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Oasis' "Dig Out Your Soul" Gets Release Date, Warner Distribution

July 30, 2008 1:41 PM ET

Oasis' seventh album Dig Out Your Soul will be released on October 7th. Additionally, it was announced that the band's new album — released through the group's own Big Brother Recordings — will be distributed in the North America by Warner Music. "The new music kicks ass," says Warner Bros. Records COO Diarmuid Quinn, obviously excited to add Oasis to his label's roster. Meanwhile, Sony BMG will continue to handle Oasis' U.K. distribution. "The Shock of Lightning," the album's Noel Gallagher-penned first single, will hit radio in mid-August (but you can hear a snippet of it at the end of this video. Dig was recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios with producer Dave Sardy and mixed in Los Angeles. For the album's track list and strange cover art, check the band's official website.

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