heels of singles "Supersonic", "Shakermaker" and "Live Forever".

Definitely Maybe went straight to number one in the UK Album Charts on initial release. It was the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK when released, being surpassed in 2006 by Arctic Monkeys debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. It has been certified 7x Platinum there (2.1 million+ sales). Definitely Maybe marked the beginning of Oasis' success in America, selling over one million copies there, despite only peaking at 58 on the Billboard 200. The album went on to sell over 12 million copies worldwide and brought widespread critical acclaim. Today, it is still regarded as one of the most important albums by a British band.

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Background

Formerly called The Rain, Oasis formed in 1991. Originally consisting of Liam Gallagher, Paul Arthurs, Paul McGuigan, and Tony McCarroll, the group was soon joined by Liam's older brother Noel Gallagher. The elder Gallagher insisted that if he were to join, the group would give him complete control and they would work towards superstardom.[1] Noel had been writing songs for years, and replaced the group's repertoire with his compositions.

Oasis signed to independent record label Creation Records in 1993. The limited-edition 12" single "Columbia" was released in late 1993 as a primer for the band for journalists and radio programmers. Unexpectedly, BBC Radio 1 picked up the single and played it 19 times in the fortnight after its release, surprising for a record not available in stores.[2] The band's first commercial single "Supersonic" was released on 11 April 1994. The following week it debuted at number 31 on the British singles chart.[3] The single was followed by "Shakermaker" in June 1994, which debuted at number 11 and earned the group an appearance on Top of the Pops.[4]

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