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Oasis hits album out in November
Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis
Four Oasis members have left over the years but the Gallaghers remain
Rock group Oasis have announced they will release an 18-track greatest hits album in time for Christmas.

Stop the Clocks will feature a mixture of chart singles and lesser-known B-sides, all chosen by the band.

Wonderwall, Half the World Away and debut hit Supersonic will be on the collection, released on 20 November.

Oasis are to take a break from touring and recording but there was "absolutely no truth" in suggestions they were splitting up, a band spokeswoman said.

"They've been touring for nearly two years and finished in May, and then they said they were going to take some time out," she told the BBC News website.

Britpop icons

Fronted by the Gallagher brothers, Oasis have sold 40 million albums around the world since they formed in 1993.

Noel, 39, and Liam, 33, have become renowned for their feuding, temper and swearing, as well as being one of the defining bands of the Britpop era.

Their first two albums - Definitely Maybe and (What's the Story) Morning Glory - were critically acclaimed and earned them global attention.

Be Here Now would become the fastest-selling album in chart history when it was released at the height of their fame in 1997.

Since then, they have released three further studio albums, plus a live set and a B-sides compilation.

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