Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Soar to the Top of UK Charts

Posted by at 11:53 am on October 24, 2011

Former Oasis member Noel Gallagher soared to the top of the British album chart on Sunday with his debut solo release, brushing aside Matt Cardle, last year’s “X-Factor” winner.

The defunct Manchester band’s lead guitarist and main songwriter sold more than 120,000 copies of the album, 40 percent more than Cardle, according to the Official Charts Company.

With its mix of Oasis-style rock, softer jazzy influences and even a nod toward 1970s disco, Gallagher’s solo venture has garnered mostly positive reviews in the British media.

Performing under the name Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, which is also the title of his first solo album, he will be touring across Britain, North America, Europe and Japan.

Gallagher quit Oasis in 2009, complaining that he could no longer work with his brother Liam, the band’s lead singer. It marked the end of one of the most successful — and often volatile — British rock bands of the last 20 years.

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