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Published on Aug 17, 2008
The Battle of Britpop is the unofficial title given to the 1995 singles chart battle between two popular Britpop groups, Blur and Oasis. The two bands had had a long-running feud with each side expressing their hatred for the other. On one occasion Noel Gallagher of Oasis said he wished that Damon Albarn and Alex James of Blur would "catch AIDS and die" (he later apologized for his comments). The feud between the two bands came into the mainstream in 1995 when Blur decided to release their single "Country House" a week early to coincide with Oasis's single "Roll With It". In the end, Blur won the battle by 58,000 sales: "Country House" sold 274,000 copies to 216,000 copies sold of "Roll with It".
Blur and Oasis have distanced themselves as much as possible from this event, as Oasis say they considered it over-hyped nonsense that they never really took seriously and accused Damon Albarn of merely trying to promote Blur by over-hyping the situation. Damon Albarn has also expressed regret of this incident.
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