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Liam Gallagher's 'As You Were' Becomes Highest Selling Vinyl Record In 20 Years

Mark McGowan

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Liam Gallagher's 'As You Were' Becomes Highest Selling Vinyl Record In 20 Years

It might not come as a shock to you to learn that Liam Gallagher's As You Were has become the highest-selling vinyl record in 20 years.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the former Oasis frontman's debut solo album sold 16,000 vinyl copies in its first week, which helped send it to number one.

Overall, As You Were sold a combined total of 103,000 records and was reportedly outselling the entirety of the top 20 album chart put together.

LG has enjoyed a somewhat explosive return to the music scene since embarking on his first solo mission. The album was released on 6 October, following the singles 'Wall of Glass', 'Chinatown', 'For What It's Worth' and 'Greedy Soul'.

It's been heralded as a return to form, after the Mancunian's post-Oasis outfit Beady Eye failed to make a significant impact on the charts across two albums (2011's Different Gear, Still Speeding and 2013's BE).

Older brother Noel has also made a return to the spotlight, announcing his third album with his High Flying Birds. Who Built The Moon? is due for release on 24 November, and will feature the single 'Holy Mountain'.

The rocky relationship between the two Gallaghers will always be a more sought-after story for fans and the media, while statistics may go unnoticed.

However Liam's efforts are beginning to be recognised after As You Were was the highest-selling UK album by the midweek stage since Ed Sheeran's ÷.

Including his previous work, this now LG's ninth number one album, an achievement shared with the likes of Queen, ABBA and George Michael - with Gallagher having described the latter as a 'modern-day Elvis'.

As You Were sees Liam take on songwriting duties, with the help of Greg Kurstin, Andrew Wyatt and others. Back in the days of Oasis Noel Gallagher was the chief songwriter, with Liam not chipping in until their fourth studio album Standing on the Shoulder of Giants.

Noel wrote many classics like 'Live Forever', 'Rock n Roll Star', 'Wonderwall', 'Don't Look Back in Anger', 'Champagne Supernova', 'Morning Glory'. But despite not having written those songs, Liam says that he'll continue to sing Oasis favourites as he feels they're as much his as they are Noel's.

Noel, known as The Chief, made his comeback with 'Holy Mountain', a song totally different to anything he's done in the past.

He says that it was inspired by a 70s track called 'The Chewin' Gum Kid', by an act called The Ice Cream, and it has also drawn comparison to Plastic Bertrand's 1977 new wave classic 'Ça Plane Pour Moi'. However, many fans have also pointed out a resemblance to 'She Bangs' by Ricky Martin.

Whichever side you land on with the Gallagher brothers' infamous sibling rivalry, it's a good time to be a fan of the pair.

Featured Image Credit: Liam Gallagher via Twitter/PA

Topics: Oasis, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher

Mark McGowan
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