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Oasis is taking a new approach to spreading the word all around the world.

Warner Bros. Records has inked a deal with the Liam- and Noel Gallagher-controlled Big Brother Recordings and will share distribution duties with the band's longtime home, Sony BMG, on the British hitmakers' upcoming new album, Dig Out Your Soul.

Sony will continue to oversee all U.K. releases while Warner peddles the disc in North America.

"Everyone at Warner/Reprise could not be more excited at the prospect of supporting such great artists, and working closely with Big Brother to continue to increase Oasis' profile in North America," Warner Bros. Records chief operating officer Diarmuid Quinn said Wednesday. "P.S.: The new music kicks ass."

Dig Out Your Soul, the seventh studio album from the five gents who make up Oasis, is duo out Oct. 7. The Noel Gallagher-penned first single, "The Shock of the Lightning," is expected to get radio play starting in mid-August.

"I wanted to write music that had a groove, not songs that followed that traditional pattern of verse, chorus and middle eight. I wanted a sound that was more hypnotic and driving, with songs that would draw you in, songs that you would maybe have to connect to—to feel," Gallagher said.

This is the first new set of tunes from the Manchester-based mop tops—hailed as the Beatles' heir apparent when they hit the scene in 1994—since the digital-only title song they provided for the soundtrack of their 2007 concert documentary. The doc, titled Lord Don't Slow Me Down, chronicled their Don't Believe the Truth world tour in 2005 and 2006.

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