Oasis CD breaks U.K. record

LONDON — The new album from Oasis has become the fastest-selling release ever in the U.K., moving 356,000 copies in its first day, Aug. 21.

Sales for “Be Here Now” bettered the former weekly record-holder, Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” which sold 350,000 in its first week. Oasis’ previous album, “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” moved 345,000 units in its first week.

The Virgin record store chain alone sold 104,000 copies of the new platter on day one, outstripping the previous first-day record holder, “The Fat of the Land” by Prodigy, which had sold 41,000.

The EMI-owned HMV chain moved about 70,000 copies of “Be Here Now,” also a first-day record. British retailers likened the buying frenzy to that for the release of U2’s “The Joshua Tree” in 1987.

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