New Oasis album (almost) ships

Oasis fans are divided this morning as German fans of the Manchester band have already enjoyed a chance to buy the as-yet unreleased album – following a seeming blunder by Apple’s German iTunes service.

Scheduled for release on May 30, the new album, ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’ was clearly available on Apple’s German music store on May 3 – but you needed a German credit card and billing address to buy it.

While details remain sparse, iTunes Germany stopped the capacity to buy and download the songs last night (May 4) at 6pm. The songs from the album remain listed on iTunes, but fans of the band are told that they can only “pre-order” the tracks, confirmed someone close to the band’s management.

While Apple has declined to comment a statement from the band’s management is expected today.

Heathen secrecy

Any release from Oasis is customarily highly protected. When the band released its third album(‘Be Here Now’), reviewers had to sign agreements requiring that they were forbidden to even play the album to anybody else, Macworld has learned.

Despite the security surrounding the release, multiple reports claim that tracks from the album are appearing on peer-to-peer networks.

Oasis will release ‘Lyla’, a new single taken from the album on May 16. Discussing the single, Noel Gallagher said: ”It’s The Who. ‘Lyla’ was specifically designed for pogoing. We wrote 66 tracks and ‘Lyla’ was one that we revisited late on and it’s ended up on the album. I’m happy with every track on the album.”

The track listing for the album reads: Turn Up The Sun; Mucky Fingers; Lyla; Love Like A Bomb; The Importance Of Being Idle; The Meaning Of Soul; Guess God Thinks I’m Abel; Part Of The Queue; Keep The Dream Alive; A Bell Will Ring; Let There Be Love.

Forthcoming shows

The band has several live shows scheduled for May: London Astoria, May 10; Edinburgh Usher Hall, May 15; London Clapham Grand, May 22; London Coronet, May 25.

The UK and Ireland leg of the band’s album-promoting tour follow:

Wednesday 29 Glasgow Hampden Park
Thursday 30 Manchester City Of Manchester Stadium

Saturday 2 Manchester City Of Manchester Stadium
Sunday 3 Manchester City Of Manchester Stadium
Wednesday 6 Southampton Rose Bowl
Saturday 9 Milton Keynes National Bowl
Sunday 10 Milton Keynes National Bowl
Tuesday 12 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Wednesday 13 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Saturday 16 Dublin Marley Park