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Gallagher Brothers Dump Gates From Top Spot in Britain

Bad boys of Britpop Oasis stormed their way to the top of the charts this week, knocking teen sensation Gareth Gates from his throne with their new single “Hindu Times,” The Official UK Charts Company said.

Once de-throned, Gates was promptly trounced by two other chart contenders: brooding northerners the Doves with their powerful psychedelic number “There Goes the Fear,” and American boy-band NSYNC.

The Gallagher brothers’ first single in nearly two years lays vocals from both Liam and Noel over Noel’s hard-edged guitar hooks. Sales of Gates’ “Unchained Melody” were already seen waning after four weeks in the top slot.

“There Goes the Fear” by melancholy-merchants the Doves was tipped mid-week as the only serious challenger to “Hindu Times,” but sales were naturally hobbled by the release of the single as a limited edition.

Other key northern entrants were New Order at 15 with “Hear to Stay” and Pulp at 27 with “Bad Cover Version.”

New Order, the godfathers of the “Madchester” scene, are enjoying renewed popularity, and are celebrated in the recently released movie “24 hour party people.”

Southern poet “The Streets” came in at 30 with “Let’s Push Things Forward,” a number that lays urban hip-hop lyrics over early ska sounds.

Oasis found chart success in the 1990s, but the Gallagher brothers soon became more famous for their failed celebrit y marriages, drinking binges and well-publicized arguments with each other.

The brothers’ comeback will perform this summer in front of 120,000 people at Finsbury Park in north London on July 5 and 6. Their new album “Heathen Chemistry” is released in the same month.

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