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Oasis to Stream Entire New Album on MySpace

Despite Noel Gallagher's determined declaration last year that Oasis would never give away an album à la Radiohead, the British band is about to embrace the growing free-music culture by allowing fans to listen to its new album on MySpace.

Stopping short of giving away "Dig Out Your Soul," Oasis has announced it will post its much-anticipated seventh studio album on social-networking Web site MySpace ahead of its release date next Monday.

The album will be posted in its entirety at midday Thursday and will remain on the site, allowing fans to listen for free, for the rest of the week.

Guitarist and songwriter Gallagher had previously balked at the decline of music sales and rise of reputable bands, including Coldplay, giving away tracks online.

After Radiohead's history-making decision to make the album "In Rainbows" available via an "honesty box system" last year, Gallagher publicly declared: "I didn't spend a year in the most expensive studio in England, with the most expensive producer in America and the most expensive graphic designer in London, to then give it away."

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